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Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Join us for the Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party for an entertaining celebration of the region’s biodiversity.

Special presentations to include:

  • Director of the UNC Herbarium and Professor, Alan Weakley showcases the vast biodiversity of the southeast United States
  • Curator of the NCBG Habitat Gardens, Chris Liloia gives us a personal tour of the Garden’s dynamic carnivorous plant collection
  • Conservation Ecologist, Mike Kunz discusses the surprising diet of Venus Fly Trap plants
  • Bestselling author and horticulturist, Brie Arthur tells us how to grow carnivorous plants in our home landscapes
  • Writer and host of UNC-TV’s Exploring North Carolina, Tom Earnhardt details the diversity of carnivorous plants during his recent excursion to eastern North Carolina
  • And more!

Hosted by local botanists Derek Haynes and  Damon Waitt.

This event is open to all, and all are encouraged to register and donate to benefit the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Donations will provide resources to protect, preserve, and conserve our nature heritage by sustaining the Garden’s operations.

Register today! Capacity is limited to 500 households.


Enhance your Carolina Moonlight viewing experience by making a Venus Flytrap Cocktail, designed for the Carolina Moonlight Garden Party by Hail M. Cocktails.

Venus Flytrap Cocktail

¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Matcha Simple Syrup
2 oz Gin **
Blood Orange Slice or
Strawberry Slice or

Work top to bottom and build ingredients in a cocktail shaker or if you don’t have one use a jar! Add a handful of ice – Shake until Chilled. Strain cocktail into a Coupe or Martini glass.

Matcha Simple Syrup
¾  Cup of Water
¾  Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon Matcha Powder (you can find Matcha in grocery stores and specialty coffee and tea shops)

Bring Sugar and Water to a simmer, stirring until liquid is clear. Add ¼ teaspoon of match Powder and incorporate. The Matcha is very fine – to prevent clumps, use a Frothier, Wisk or you can even buzz it with a Magic Bullet. It should be a bright green and taste of herbal tea. You may want to go up to ½ teaspoon or slightly more. Store in a sealed jar. Make sure it is cooled before you make your cocktail.

**For a non-alcoholic version of the Venus Flytrap, replace gin with water.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believes everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and participate independently in a welcoming environment. We are committed to creating an inclusive digital experience for the Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party. If you should require any special accommodations for this event, please contact Jordan Wilkins, jordanwi@email.unc.edu, or 919-843-2411. We look forward to you being part of the Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party.


May 22
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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