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Special Event: Bird Photography Contest


Upcoming Event
4/28/2016 6:30 PM - 4/28/2015 8:30 PM
Step into Spring
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Prelude Party Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour
6/19/2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Village Band Summer Solstice Concert
Spaces Remaining: 50
The Village Chamber Players, made up of members of the Village Band, will play selected seasonal pieces in celebration of the summer solstice.
6/23/2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Stories from the Garden's Early Years
Spaces Remaining: 195
First full time Garden staff member, Ken Moore, is joined by other staff members who set the direction of the Botanical Garden during the early years. Their base of operations was the Old Green Shed equipped with a rotary phone and two space heaters. Staff were outdoors most of the time and these primitive conditions worked for these sturdy folks. A welcome modern improvement was a porta-potty retained following a temporary installation to accommodate a visit from the State Garden Club. Ken and Dot and Alan and Harry have been retired for quite a while and Charlotte and Jim are still on board to carry on some of the 'early traditions'. Plan for a memorable, unrehearsed telling of stories from the Garden’s early years. Some will be as hysterical as they are memorable and you are likely to hear several different accounts of the same stories. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS PRODUCTION! Free. Preregistration required.
8/14/2016 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Flying Jewels in the Garden: The Science of Hummingbird Banding
Spaces Remaining: 47
Celebrate the kick-off of ‘Saving Our Birds’ with a special afternoon learning about NC’s only native hummingbird, the Ruby-Throat. Meet local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and witness up-close how researchers trap, handle, and band these tiny birds for data recording. Susan will share stories about the fascinating lives of hummingbirds and the importance of providing habitat in your landscape, including how to choose a feeder and plants for nectar. “Adopt” a hummingbird for release ($20 day of the event) and support Susan’s important research in NC! Fee: $18 ($16 NCBG members); Free for children 12 and under
9/11/2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Battling Climate Change in Your Own Backyard for Birds
Spaces Remaining: 100
Join Curtis Smalling, a diligent researcher and a tireless advocate for the birds of our region, and hear an urgent message for all of us about the actions we can take to help our feathered friends in the face of climate change. Fee: $12 ($11 members)
9/18/2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday in September with Chapel Hill's Swifts
Spaces Remaining: 100
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to visit a roost of migrant chimney swifts in downtown Chapel Hill! We can expect to view thousands of these extraordinary birds enter a chimney at sunset to rest for the night. Meeting site will be provided. No limits on numbers or ages. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Fee: $10 ($9 members). Children under 12 free.
11/6/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture: Planting Design in a Post-Wild World
Spaces Remaining: 193
Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, reveals an alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. He brings together the essence of his recently released book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, challenging us to include native plants in our garden designs and explains how these designs create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse and become wildlife preserves for sustaining plants and animals. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. Free, registration required.