New Flora Covers Entire Southeastern United States

map of Flora downloads

The southeastern United States is home to incredible biodiversity, and new plants are discovered in this area every year. Plant lists for this region, or Flora, evolve and change, making the most recent edition vital for professionals working in conservation and natural resources management.   On the cutting edge of the research to identify plants and their ranges are herbaria. Herbaria are collections of…

Reckoning at the Garden: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

two stones mark an enslaved person's grave at the Morgan/Mason Family Cemetery

By Nick Adams, Battle Park Manager Black lives matter. At the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we stand in solidarity with those calling for accountability and justice. We share your sorrow and anguish over the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and David McAtee, and over the tragic reality that these are only the…

Make your own eco-friendly holiday ornaments

Every year we challenge ourselves to make our holiday tree theme both festive and relevant to our mission. In the recent past, we’ve seen many beautiful decorations made from seed pods, hand-colored native plant images, and “upcycled” holiday cards. This year, most of the ornaments were made from edible elements that can later be consumed…

Don’t get caught without one!

The North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. and the Friends of Plant Conservation (FoPC) are teaming up to offer a new North Carolina license plate featuring the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). The Venus flytrap is internationally-known, but only found naturally in a 90-square-mile area around Wilmington, NC. Called the most wonderful plant in the world…

Rekindling Ancestral Connections

several generations working in a garden together

by Emily Oglesby, NCBG Communications & Exhibits Coordinator Anyone who has felt the mouth-puckering astringency of an unripe persimmon knows there’s an art to harvesting wild native foods. The expertise required to spot a sweet-as-candy persimmon or harvest cattail fronds for mattress filling has existed for countless generations in Native communities. But as work has…

100 Years of Forest Theatre

entrance to Forest Theatre

Many of us know and love Forest Theatre as the late summer home of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual performances.Others remember frequent performances by various groups through the mid-1970s, and a few might even remember the work of its namesake, the father of American folktale. The Frederick Henry Koch Memorial Forest Theatre is celebrating its…

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture Explores Designing Native Plant Gardens

Chapel Hill –On Sunday, April 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. the North Carolina Botanical Garden will host plant ecologist Lisa Wagner for the Garden’s annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture, Designing with Native Plants: A Naturalistic Approach. Wagner will discuss creating sustainable and enjoyable gardens with native plants and how an ecologically balanced,…