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North Carolina Botanical Garden

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100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
(919) 962-0522 ncbg.unc.edu

Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and University Holidays.

Admission

Free

Parking

Parking is free. Please view the Garden Map for the locations of accessible parking spaces. If you require assistance in moving from a parking space to the building entrance, please call 919-962-0522 and a staff member will be available to assist you. Additional parking can be found on Laurel Hill Road. Please see this map for directions.

Visiting by Bus

The Garden is served by Chapel Hill Transit’s S and HU bus routes. The S route has a stop on Fordham Blvd at Old Mason Farm Rd. The HU route takes riders between UNC Hospitals and the Hwy 54 Park & Ride Lot, with several stops between. Visitors to the Garden disembark and board at the Ronald McDonald House stop, which is on Old Mason Farm Road almost directly across the street from the Garden’s parking lot entrance. Please see the schedule & route map.

Visiting by Bicycle or on Foot

Access to the Garden is now easier and safer as a result of recent sidewalk construction and intersection improvements at Fordham Blvd., including pedestrian-activated traffic signals and marked crosswalks at all four sides of the Old Mason Farm Rd/Fordham Blvd intersection, and at two sides (southern and western) of the Manning Dr/Fordham Blvd intersection. Bikes are also able to activate signals on the side streets. As always, please use caution when crossing these very busy intersections. AND if you are coming from the UNC Campus, try walking the beautiful Campus to Garden Trail through the Coker Pinetum.

February 2020

LUNCHBOX Talk: Native Plant Combinations

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

Take home some ideas for your yard at this lunchbox talk on native plant gardening. The focus will be on native plants that work well together. From sun to shade, spring to fall, and wildflowers to shrubs there’s sure to be something for everyone. Even if you don’t garden, come on out for some pretty plant pictures to remind you that it won’t always be February. Register here

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Bloodroot Blood Drive

February 28 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

Community members, UNC employees, and fans of the Garden are invited to the North Carolina Botanical Garden for our Bloodroot Blood Drive. Sign up for a time online, walk-ins also allowed. Throughout the event, the Garden will provide short guided tours of our early spring ephemerals, including the beautiful bloodroot, as a part of this Year of the Wildflower community event. Schedule an appointment to donate>

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March 2020

LUNCHBOX Talk: Trillium: A Natural History and Life Cycle Through Botanical Art

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

It is an extra special thrill hiking through North Carolina’s Piedmont or mountain woodlands in the spring and suddenly encountering a Trillium, or better yet, a colony of them. This exquisite ephemeral wildflower emerges in March or April and is all but camouflaged among the leaf mulch of our deciduous trees until its striking single flower announces its presence. It’s seen briefly before it disappears underground again by the end of June. The local circle of the American Society of…

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LUNCHBOX Talk: Do Venus Flytraps Eat their Pollinators for Lunch?

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

Did you know that Venus flytraps do not eat the insects that pollinate them? What are these special insect pollinators, and why do they not succumb to this carnivorous plants’ predation? Bring your lunch and come learn more from Dr. Clyde Sorenson, entomologist at NC State University. Register here

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April 2020

Sims Lecture: 50 Years of Wildflower Conservation in North Carolina: History and the Road Ahead

April 5 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

with Julie Moore, botanist and endangered species biologist  Sunday, April 5; 2:30-3:30 p.m., reception following Free, preregistration required Join Julie as she takes us on a virtual journey through the past 50 years of wildflower conservation in North Carolina. She will share her firsthand experience with the Garden’s early role, and how the Garden and numerous other organizations work toward the conservation of the diverse and unique flora of North Carolina. Julie will show us how we can all be effective…

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LUNCHBOX Talk: Piedmont Prairies in a Changing Climate

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

North Carolina’s Piedmont Prairies host rare wildflowers and a great diversity of pollinators and other species. Misty Buchanan, director of the NC Natural Heritage Program will review Piedmont Prairie plants, present some of the latest predictions from the North Carolina Climate Office, and discuss how climate changes may affect Piedmont Prairies and the plants that make them so special. She’ll leave us with ideas of small hopeful actions we can all take. Register here

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May 2020

Spring Native Plant Sale: Members’ Morning

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale! Purchase southeastern native plants from the North Carolina Botanical Garden nursery and several other local nurseries. Stick around for food trucks and an environmental fair! New this year, NCBG members enjoy exclusive first access to the sale on Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Not a member? Join today! If you can't make it to the Members' Morning, don't worry: NCBG members receive a 10% discount on plants from the…

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Spring Native Plant Sale

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale! Purchase southeastern native plants from the North Carolina Botanical Garden nursery and several other local nurseries. Stick around for food trucks and an environmental fair! The public sale is free and open to the public and runs from 12-4 p.m. NCBG Members get first access to the plant sale on Saturday morning and receive a 10% discount on plants from the North Carolina Botanical Garden nursery throughout the Members' Morning and…

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June 2020

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$150

Enjoy the Garden at twilight during our largest fundraiser of the year. We will celebrate the Year of the Wildflower with signature drinks, food, music, dancing, and fun. PURCHASE TICKETS

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Pitchers & Pitchers

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$20

Pitcher plants and pitchers of beer at dusk in the Garden: it doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy tasty brews and relax by our Carnivorous Plant Collection courtyard. Speak with our conservation and horticulture staff who research, protect, and grow these fascinating species, and learn about the fascinating relationships carnivorous plants have with pollinators and other insects. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Registration is required. Registration coming soon!

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