Year One of Native Plant Materials Development

  In 2019, the North Carolina Botanical Garden initiated a Native Plant Materials Development (NPMD) project designed to provide ourselves and others seeds and/or plugs for natural area restoration primarily in the Piedmont ecoregion. In its first year, NPMD collected 1.8 million seeds representing 120 species from the Piedmont, Sandhills and barrier islands. Currently, we have…

Video: Bringing Back Piedmont Prairies

  Our region, the southeastern Piedmont, is one of the fastest-growing population centers in the country. Historically, much of the Piedmont was covered by prairies – some with scattered trees and some without. These open areas, maintained by regular fire and animals like elk and bison, supported large numbers of flowering plants, pollinators, and other…

Eno/New Hope Conservation Plan Released

Cover of the Landscape Plan for Wildlife Habitat Connectivity

A Landscape Plan for Wildlife Habitat Connectivity in the Eno River and New Hope Creek Watersheds, North Carolina. The Eno-New Hope Landscape Conservation Plan was produced by a collaboration among local governments, conservation groups, universities, and ecologists and focuses on the critical importance of habitat connectivity for wildlife in the Eno River and New Hope Creek…

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…

Staying on Mission with Restoration

Fort Bragg stretches across 251 square miles of the North Carolina Sandhills, and is the home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces. The bustle of the base is made up of contractors, military families, civilian support staff, and, of course, over 50,000 active duty personnel. As one of the largest military bases in the…

Carnivorous Conservation

Native only to a 90-mile inland radius around Wilmington, the Venus flytrap is a symbol of the Atlantic coastal plain’s unique ecology — and a contender for the federal endangered species list. As wild populations suffer due to poaching and habitat loss, UNC researchers work to preserve these carnivorous wonders through genetic testing and seed…