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Upcoming Event
- 12/7/2014
Sculpture in the Garden exhibition
Now in its 26th year, NCBG’s signature event features up to 45 large-scale sculptures created by North Carolina-based artists integrated into the Garden’s outdoor environment featuring an assortment of materials including steel, concrete, wood, marble and more. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice. Come enjoy the interplay between art and nature across five acres of the Garden during its fall display. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
- 10/24/2014
Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty
World-renowned, Chapel Hill-based outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a one-of-a-kind installation at the Garden incorporating his signature tree saplings into whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of wind. Constructed over a three-week period, his large-scale installations serve as community projects and provide a rare chance for the community to not only view the work in progress, but contribute under his direction. Visitors will have an intimate view of the creative process as it happens while also enjoying the concurrent Sculpture in the Garden. Free and open to the public, no registration required.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Seeing the Forest with the Trees along the Bartram Trail
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The 100+ mile Bartram Trail takes hikers through the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina, about which William Bartram wrote enthusiastically in his Travels. Steph and Tom will transport you west to explore a section of the Bartram Trail. You’ll hear Bartram’s description of Martin Creek Falls, learn about the forests you can see there today, and discover how these forests have changed. Their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia will be available for purchase and the authors will sign copies after the talk. Free; advanced registration required
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Literary Bartram
William Bartram's Travels published in 1791 has served as a fount of imagination for many drawn to his lush descriptions of the American South and pioneering observations of its native people. Two noted southern poets will show us how Bartram's ideas about the natural world influenced poets and writers. Georgia poet Philip Lee Williams will read from his book The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram. Jeffery Beam will read poems inspired by Bartram’s work, including those from Romantic writers including Cooper, Thoreau, Moore, Carlos Williams, and Taggart. Beam is currently the poetry editor for the journal Oyster Boy Review. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stalwarts of the Southern Garden: William Bartram and the Oakleaf Hydrangea
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram’s Travels transcended scientific boundaries and deeply influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and other Romantic poets. William Bartram became the first person to collect, describe or illustrate forty-two species of plants, among them the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. Dallmeyer will trace how Bartram’s path intersected with this beloved native plant now known around the world. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia and is President of the Bartram Trail Conference. She also manages the Southern Nature Project, an e-community promoting writing about the Southern environment. Free; advanced registration required
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Birds and Squirrels at Your Feeder
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Join Haven, who specializes in animal behavior and ecology, for a discussion of the challenges and solutions to feeding (or not feeding) these animals at our feeders. Free, but pre-registration required.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Author Poetry Reading and Book Signing 'Mountain Gravity' Laurence Avery, Author and Poet
Do yourself a favor and don't miss this reading by Laurence Avery from his first collection of poems Mountain Gravity. Avery, a very engaging speaker, had a decades long career as a teacher and scholar at UNC Chapel Hill where he served as chair of the English Department. He has published numerous articles and six books on British and American playwrights and has won numerous awards. His poems have been published in numerous literary reviews. The poems in Mountain Gravity touch the reader with historical stories of Cherokee Indians who lived in the North Carolina mountains, of contemporary Southern families maturing in a fast paced world but who ground themselves in nature, and of Carolina flora and fauna, beloved by Avery, adapting to rapidly changing habitats. “Avery is alert, direct, quietly witty and always thoughtful; it is in his poetic nature to appreciate and to celebrate, a difficult thing for many writers to do but from the first poem of Mountain Gravity to the last – where ‘monarch butterflies swirl and light, frantic, then calm’, he does it beautifully.” Michael McFee. Free, but pre-registration required.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Winter Solstice Concert: A Tuba Holiday Concert
For its 2014 Winter Solstice concert, the Village Band Tuba/Euphonium ensemble will perform a selection of Pre-Christian and Christian winter carols, to include “Deck the Halls”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Wassail Song”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Greensleeves”, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, “Pat-A-Pan”, and others. Free, no registration required.

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