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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.

September 2020

Summer to Fall Wildflowers: Sketching with Watercolor in the Garden

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$39

with Beverly Dyer, MSN, RN, Certified Botanical Illustrator Celebrate the changing season! Learn about native plants that flower as summer ends and fall begins. We will seek to capture the essence of our subjects with watercolor sketching. Receive instructions and demonstrations to complete a small en plein air painting of wildflowers. No prerequisites. This course will be held outdoors in the Garden and in the classroom with the majority of the time being spent outdoors. Fee includes supplies. Register here

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Outdoor Yoga in the Garden

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$13

with Sam Sather, BSN, MS, C-IAYT, eRYT, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Tuesday, September 29 (Rain Date: Tuesday, October 6) 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM $13 ($12 Members) Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside on the lawn in our Children’s Wonder Garden. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of…

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October 2020

Introduction to Mushrooms

October 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$90

with H. Van Cotter, Mycologist This course is an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. No prerequisites. This course will be held outdoors in the Garden and in the classroom with a significant portion of the time being spent outdoors. Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home.…

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November 2020

Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Heirloom Seeds – Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity

November 1 @ 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

Interest in growing organic and sustainable gardens has skyrocketed during the pandemic, evidenced by shortages of seeds and vegetable starts. Join us as visionary seed saver, storyteller, and former NCBG volunteer Ira Wallace explores how tradition, taste, place, and storytelling work to preserve biodiversity, regional food traditions, and seed saving. She will share stories of seeds and the gardeners who save them for great heirloom varieties like Greasy beans, Cherokee Purple, and Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. Ira Wallace is…

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Lichens

November 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$90

with Eimy Rivas Plata, Lichenologist Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into…

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