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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
April
4/24/2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Spring at Mason Farm
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 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. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
4/30/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring Garden Walk
Spaces Remaining: 1
Join us for a leisurely guided walk through our native plant display gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights as well as what makes the NCBG a conservation garden. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides. Please dress for the weather and in comfortable shoes for walking outdoor pathways. Best suited for adults and children age 10 & up. Meet at the Gazebo.
May
5/8/2021
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Excursion: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve, Gaston County
Spaces Remaining: 24
The Redlair Preserve is a 730 acre tract that forms the core of a larger 1200+ acre conservation area along the South Fork of the Catawba River near Mount Holly, NC. The complex topography and geologic diversity of the site provide habitat for a great diversity of plant species and natural vegetation types. The most dramatic species is the rare bigleaf magnolia, the tree species with the largest leaves of any tree species in the US. We will be sure to visit a broad range of habitats and discuss their distribution across the landscape, the natural dynamics of these forests, and the management challenges they present. Although the topography is complex and there will be a bit of up and down, the hike will be of only moderate difficulty as the trails are relatively smooth and well-maintained.
5/8/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCG
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with certified beekeeper, Anne Glauber. Free, preregistration required.
5/9/2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Excursion: Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Preserve, Cabarrus County
Spaces Remaining: 6
After being cared for by generations of the Suther family going back to the 1700s, this relatively undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie on the floodplain of Dutch Buffalo Creek became a “must see” destination over the last two decades for scientists, conservationists, researchers, and reporters/writers from across the country after being included in the natural heritage inventory of Cabarrus County. Hundreds of species have been catalogued on this 9-acre preserve, and the ecotypes of dozens of species are available commercially for conservation projects, including Suther Indiangrass and Suther big (and little) bluestem.
5/11/2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mason Farm Biological Reserve Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a walk with NCBG director of conservation Johnny Randall through Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre nature preserve in Chapel Hill that features old farm fields, once cultivated by American Indians and the first European settlers to Orange County, now converted to native plant and wildflower meadows, and ancient woodlands of original forest, never clear-cut or plowed. Johnny will discuss the restoration and management efforts over the last 20 years that have helped to rehabilitate an ecologically exceptional wildland.
5/12/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Edible Campus UNC Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden's community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible and medicinal plants and pollinator-friendly wildflowers. We'll see and taste from the gardens, and we'll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more!
5/13/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCBG Display Gardens Tour
Spaces Remaining: 5
Tour the NCBG display gardens with our director of horticulture, Dan Stern. From our innovative horticultural displays of southeastern native plants and wildflowers to our sustainable gardening practices, learn about how the North Carolina Botanical Garden leads the way as the premier conservation garden in the southeastern U.S.
5/13/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carolina Community Garden Tour
Spaces Remaining: 8
Tour the Carolina Community Garden (CCG) with garden manager Claire Lorch. Learn about this 1/3-acre garden, an outreach program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which provides 5000+ pounds of fresh, sustainably grown produce to the University’s housekeepers annually through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents. The CCG’s special features include a solar-powered greenhouse, an extensive composting system, beehives, pollinator-friendly wildflowers, and shiitake mushroom logs.
5/15/2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Blue Wild Indigo at Penny's Bend
Spaces Remaining: 4
This hike will provide a wonderful opportunity to see rare flora at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Baptisia aberrans is an imperiled species at the state level and survives in only a small number of remnant Piedmont prairie or savanna patches. The Garden’s management practices at Penny’s Bend has favored a variety of prairie and savanna flora. 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 insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
5/15/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 1
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We'll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers.
5/22/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Spring Nature Walk
Spaces Remaining: 7
Join us for a leisurely guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails and learn about what’s happening in our Piedmont forest in spring. Slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides.
5/28/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring Silent Walk
Spaces Remaining: 9
Join us for a leisurely, quiet guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails. Our trained Garden Guides will give suggestions on how to focus on the world around you using your senses of sight, touch, hearing, and smell as you silently hike along the trails. The walk will wrap up with a chance to share your experiences with each other.
June
6/5/2021
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Excursion: Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve, Brunswick County
Spaces Remaining: 4
The Green Swamp Preserve (over 16,000 acres) contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine wet savannas as well as extensive pocosins. The savannas are bounded by pocosins containing pond pine and cypress as well as numerous shrubs including titi. The open savannas have a diverse grass/herb layer with many wildflowers including orchids and insectivorous plants. The Green Swamp is the nexus of Venus flytraps. Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (~6,000 acres) is characterized by a mix of communities including xeric sandhill longleaf pine and pocosins. The preserve has a variety of carnivorous and other plant species and it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Upwards of 400 vascular plant species have been reported in the preserve. Fire is integral to the health of these plant communities and is the primary management activity in both preserves. Trails in both preserves are flat but may be wet depending upon the weather.
6/19/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 10
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
July
7/17/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 12
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
August
8/21/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 12
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
September
9/18/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 12
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
October
10/16/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 12
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
November
11/20/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 12
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.