NCBG Timeline


Fitch Lumber Company of Carrboro provides lumber for 11 wooden picnic tables, which are built and installed in a wooded area by volunteer Jim Wilkerson. Lady Slipper Club of Raleigh contributed funds to support the project.

While installing a replacement sidewalk in front of the Totten Center, Dot Wilbur-Brooks, other NCBG staff, and the men installing the sidewalk press leaves of trees, ferns and other herbaceous plants into the still-soft cement sidewalk, a Garden tradition continued at the entrance to the Education Center.

The tenth year of T-shirts of Wildflower of the Year t-shirts is celebrated with reproductions of a special Wildflower of the Year design by Dot Wilbur-Brooks., a joint project the NCBG and the Garden Club of North Carolina. Her poster won a blue ribbon at the 1993 national meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

Solidago rugosa “Fireworks” is introduced to the public at the NCBG and Niche Gardens. Its history dates back to the mid-1970s during a plant rescue near Wilson, NC. A number of pitcher plants and associated woody pocosin species from the rescue were planted in the Coastal Plain Habitat. During the next several years, an unusual goldenrod made itself visible, unusual because of its long, gracefully arching flowering stems, noticed by Ken Moore. It keyed out to the Solidago rugosa complex. The original single clump became more vigorous during several growing seasons, and was extracted, divided and grown in several more wildflower borders. Experiments over the years at the Garden determined that this special form did not come from seed and thus all multiples of the plant were produced by division and cuttings. Question was whether to give it a special name, but in doing so, would add to the abundance of named cultivars in the perennials world. Another goldenrod resembling the rescued form was never found in the State and thus it came to be worthy of special status with a name, “Fireworks.” The rest is history as “Fireworks” becomes a regular feature in perennial gardens.

The NCBG welcomes two eight weeks- old kittens, Lily and Mullein.

From Anise to Woodruff: 1793-1993; The Identification, Observation, Growing and Culinary Use of Herbs in the Southeastern U.S. Produced on the occasion of the UNC Bicentennial Observance, celebrated from October 1993-May 1994, it is authored by Herb volunteers, and selected as an official Bicentennial publication by the UNC Bicentennial Observance Policy Committee, one of the features of UNC's Bicentennial Observance in which the NCBG participated. The book includes the recipe for Lemon/Thyme cookies that were served during the 1988 visit of Lady Bird Johnson, and a recipe for roast possum, (not served to Ms. Johnson), but was a favorite dish of long-ago UNC students.

The NCBG participates in the Bicentennial Celebration Davie Poplar Project, a production of 2 and a half foot seedlings grown from seeds collected by NCBG and UNC Grounds staffs from beneath The Davie Poplar and nearby Davie Jr. (started from a Davie Poplar cutting). The seedlings grown from the seeds were cared for by the Garden for two years, producing 500 seedlings. Davie Poplar III was celebrated on University Day with 106 trees that were presented by Dean Smith to a sixth-grade essay winner from each of the 100 counties, several municipalities, and the Cherokee Reservation to take back home to plant on the students' school grounds. Forty-five poplars were presented to various University officials, alumni and others (including descendants of William Davie). A poplar was presented to the Capitol Foundation for planting on the grounds of a state government building.

“Thirteen Colonies Trail; useful native plants of Colonial America,” a U.S.bicentennial project of the NCBG, is made possible by the cooperation of the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen and the Landscape Contractors Association of North Carolina who furnish plant materials, and members of the Arnold Air Society and the UNC Angel Flight who organize much of the work and volunteered time and effort to install the plantings.

A barrier-free access boardwalk and entrance deck to the Coastal Plain habitat are constructed.

The phone system was replaced with a new line installed for a fax machine and modem.

The carnivorous plants collection is moved from the Mason Farm Biological Reserve Research area to the nursery area of the Garden.

The Green Dragons volunteer group is established to assist in the management, patrolling, and interpretation of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, the Coker Pinetum and other areas, and for special projects.

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