NCBG receives national Garden Stewardship Award

A view of the Courtyard Gardens in spring, with mountain phlox, tickseed, and columbine in bloom.

We are deeply honored to be the the first-ever recipient of The American Horticultural Society’s new Garden Stewardship Award, which recognizes a public garden that embraces and exemplifies sustainable horticultural practices in design, maintenance, and/or programs. Our horticulture staff incorporate a conservation ethic into every aspect of their work, from plant selection and landscape design…

Martha Decker DeBerry Horticulture Internship

A summer internship opportunity at Coker Arboretum Note: This internship is open to current students at UNC-Chapel Hill only. Applications due: 2/28/2021 Location: Coker Arboretum Duration: 3 months (approximately mid-May to mid-August 2021) Hours: Full time; typically Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break Pay: $10.61/hour About the Garden: The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG)…

2021 Wildflower of the Year

A branch of American beautyberry fruits, starting with green at the left and ripening to a deep magenta at the right.

  American beautyberry Callicarpa americana Once again, we are bending the definition of a wildflower to offer American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) as our 2021 Wildflower of the Year. This deciduous understory shrub is native to woodlands, open forests, and disturbed areas throughout the central and southeastern United States. Beautyberry has pale green leaves along graceful…

2020 Wildflower of the Year

marsh-pink, 2020 NC Wildflower of the Year

  Marsh-pink Sabatia angularis A stunning biennial in the gentian family (Gentianaceae), marsh-pink (Sabatia angularis) is also known as rose gentian, rose pink, or bitter-bloom. Native to the eastern and southern United States, it can be found growing in low, moist edges of open woods, as well as prairies, roadsides, meadows, and marshes. Perhaps our…

Gardens Across America

NCBG garden at the USBG 2019

We’re honored to be one of 20 public gardens nationwide selected to create a demonstration garden in the U.S. Botanic Garden’s Gardens Across America exhibit, which runs from now through October 1. A team from our horticulture department traveled up to D.C. last week with a truck full of plants native to the North Carolina…

Gardening for a Drought: North Carolina Native Plants to the Rescue

2016 Northern rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

North Carolina’s abundant, diverse, and colorful native wildflowers will teach us many lessons, if we only listen. One of those lessons is that plant species differ in their tolerance to prolonged dry conditions. We can observe this when we notice the kinds of habitats where our native plants grow. For instance, the natural habitat of…