Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Logos of Ackland Art Museum, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and North Carolina Botanical Garden

As public facing institutions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Ackland Art Museum, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and North Carolina Botanical Garden believe it is essential to create inclusive environments and empower individuals who have unique perspectives. By embracing our collective similarities and differences, we enrich the quality and scope of…

A Carolina Onion from Asia

Allium carolinianum flower

by Scott Zona, botanist, co-editor of PALMS, the journal of the International Palm Society, and research collaborator with the Herbarium of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Photo: Allium carolinianum blooming in my garden with rose-pink flowers. Last fall, I received some bulbs of an ornamental Allium. Allium is the genus of onions, garlic,…

New Entrance Walk and Breezeway Unveiled

The Bob and Molly Broad Entrance Walk on a sunny morning in June. The newly paved walkway is accented with low stone walls and renovated plantings.

We are thrilled to announce that our Bob and Molly Broad Entrance Walk and Sara Waitt Breezeway are now open to the public! Together with our new sign wall on Fordham Boulevard, this marks the completion of a multi-year entranceway master plan to increase the Garden’s visibility, improve the visitor experience, and elevate our entrance landscapes.

Ferdinand Blanchard

(8 November 1851- 18 December 1892) “Earth is so full of things to know and see From Northern Lights to animanculae”    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 300 herbarium specimens collected by  Ferdinand Blanchard — medical doctor, poet, and botanist. Most of these specimens were received in 2002…

Paul James Philson

(20 August 1905 – 14 February 1998) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 50 specimens collected by Paul James Philson, who always signed his specimen labels “P. J. Philson.”   All specimens at NCU are vascular plants, and most were collected in New Zealand.  As more of our collections are inventoried…

Garden open for Twilight Thursdays this summer

baptisia by the Allen Education Center in the evening

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Garden will stay open until 8 p.m. every Thursday evening, allowing visitors to enjoy twilight, cooler temperatures, and sunsets at the Garden. This opportunity was identified by our diversity, equity, and inclusion committee as a way to become more accessible to visitors and reach new members of our community. We…

Charles Norman Horn

(b. 1956) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates over 300 vascular plant specimens collected by Charles N. Horn.  As we continue to catalog our holdings, and to accession newly mounted material, without doubt more specimens collected by Dr. Horn will be found. While Newberry College Herbarium is Horn’s primary repository,…

Philip French-Carson Greear

(24 August 1918 – 26 September 2012) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates about 70 vascular plant specimens collected by Philip French-Carson Greear, though as we continue to catalog our holdings it is likely more will be found.  Most of Greear’s specimens curated by NCU were collected for his doctoral…