NCBG Timeline


The Garden's Administrative Board approves a report setting forth the NCBG mission, goals and objectives that also includes proposed development projects, creating a comprehensive master plan to chart the future course of the NCBG.. The report updates the 1984 Long-range Plan.

The Botanical Garden Foundation approves funding for a joint project with UNC Office of Facilities Planning and Design to conduct a survey of all University-owned Garden lands.

Botanical Garden Foundation Vice President Anders Lunde initiates an effort to catalog the history of the Foundation and the NCBG, working with C. Ritchie Bell and William Lanier Hunt. Lunde arranges for archival storage of Foundation and Garden papers in Davis Library.

During the Labor Day Open House, Art for Outdoor Spaces, an exhibit of works by 22 local and regional artists are displayed. The exhibit was planned, organized and curated by Kathy Buck. Many sculptures will remain in garden spaces surrounding the Totten Center during September. This was the first Sculpture in the Garden show.

The first ever annual fund-raising campaign is held. Lady Bird Johnson visits and tours the NCBG to help launch the first fundraising campaign, “Celebrating Wildflowers,” and was presented with the first Flora Caroliniana Award during a campaign gala at Fearrington. (The award was presented in subsequent years to John K. Terres, William Lanier Hunt and C. Ritchie Bell). During her visit, she said: “I admire your North Carolina wildflowers, but I want North Carolina to remain looking like North Carolina and Texas to remain looking like Texas.” (There is much more about her visit in the 1989 #1 newsletter)

The Herb Garden is named to honor its founder, Mercer Reeves Hubbard, and celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The Botanical Garden Foundation approves the transfer of BGF records to Wilson Library.

A native coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, is rescued from destruction in Emerald Isle by Patricia Wheeler and Charles Wheeler, president of the Botanical Garden Foundation who plant the rescued clump in their Raleigh garden. It is special, blooming all the way into December. Cuttings are shared with Garden staff who share plants with Niche Gardens. The plant, a natural occurring mutant, is named by the NCBG and Niche Gardens, Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler' to honor Charles Wheeler. (This story can be found on The story was written by Ken Moore in his Flora column in the Carrboro Citizen).

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Modified by: Knauff
Last Update: 2017-01-11
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