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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX series: Protecting our Forests from Pests and Diseases
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Bring your lunch and learn about the impact that serious pests and diseases have on forest health, some of the major threats to our southeastern native trees and what you can do to help prevent their introduction and spread. Free.Preregistration required.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: The Biochemistry of Spring
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Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! This lunchbox series lecture delves into the subtle climatic cues and the complex biochemical reactions they trigger which make possible the bursting buds and myriad shades of new, green leaves on the plant species all around us each. Free. Pre-registration required.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Book Review: Teaching the Trees
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Join Joan Maloof, author of Teaching The Trees for a conversation of the book’s collection of natural-history essays Author and biologist Joan Maloof discusses with participants the series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it—and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree’s survival. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest
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Joan Maloof has probably visited more US old-growth forests than anyone alive today. In this presentation she discusses what remains of these never-logged forests and what makes them so special. She also discusses the Old-Growth Forest Network – an organization formed to ensure that each county in the US capable of supporting forest growth will preserve at least one forest open to the public. Join us to hear of these special forests and how we can help save them for the next generation. Maloof is the author of Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest and Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests. Maloof has a PhD in ecology and is the founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, and enjoys spending as much time as possible in beautiful, natural, places with good people. Free. Pre-registration required.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Celebrating Trees: A Woodwind Concert
Spaces Remaining: 180
Join us for this special woodwind concert! Following the Joan Maloof lecture, local musicians of the Village Band entertain us and in the appreciation of trees, playing music inspired by nature as well as selections of the best-loved pieces for woodwind ensembles. Free, but preregistration required.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 195
Come to the Carolina Campus Community Garden ( ) and learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. The workshop will take place on at the Carolina Campus Community Garden located off Cameron Ave. Free. Preregistration required.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Reading Nature Poetry
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Dr. Poultney reads his own poetry as well as nature and tree poems by important poets. Sherman K. Poultney is a native New Englander who now resides in North Carolina. He has published poems, short stories, song, plays, and photos in various media over the last 49 years. Having won prizes for poems in various contests, he continues to publish annual chapbooks of poems. He has a PhD degree in physics from Princeton University. He teaches a structured poetry workshop locally. Free. Preregistration required.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Children's Springtime Violin Concert
Spaces Remaining: 187
The Piedmont Youth and Family Orchestras are a vibrant community group of young musicians and their parents who play great music, make great sounds and have great fun together. Currently consisting of 5 performance groups - a beginner's orchestra, intermediate and advanced chamber orchestras, a jazz orchestra and wind ensemble. Join us as we share musical favorites including Vivaldi's Spring Concerto, Aron Copeland's Hoedown, selections from 'The Sound of Music' and our own improvisations of our jazz favorites. Free. Preregistration required.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Anticipating Fall Color: What, Why, and Wow!
Spaces Remaining: 108
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Johnny will explore the physiological, ecological, environmental, biogeographical factors of leaf color change in anticipation of fall. This presentation complements and is an antithesis to the earlier LUNCHBOX presentation on The Biochemistry of Spring. Free, but please register in advance.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens
Spaces Remaining: 106
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bring your lunch and join Tom Saielli for a lunchtime talk focusing on the TACF’s efforts to use genetic breeding to successfully produce a chestnut tree that has resistance to the fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica (chestnut blight), and is now making progress developing chestnut trees that are resistant to the soil pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi. Free. Preregistration required.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
On Arbor Day: Blight Resistance Chestnut Trees Grace the Coker Arboretum
Spaces Remaining: 196
The North Carolina Botanical Garden will host a ceremonial planting of potentially blight-resistant American chestnut seedlings as part of the NCBG’s “Among Our Trees” exhibition. The chestnut seedlings, called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0, are part of a unique breeding program led by The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to restore the American chestnut to the eastern forests of America. Tom Saielli discusses the history and ecology of the American chestnut during the planting event. The general public is cordially invited to attend this special event to help celebrate the preservation and promotion of North Carolina’s ecological and cultural history. Once the mighty giants of the eastern forest, American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. In the beginning of the 20th century the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, accidentally imported from Asia, spread rapidly through the eastern forests and by 1950 the fungus had eliminated the chestnut as a mature forest tree. In 1983 The American Chestnut Foundation began a special breeding process, which in 2005 produced the first potentially blight-resistant trees called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0. Now assisted by more than 5,000 members and volunteers in 23 states, the organization is undertaking the planting of Restoration Chestnuts 1.0 in select locations throughout the eastern US. The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a 501 (c) 3 conservation organization headquartered in Asheville, NC. For more information on TACF and their work to restore the American chestnut tree, contact TACF Director of Communications Ruth Goodridge at (828) 281-0047, email:, or visit Free. Preregistration required.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Trees in Our State Forest: Clemmons Educational State Forest
Spaces Remaining: 196
Come join Michael Huffman, forester, and other NC Forest Service Staff for a hands-on demonstration and presentation to learn about our trees in our State forests and the N.C. Forest Service. Count tree rings, learn about the Longleaf Pine, talk with a forester and more! Free

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meet Roy Underhill
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Roy Underhill of PBS fame runs the Woodwright’s School ( is devoted to revealing the pleasures of hand-tool working in wood. Roy entertains us with stories of his school, wood working practices, and his travels. Fee $15 ($10 Members). Preregistration required.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Longleaf Pine Forest in the American South
Spaces Remaining: 195
Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late?” Join us to hear of this remarkable and important “story”. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife
Spaces Remaining: 108
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Chris discusses basic wildlife habitat requirements, the unique challenges posed to wildlife in the urban environment, and simple strategies to maximize habitat quality through progressive landscaping with native trees and plants. Chris suggests a variety of native plant tree species that could be used to provide food and cover for birds and other wildlife in the urban environment. Free: Preregistration required.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Bending Sticks: The Documentary
Spaces Remaining: 107
Bring your lunch and join us for a free screening! This past September at the Garden, Patrick Dougherty transformed locally harvested tree saplings into a remarkable piece of public art. This is his most recent sculpture, Home Grown, which invited collaboration and engaged our community in the making of the piece. Join us for this film showing, followed by a conversation with some of the volunteers who assisted Patrick in the making! The feature length documentary Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations. Free: Preregistration required.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 200
Come to the Carolina Campus Community Garden ( ) and learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. The workshop will take place on at the Carolina Campus Community Garden located off Cameron Ave. (Rain Date: June 20th) Free. Preregistration required.

6/14/2015An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina
Spaces Remaining: 200
No registration required. An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina May 15 – June 14 Reception, Saturday, May 16; 2:00pm There are currently 27 federally endangered plants in North Carolina. In recognition of Endangered Species Day on May 15 (, the Garden will display in the Pegg Exhibit Hall a collection of endangered species of North Carolina. Torey Wahlstrom, a student in the NCBG Native Plant Studies Program, uses botanical illustrations and engaging written descriptions to educate the public about Endangered Plants in North Carolina and inspire support current related restoration projects.


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