Dr. Johnny Randall is hired to lead the NCBG's Conservation Department, a newly redefined position that has oversight of Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Coker Pinetum, Nature Preserves, and the rare plant conservation program including the Garden's participation in the Center for Plant Conservation and the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program.
Plans develop for a NCBG herbarium/research/library building (Phase I). Phase II will be a visitor center. Both buildings, emphasizing sustainability, will be located on the southeast side of Laurel Hill Road, near the existing visitor parking lot. (This did not happen according to plan: Phase II exists while Phase I is still a dream). The State Legislature provides $350,000 for the architectural design of a new building, the UNC Herbarium and Botanical Library.
C.Ritchie Bell, retired NCBG Director and his wife, Dr. Anne H. Lindsey, donate a rental property valued at $100,000 to be sold on behalf of the Herbarium building project.
Volunteer tour guide and Herbarium Katherine Bradley Mouzon's bequest valued at $2.7 million, a transformative gift, allows the Garden to begin planning, fundraising and construction of the new Education Center.
Dedication is held of the restored Coker Arboretum black locust arbor and new entry that were funded by UNC's 1997 Senior Class gift in honor of 5 students who died in a fraternity fire in 1996, and 3 classmates who died before graduation. (The original black locust arbor was built by Dr. Coker in 1911, with special black locust logs from the North Carolina mountains). The arbor is raised 12 inches. Replacement is made of invasive Chinese wisteria that previously covered the arbor with two forms of native wisteria, Wisteria frustescens, and the cultivar, W.frustencens, “Amethyst Falls.” Additional native vines will be added to the arbor: netleaf clematis, Carolina jessamine, coral honeysuckle, pipevine, and cross-vine. A new Stone-Gathering Circle is created featuring a mosaic of a tulip poplar leaf.
The 90th birthday of the Herbarium is celebrated.
The 25th anniversary of the Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden is celebrated. The project to redesign and replant the Knot Garden is completed.
Garden staff take over responsibility for maintenance of The Rocks in Chapel Hill, a memorial to Louise Venable Coker.
Director Peter White's book, Wildflowers of the Smokies, is first prize winner in the Natural History Book category of the 1998 Excellence in Interpretation competition, presented to him by the National Park Service, U.S. Dept of the Interior.
NCBG is the first botanical garden in North America to establish an exotic plant policy.
The NCBG participates in a statewide project to make natural ornaments for the 1998 Christmas tree on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. “ The Capitol Christmas Tree Workshop” at the Garden, led by NCBG staff, generates 8” to 12” ornaments for the tree.
A traveling exhibition of 52 original watercolors by 18th century artist Mark Catesby is celebrated at the Totten Center with a lecture, “Mark Catesby: The Colonial Audubon,” by Robin Harland, retired from the British National Trust. The event is co-sponsored by The Royal Oak Foundation.
Laurie Stewart Radford writes The History of the Herbarium of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1908-1998, a compilation and update of articles written for the Friends of the UNC Herbarium Newsletter. The 90th birthday of the Herbarium is celebrated with a gala in UNC’s Morehead Planetarium. ID: 56Modified by: KnauffLast Update: 2017-01-11Publish: 1