North Carolina Botanical Garden

This annual tradition of the American Public Gardens Association celebrates public gardens, raising awareness of the important role the North Carolina Botanical Garden plays in the community.

Join NCBG staff for free guided tours of some of our gardens and natural areas, emphasizing our role as a conservation garden. We encourage you to attend multiple tours.





Upcoming Event
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Mason Farm Biological Reserve Tour
Spaces Remaining: 19
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.
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Edible Campus UNC Tour
Spaces Remaining: 20
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!
Edible Campus Garden
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Carolina Community Garden Tour
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tour the Carolina Community Garden (CCCG) with CCG 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.
Carolina Community Garden (CCG)
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NCBG Display Gardens Tour
Spaces Remaining: 20
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.
Display Gardens (Meet in Allen Education Center lobby)