Dear Friends of the Herbarium,

It seems I am overdue in describing the many exciting goings-on at the UNC Herbarium—so let me remedy that situation with this letter! As I write, on May 12th, the Herbarium has had one of its busiest days ever, with 18 people actively working in the collection: 2 volunteers mounting and databasing specimens, 3 graduate…

Horticultural Therapy at NCBG

horticultural therapy in the Garden

by Abby Zaleski, Communications Student The Horticultural Therapy program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden has a mission to promote health and well-being of people through positive interactions with plants and nature. Led by horticultural therapist Sally Haskett, this program benefits people of all ages and backgrounds, giving them support to get through the daily…

Famous Folk Among the Fungi

herbarium specimen label by George Washington Carver

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, University of North Carolina Herbarium My daughters claim there are no famous botanists. I have tried to refute this claim, but never to their satisfaction. “How about Linneaus?” I say. “Mom, nobody knows who he is. Well, your friends do, but they are geeky botanists. No normal person knows who…

Celebrate Darwin Day with a lunchtime talk about the evolution of biodiversity

Chapel Hill – On Friday, February 12th, at 12 pm, the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) will celebrate the 207th birthday of Charles Darwin with a presentation by Allen Hurlbert, entitled “The Evolution of Biodiversity: History or Science?” The event will take place in Reeves Auditorium with free admission, open to the public. The tropics…

Northern rattlesnake-master named 2016 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year

Chapel Hill – Northern rattlesnake-master (Eryngium yuccifolium), an unusual prairie species native to the eastern and central United States, has been named the 2016 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. With a basal clump of leathery strap-like, blueish green leaves…

Sculpture in the Garden 2015 awards announced

Chapel Hill, NC – The North Carolina Botanical Garden announced the award winners of the 27th Annual Sculpture in the Garden, an outdoor exhibition of works by North Carolina artists, at a Preview Party on Saturday, September 19. Chapel Hill artist Susan Moffatt’s marble sculpture Succulent 2 was named Best in Show. Jonathan Davis of…

NC Botanical Garden hosts Wonderfest September 26

Chapel Hill, NC – The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) is brining music and magic to the Garden with Wonderfest Saturday, September 26, 5:30‐8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear a magical costume while enjoying live animals and nature activities including building fairy houses. Music will be provided by Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends. Food…

Sculpture in the Garden 2015

Chapel Hill, NC – The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) will hosts its 27th Sculpture in the Garden September 20 ‐ December 11, an outdoor exhibition of works by North Carolina artists. Forty‐one large‐scale works will grace NCBG’s outdoor environment featuring an assortment of materials including steel, concrete, wood, marble and more. The native plant…