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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
|Spring in the Garden Walk|
Join us for a special tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. On this 60-minute walk, you will experience spring and the beauty of plants native to North Carolina. Discover a longleaf pine forest, a wet savanna, and a mountain bog in our different Habitat Gardens. Learn about native wildflowers for the home landscape in our Perennial Border, and finish up with a look at some of NC’s most unique plants in our Carnivorous Plant Collection—Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, native orchids. Tour begins in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Education Center.
Free, but please register in advance.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
|Springtime on Nature Trail Hill|
Explore a Piedmont hardwood forest with Carol Ann McCormick and find signs of spring: our earliest spring wildflowers, such as spring beauties, wild ginger, and trout lily. Easy pace; some steps and uphill walking. Children welcome; please leave pets at home. Fee: $15 per family ($12 for ncbg members).
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
|Behind-the-Scenes tour: Green Building of the LEED Platinum Education Center|
In recognition of National Environmental Education Week (http://www.eeweek.org/ee-week), April 13–19, join us for a free behind-the-scenes tour of North Carolina’s first state-owned LEED Platinum building. One of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the Southeast, the Garden’s Education Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about green building practices. On this 45-minute tour, you will learn about the Education Center’s energy conservation, renewable energy use, stormwater management systems, and site-appropriate landscaping. Begins in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Center.
Free, but space is limited, so please register in advance.
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
|Mother’s Day Walk at Mason Farm|
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail,” which travels through 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring walking stick, insect repellent, and water. Meeting place confirmed after registration.
Fee $15 ($12 ncbg members)
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
|Penny’s Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike|
Enjoy a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants.
Fee: $15 ($12 ncbg members). Directions provided after registration.
Note: About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant, and water.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
|Pollination Tour of the Garden|
In honor of National Pollinator Week, we are offering a free pollination-themed tour of the Garden. Come learn about the plight of our native pollinators and the role that native plant gardening plays in pollinator conservation. This 60-minute tour of our Display Gardens will highlight various plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators. Participants will also receive tips and resources to turn their home landscape into a pollinator garden.
Free, but please register online. Tour will happen rain or shine.