NCBG Director C. Ritchie Bell in his 1981 annual report asks for understanding as lack of critical basic state fiscal support as a result of economic cutbacks in government and private grants strain the NCBG budget for academic and public service activities. During 1981, support is received from the Chapel Hill Men's Garden Club, the Chapel Hill Garden Club, The Ridgewood Garden Club, and the BG Foundation. The Garden's volunteers become even more important to continuation, improvement and expansion of Garden programs.
The Botanical Garden Foundation is awarded $33,460 from the Institute of Museum Services that will be used to support some of the Garden's public service and educational programs that would otherwise have been eliminated.
The Garden comes under the direct administration of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In the future, the Garden will be governed by an Administrative Board chaired by the Dean.
9,400 plants are sold during the Spring Herb Sale. The wildflower sale moves to the Fall from the Spring: “Fall is for Planting.”
The Coker Arboretum distributes tree and shrub seedlings, free to the general public.
The fenced portion of the Garden closes on weekends.
The Garden's Horticultural Therapy Program contracts with Chapel Hill's Parks and Recreation Department to build and program a Learning Garden on the grounds of Umstead Park and later moved to Chapel Hill Community Center, engaging the UNC Hospital's child psychologist, special education classes in the CH/Carrboro school district, and elders in retirement communities in therapeutic gardening activities. CNN carried a story about the Learning Garden, and National Geographic included the Learning Garden in an article. The Learning Garden program terminated due to lack of NCBG/Parks maintenance. The program was moved subsequently to the NCBG campus. (As of 2016, the Learning Garden is located on the grounds of the Community Center with a CH Parks and Recreation staff member assigned to plan and supervise planting, maintenance and teaching activities).
The Weekend Volunteer group is discontinued. Garden visitors are requested to sign Visitor Registration sheets. ID: 38Modified by: KnauffLast Update: 2017-01-11Publish: 1