North Carolina Botanical Garden


Penny's Bend Blue Wild Indigo Hike

with Ed Harrison, Naturalist

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Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fee: $22 ($20 Members)


Ed Harrison, Penny's Bend Management Committee member, leads 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 blue wild 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.  


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. Directions provided after registration. 




Remaining Seats: 1

Registration open through 5/19/2018 11:59 PM EST

About the Instructor

Ed Harrison earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke, with concentrations in environmental impact analysis and in plant community ecology. He’s been an active member of the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve Management Committee since 1998, leading the Spring and Fall public tours for the Garden since 1999. Ed began doing similar tours for Mason Farm Biological Reserve in 2007.

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Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

Meeting spot and directions will be provided upon registration. (
Note: meeting spot is distinct from map address below.)