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 GIFT CERTIFICATES
Spaces Remaining: 9999
Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!

June6/7/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 1
Come to the Carolina Campus Community Garden (http://ncbg.unc.edu/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 27th) Free. Preregistration required.

6/10/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION 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 (http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/), 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.

6/18/2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saving Our Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 199
Join us for a special lecture celebrating National Pollinator Week and the kickoff of the “Saving Our Pollinators” exhibition. The importance of pollination was recognized by Mesopotamians as early as the 9th century BC, which led to the modern study of plant reproductive ecology. There is now, more than ever, the need to better understand the biology of insect pollinators for the sake of both cultivated and native plants. This presentation covers the scientific study of pollination ecology, provides guidelines for ensuring pollinator health in the urban landscape, and offers information on what we can all do to help our native pollinators through these uncertain times. FREE, pre-registration required.

6/21/2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Summer Concert with The Village Band
Spaces Remaining: 200
Join us for a summertime concert at the Garden. Pieces for this performance will include “The Liberty Bell March” (J. P. Sousa), “Lincolnshire Posy” (Percy Grainger), “Galop” (Dmitri Shostakovich), “The Eighties”(John Higgins, a medley of pop tunes), and more! Free, no pre-registration required.

6/25/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sizzling Cities: Native Bee Communities and Urban Heat
Spaces Remaining: 200
Bees pollinate most of our flowering plants, including many crop species. As urbanization and climate change continue to increase, it is vital to understand how these variables influence the native bee community to predict future changes. Join us to learn about exciting new research focusing on how urban heat affects our native bee communities. FREE, pre-registration required.

6/28/2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Plant Pollinator Partnership and Special Importance of Bees
Spaces Remaining: 200
Enjoy a celebration of the extraordinary partnership of flowers and their animal pollinators, a relationship that has influenced the evolution of plants and their primary partners, bees, flies, butterflies and moths, beetles, birds, and mammals over millions of years. Special attention will be given to the importance of bees to the successful reproduction of their host flowers and the significance of flowers to the lives of bees. FREE, preregistration required.

6/28/2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
BEE-hold the Humble Pollinator! Exhibit Opening Reception
Spaces Remaining: 200
The word “pollen” may make you think “allergies,” but pollination—the movement of plant pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part—is essential to life. Without it, there would be no apples or tomatoes, no almonds or pecans. Join us for a reception to celebrate the Garden’s new exhibit, part of the “Saving Our Pollinators” program, on the role of bees in the pollination of plants, both wild and cultivated. Be amazed at the diversity of bees and adaptations of flowers to attract their pollinating assistants. Learn about threats to these essential pollinators and what you can do to help reduce these threats and safeguard our bees. No registration required.

July7/8/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

7/9/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Pollinator Habitat Restoration in NC Botanical Garden Nature Preserves
Spaces Remaining: 200
Former agricultural lands and fire suppressed woodlands often provide appropriate habitat to reconstruct the Piedmont savanna ecosystem and habitat for important pollinator groups such as bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, and moths. The NCBG oversees the conservation and management of nearly 1,000 acres of natural areas. Learn about our restoration activities, such as monitoring pollinator diversity and abundance, creating nesting habitat, and using prescribed fire to help protect and maintain pollinator habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

7/19/2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
“Bee, I’m Expecting You” – a poetry reading
Spaces Remaining: 200
Viva la bumblebee! “Bee – I’m Expecting You” is North Carolina poet Jeffery Beam’s celebration of the pollinator responsible for every third bite of food we eat. This popular reading of bee poems finds Beam reading from his own Life of the Bee, as well as poems by numerous poets throughout history including Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, and Virgil. Fee: $10 ($8 members)

7/26/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Common Native Bees Slideshow and Garden Foray
Spaces Remaining: 200
Learn about some of the most common bees pollinating flowers and supporting the great diversity of our landscapes. In NC, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species, in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. After a slide show, weather permitting, we will walk in the garden to see who inhabits our wonderful native plants. Fee: $15 ($10 members)

August8/12/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

8/20/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Butterflies, Science, and You: Observing Butterflies as a Citizen Scientist
Spaces Remaining: 200
Butterflies are some of the most well-known and best understood insects on the planet, but there are still gaps in our scientific understanding of butterflies and the role they play in our environment. You can help! By becoming a citizen scientist, making simple observations of butterflies, and reporting what you see online, you can make valuable contributions to our overall understanding of butterflies and the important pollination services they provide. Learn about the many ways that you can get involved in butterfly research and help conserve these beautiful animals well into the future. FREE, pre-registration required.

September9/3/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Native Plants for Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 199
Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/9/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

9/13/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bee Health in an Urban Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 200
We live in an increasingly urbanized world. This talk will describe how suburbanization of the landscape has affected bee biodiversity in Raleigh and Durham, NC and the pollination services bees provide to wild growing plants. We will explore landscape features associated with the conservation of native bee biodiversity, and how we can use garden plantings to conserve bee health and biodiversity. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/20/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Caterpillarology – The Study of Pollinator Precursors
Spaces Remaining: 200
Join local naturalist Mike Dunn as he shares some of the secrets of the lives of local caterpillars. Many species of butterflies and moths are important pollinators. But, in addition to plants that provide nectar, they also need host plants for their caterpillars (many are quite specific) to complete their life cycle. Learn more about the fascinating larval stage of these important Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/27/2015
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture: The Living Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 196
Join us for a special two-part lecture with Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships, Doug Tallamy The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, Rick Darke Tallamy will explain why plants evolved in concert with local animals to provide for their needs, why these specialized relationships determine the stability of local food webs, and why it is important to restore life to our residential properties. Then, Darke with explore the richness of life through the richness of the landscape's layers. From ground cover to canopy, Darke will suggest ways to conserve, create, and manage home gardens that are beautiful, diverse, joyfully livable, and double as homes for wildlife. Book signing at 1:00-1:45pm, prior to the lecture. Books for sale in our Garden Shop. FREE, pre-registration required.

October10/2/2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
NCBG ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE – Members' Night Preview (You can become a member at the gate!)
Spaces Remaining: 200
Members' Night: Friday, Oct 2; 5:00pm–7:00pm Open to Public: Saturday, Oct 3; 9:00am–12:00pm The public and NCBG garden members are invited to a second day of the NCBG annual fall plant sale. A large selection of southeastern native perennials, woody shrubs and trees, vines, ferns, and carnivorous plants propagated and grown by our very own horticulture staff will be for sale. Non-members can become members by making a donation at the entrance to the sale to receive members' 10% discount on all plant purchases. Proceeds benefit the horticulture department and fund several part-time garden staff positions. No registration required.

10/3/2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCBG ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE (open to the public and NCBG members)
Spaces Remaining: 200
Members' Night: Friday, Oct 2; 5:00pm–7:00pm Open to Public: Saturday, Oct 3; 9:00am–12:00pm The public and NCBG garden members are invited to a second day of the NCBG annual fall plant sale. A large selection of southeastern native perennials, woody shrubs and trees, vines, ferns, and carnivorous plants propagated and grown by our very own horticulture staff will be for sale. Non-members can become members by making a donation at the entrance to the sale to receive members' 10% discount on all plant purchases. Proceeds benefit the horticulture department and fund several part-time garden staff positions. No registration required.

 
 

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phone: 919-843-8524 

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phone: 919-962-0522
fax: 919-962-3531

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