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Upcoming Event
11/15/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Emerging Issues in Conservation
What do Venus flytraps and red wolves have in common? Are any places in North Carolina wild enough for these carnivorous creatures? If these elements of our natural heritage are to have a future in North Carolina, they’ll need a functioning ecosystem and a whole lot of help from their friends. We’ll explore why these species are rare, why traditional land conservation practices won’t save them, and discuss how North Carolina might find new solutions to old conservation problems. Come prepared to share your ideas and discuss pros and cons of proposed alternatives. Free; preregistration required.
11/17/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Gardening for Biodiversity
This workshop will help gardeners plan and maintain landscapes that promote life of all kinds. We’ll spend time on great garden plants that provide necessary resources for pollinators and other wildlife. We will also talk about maintenance techniques to keep your garden in good shape while preserving and enhancing habitat. Weather permitting, we’ll spend some time in the garden learning how to build a pollinator friendly wattle fence from last year’s perennial stems. $22 ($20 Members)
11/18/2018 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Nature Walk: Fall Colors at Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join us for a late-autumn walk at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in central Durham County! We will explore the autumn flora of the meadow, then walk on woodland trails to enjoy the colors of red maple, hickory and beech. Free; preregistration required.
11/20/2018 1:00 PM
to 12/11/2018 4:30 PM
Advanced Traditional Watercolor
This course builds upon Intermediate Traditional Watercolor. Students independently select a native plant of their choice and design and complete a watercolor painting displaying different aspects of that plant. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving, as well as in-class critiques. Students prepare a written analysis of their work explaining their design choices and a report describing the botanical details of their selected plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Traditional Watercolor, Integrating Composition and Color Theory. $150 ($135 Members)
11/29/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Insect Adaptations to Life Underwater
Insects display an amazing variety of adaptations to life in aquatic systems. Learn about how insects have adapted their bodies to meet their survival needs in freshwater systems, including how insects breathe and move underwater, avoid being swept away, and deal with drought. Free; preregistration required.
12/1/2018 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Dormant-Season Vegetative Propagation
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate woody plants through stem cuttings during the dormant season (November through February). We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, emphasizing plants native to the southeastern United States. The workshop will take place in the classroom and the NCBG nursery. This class can accompany our Native Plant Propagation workshop for those who have taken it, but you don’t need to have taken Native Plant Propagation to participate. $32 ($29 Members)
12/1/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Preparing for Winter
In a way, winter is the real spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature. ~Edna O’Brien Take a walk and learn how the plants and animals of the Garden are preparing for the cold months that lie ahead.
12/1/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Holly Walk
December is a great time to enjoy the trees of the UNC campus. Ken Moore will trace the footsteps of well-known horticulturist William L. Hunt, who enjoyed leading an annual UNC Winter Campus Tree walk. Among the impressive mature specimens of broad-leaf evergreens and conifers are an amazing collection of evergreen holly species and cultivars. In addition to relating some of Mr. Hunt’s “tree stories,” Ken will use a selection of vintage photographs to show how the campus landscape has changed during the past 100 years.
12/6/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Conserving North Carolina's Imperiled Plants
Although North Carolina is a botanically rich state, hundreds of species are considered rare or even imperiled. The NC Plant Conservation Program is working across the state to protect imperiled plants in their native habitats now and for future generations. These projects range from Southern Appalachian bogs, to Piedmont prairies, longleaf pine savannas, and much more in between. Come hear about the work they're doing and how you might become involved. Free; preregistration required.
12/15/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Holiday Pears
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
A favorite around the holidays, the pear has historically been depicted in artwork as a symbol of yuletide elegance and prosperity. Discover painting a pear in transparent watercolor. Techniques covered include color matching, wet on wet washes and detailing with drybrush. Watercolor experience helpful. $38 ($34 Members)
1/10/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Importance of Urban Forests to NC Communities
Trees are often an overlooked resource within our cities and towns. Urban forests provide a wide range of benefits to our communities, from saving money and increasing property values to providing clean air and water and improving your overall health. This presentation will discuss the many benefits (ecosystem services) trees provide, how they can be part of the solution to some of our environmental concerns, and the role of proper tree care management in the success of our urban forests in NC.
1/12/2019 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Exploring Wildlife Rehabilitation
Wildlife rehabilitation is the permitted care of orphaned injured and ill wildlife for the purpose of release back into their natural habitat. In this four hour program you will learn what wildlife rehabilitation is all about, the federal and state regulations that govern it, and what it is to work hands on with different wildlife with the goal of rerelease. We will also explore a variety of patient cases, from birds to reptiles to mammals to fit all interests. Students will take away a glimpse into the practice,and how to earn their permit if they so choose. If you are interested in wildlife rehab or would simply like to know more this is the course for you. $32 ($29 Members)
1/13/2019 1:15 PM
to 4:45 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Intended for all levels, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. No prerequisites. $38 ($34 Members)
1/24/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Arabidopsis Rocket Science: How We Grew Plants on the International Space Station
The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) as a permanent experimental outpost provided the opportunity for quality plant research in space. Learn how researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a plant growth facility capable of supporting long-term plant growth in microgravity, growing Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) from seed-to-seed on the ISS, the first full plant life cycle study on the station. Their experiments, controlled telemetrically from a ground control center, were a prelude to an era of long-term experiments with plants in orbit, where fundamental questions about plant growth in microgravity can be revisited and new questions can be asked.
2/16/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:30 AM
Winter Backyard Birds – FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. From yellow-bellied sapsuckers to Carolina chickadees, learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters, learn how to be a citizen scientist, and take home a feeder and identification chart to common NC feeder birds. Fee: $12 ($10 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
2/19/2019 9:30 AM
to 3/7/2019 12:00 PM
Garden Guide Training
Do you have an enthusiasm for nature and the Garden that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides are specially trained volunteers who help us to educate thousands of people each year about plants and the natural world. Our enthusiastic and committed volunteers create memorable learning experiences for small groups of schoolchildren (PreK-6th) and adults. You don’t need to be an expert or have a background in teaching! Successful volunteers are open-minded, willing to learn, friendly, enjoy working with people, and have time to volunteer on weekdays. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and program curriculum.
3/3/2019 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Vernal Pool Wonders – FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 6 & up with accompanying adult. Chorus frogs, dragonfly larvae, and spotted salamanders…oh my! Nature is waking up in the garden’s vernal pools. These spring nurseries are swimming with life in early spring. Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in a vernal pool. Fee: $12 ($10 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
3/28/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Month of Their Ripening: NC Heritage Foods Through the Year
Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state in her new book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening. In this talk, she’ll introduce some of the farmers, fishmongers, and cooks who help us understand how certain foods are deeply tied to the culture of the Old North State. For example, garlicky green ramps, gathered in April and traditionally savored by many Cherokee people, are now threatened by their popularity in fine restaurants. In June, serviceberry trees offer a delicious fruit for pies if you can pick them before the birds descend.These ephemeral ingredients make up the long-standing dialect of North Carolina kitchens. But we have to wait for the right moment to enjoy them, and in that waiting is their treasure.
4/27/2019 9:00 AM
to 4/28/2019 6:00 PM
Educator Trek: Pitcher This - Plants that Eat Bugs!
North Carolina is home to an amazing diversity of plants, including some of the ‘most wonderful plants in the world,’ according to Charles Darwin. Join the Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Botanical Garden on an overnight trek to discover and learn about our wonderful insect-eating plants and the habitats in which they thrive. Venue: The Green Swamp Preserve and Holly Shelter Game Land near Wilmington, NC. Fee: $90 (includes lodging, transportation, some meals)