NCBG Timeline


Dr. Barbara Roth, a retired chemist and founder of the New Hope Audubon Society, is writing a history of the Mason and Morgan family as it relates to the lands of the Garden and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve. She and Charlotte Jones-Roe host the visit of two Mason relatives (great great grandnieces of James Pleasant Mason) to see the land once cultivated by their ancestors. They discuss plans for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the generous gift of their family to the University.

The 100th anniversary of the gift of Mason Farm to the University is celebrated.

NCBG receives the 1994 Appearance Award for excellence in preservation of the Paul Green cabin from the Chapel Hill Community Appearance Commission.

The Paul Green Foundation and the NCBG begin celebration of Paul Green's 100th birthday, “Word and Song in the Paul Green Cabin,” as part of UNC's Bicentennial Celebration. The setting is the Paul Green cabin for an afternoon event of music and readings, followed by an evening concert in Hill Hall featuring two of Paul Green's grandchildren, renowned musicians Frederick Moyer and Nancy Green.

On the same day as the celebration of Paul Green's 100th birthday, The NCBG joins UNC in a campus-wide Bicentennial Celebration Open House, “Celebrate Wildflowers and 200 Years of UNC.” Garden staff and volunteers are posted at Coker Arboretum and at the NCBG where visitors enjoy a variety of activities including a treasure hunt at the Arboretum, and children's workshops, gardening how-to's, herb gardening, and other helpful tips at the NCBG. The 1994 Wildflower of the Year t-shirt is unveiled. Lunch is available in a food catering tent.

Five acres of land in Stillhouse Bottom, the first gift to the Botanical Garden Foundation's Natural Areas Endowment, are given by Jim and Mary Eder. An additional gift of 5 acres, adjacent to the Eder's gift and the Foundation's acreage on Wren Creek, is made by Kevin and Vicki Huggins. Stillhouse Bottom is recognized as the best remaining old-growth forest of its type. (The most noteworthy part of the forest had already been conveyed to the Foundation by Duke Power).

The Totten Center opens on weekends from 9am-4pm on Saturdays, and 1pm-4pm on Sundays.

Three old, inefficient greenhouses are removed. (A new propagation greenhouse is installed in 1995).

Dr. Lawrence Mellichamp of UNC-Charlotte and Curator Rob Gardner continue to work on a project to hybridize pitcher plants to produce superior forms and reduce collection pressure in the wild.

The British Broadcasting Company sends a film crew to the Garden to film carnivorous plants for a David Attenborough series, “The Secret Life of Plants,” to be released in 1995. Garden staff play a pivotal role in coordinating the series segment. (The BBC film crew is especially interested in filming Venus' flytraps capturing ants).

A year-long study of the 367 acre Mason Farm Reserve, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is completed. The extensive inventory and documentation of the plants, wildlife, and past research added 816 new accessions to the Garden's plant record. Of these, 598 taxa were native to the site.

The outdoor lighting system is completely redesigned to improve lighting and safety in the staff parking lot and path to the main visitor parking lot along Fordham Boulevard, increasing the nighttime usability of the Totten Center.

Ken Moore develops a weekly radio broadcast on WCHL on subjects related to gardening and the Botanical Garden, a successor to Dot Wilbur-Brooks' weekly radio spots on WUNC-FM.

The Green Dragons volunteer group continues to patrol the more remote nature trails and farm roads and trails of Mason Farm, the Hackberry Warbler Area, and the Coker Pinetum.

The volunteers' activities and their monitoring keep Garden staff informed about needed assistance.

Green Dragons also continue to provide advocacy in hearings to save Mason Farm from a proposed major thoroughfare, the Laurel Hill Parkway.

Volunteer Barbara Emerson, the Garden's librarian 3-5 days a week for 7 years, receives the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. She is acknowledged for her vision of the Library, actively building and organizing the collection, redesigning the catalog, coordinating the jobs of two other volunteers, and coordinating with the Library Committee. (She died in 1995).

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