NCBG Timeline


The Plant Families Garden is renovated and renamed the Garden of Flowering Plants.

The NCBG loses 6.5% of its state appropriation as a result of UNC's 1998/99 budgetary shortfall.

UNC Trustees approve architectural plans for the Herbarium and Botanical Library to be sited next to the Garden's visitor parking lot, a component of the Master Plan.

NCBG Education Specialist Nancy Easterling and videographer Anne Lindsey of Laurel Hill Press collaborate to produce Fire and the Longleaf, receiving two national awards, a Silver Telly and a Videographer Award of Excellence. The film is the first in the Garden's “Take A Closer Look” natural history video series.

The NCBG is spotlighted by Wellspring Grocery, predecessor of Whole Foods, with an exhibit of photos and Garden publications, and 8 donation boxes that give shoppers the opportunity to support the NCBG.

The First Jenny Fitch Memorial Lecture is given by Rosemary Verey, English writer and gardener in Memorial Hall, attended by 425 persons, followed by book signing and refreshments served by Chapel Hill Garden Club members in Coker Arboretum.

Laurel Hill Associates, through a gift to UNC, donates 7.66 acres adjacent to the William Lanier Hunt Arboretum. The site in its natural forested state will be managed by the NCBG.

NCBG Director Peter White delivers the keynote address at the meeting of the Native Plant Conservation Initiative held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas where Lady Bird Johnson was presented with the Initiative's first Plant Conservation Award by Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt. Anne Lindsey and Nancy Easterling also represented the NCBG at the meeting. (Lady Bird Johnson visited the NCBG in 1988 to launch the NCBG's first fundraising event – see 1988 entry)

Garden Tour Guides begin development of a manual for use by Tour Guides.

The Town of Chapel Hill awards the Garden an Appearance Award for the Ceremonial Entryway, Stone Gathering Circle and reconstructed Arbor in Coker Arboretum, funded by the UNC Class of 1997.

The Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden is named one of the top six U.S. herb gardens by Herb Companion Magazine.

A Guide to the Old Farm Trail, written by Charlotte Jones-Roe, designed by Sandra Brooks-Mather, and dedicated to John K. Terres, is published by the NCBG and will be available for purchase at the Totten Center. (A second edition is published in 2009, revised by Charlotte Jones-Roe, and edited and designed by Laura Cotterman, titled: Mason Farm Biological Reserve; A Guide to the Old Farm Trail. It acknowledges the contributions of John Blackfeather, Stephen Hall, Michael Kunz, Johnny Randall, Barbara Roth, John Terres, Peter White, Haven Wiley, and staff of the NCBG, the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and UNC Laboratories of Archeology. It is available for sale in the Education Center's Gift Shop)

The NCBG organizes the North Carolina Chapter of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

ID: 57
Modified by: Knauff
Last Update: 2017-01-11
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