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Twilight Thursdays

June 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Spiked wild indigo blooms in the Courtyard Gardens at twilight

Every Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we’re staying open until 8 p.m. so you can enjoy our display gardens after work and in cooler temperatures. Our exhibit hall and Garden Shop will be open, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors – we have lots of benches and picnic tables, plus open lawn areas for blankets.

With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in the Garden, and as part of the UNC campus, open containers of alcohol are prohibited.

Twilight Thursdays will run through September 1. There’s no fee or ticket to attend, but donations to support the Garden are welcome.

Special Programming

On Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m., we are pleased to welcome performers from the Triangle Native American Society. There will be an overview of the Native American tribes in North Carolina, with a display of educational and cultural items for show. Michelle Reed, Ojibwe, will share a traditional Native dance. Ryan Dial-Stanley, Lumbee, will share a performance of a traditional wooden flute.

Food will be available by visiting food truck Mr. Cheesesteak.

About the Performers

Michelle Reed in traditional Native American attire performing a danceMichelle Reed, an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe in Northern Wisconsin, is dedicated to sharing her passion and culture with communities far and wide. Michelle spends much of her time in communities throughout the Northern Great Lakes, near her home in Northern Michigan with her husband and two children. She instructs her N8V (Native) Dance Fitness course with learners of all ages, some as young as 6 months old. Her most recent professional developments have blossomed into three separate business initiatives: fitness, production, and fashion.

Ryan Dial Stanley plays a traditional wooden fluteRyan Dial-Stanley, from Kernersville, NC, is a member of the Lumbee tribe and graduated last year from UNC with a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. He was active in the Carolina Indian Circle and Co-chaired the committee which planned the annual Powwow. Ryan is currently a Medical Lab Scientist at the UNC Medical Center and is obtaining a Masters degree in Clinical Lab Science from UNC. He is a storyteller, educator, and powwow dancer.

Hours and Admission

Our display gardens will be open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays from June 2 through September 1, 2022. There’s no fee or ticket for visiting, but we welcome donations to support the Garden. Make a donation here.

Getting Here

We’re located at 100 Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. You’ll be able to park in our main parking lot until 8 p.m., when we’ll lock the gates.

What to See

Explore our display gardens, from our Habitat Gardens to our Children’s Wonder Garden to our Carnivorous Plant Collection! Our exhibit hall will also be open, so you can check out our Garden Shop and DeBerry Gallery.


Picnics are welcome. There are tables and chairs available in the designated Picnic Area and by the Plant Sale patio, as well as benches and chairs throughout the Garden. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and use it in a lawn area. Please keep out of plant beds, and make sure you pick up any trash or food items from your picnic area.

Alcohol policy

No alcohol is allowed, as open containers of alcohol are prohibited on UNC’s campus.


With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed within the Display Gardens. Leashed pets are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails, which are open until dusk.


Masks are no longer required in our indoor spaces. For your safety, please stay on designated paths while visiting the Garden. Read more about our COVID-19 safety policies.


Twilight Thursdays are rain or shine. We will only close the Garden if there are strong storms, and any closure information will be posted to our website.


June 16
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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