NCBG Timeline


At the request of the Wildlife Resources Commission, the Garden becomes caretaker of a large quantity of Venus' flytraps that were seized from a poacher near Wilmington.

The UNC Herbarium in Coker Hall becomes a department of the NCBG, staffed by Carol Ann McCormick, assistant curator.The Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture series is funded by a gift from Nancy and Ed Preston in honor of Nancy's mother, Evelyn McNeill Sims. The first lecture, "The Future of North Carolina's Wildflowers in a Changing Landscape," is given by Cecil Frost, Director of the Plant Conservation Program of the N.C. Department of Agriculture, who identifies issues that leave the State's wildflowers hanging in the balance.

The Garden's new red cedar entry road sign, designed by Sandra Brooks-Mathers and carved from a downed red cedar log in the Garden, is installed.

Frank Harmon Architects is selected by the UNC-Chapel Board of Trustees to design the planned NCBG Education Center.

The Cattail Gate created by sculptor Jim Gallucci and commissioned by the Foundation is installed as the entry gate to the Garden. The design is inspired by Gallucci's Cattail Garden Gate exhibited in the 1996 Sculpture in the Garden show.

In the area in front of Totten Center, three major projects are completed: the Ken Moore Gathering Circle, the Chess Set Trellis, and the Tuliptree Root Bridge. The Chess Set Trellis will house the Endangered Plant Chess set, donated by Margaret Pollard and Wilbur Bryant, created by Lyle Estill, and exhibited during the Sculpture in the Garden show.

The Mason Farm Biological Reserve entrance renovations, funded by the Finley Golf Course as part of a redevelopment project, are completed that include a low rock wall along the entrance perimeter, improved signage at the entrance and parking lot, and a key-activated gate. Additional signage and entrance landscaping are scheduled.

Seventy-five pine trees are lost to an outbreak of the southern pine beetle in the woods around the visitors' parking lot. The trees yield 2000 board feet of lumber saved for future building projects.

A Peace Pole, donated by UNC Herbarium Curator Jim Massey, is installed in the Shade Garden near the Paul Green cabin. (It was taken down during preparation for a Sculpture in the Garden Show, and is currently stored in a Totten Center workroom (2016)).

Wendy Wenck, Nursery and Greenhouse Manager, begins writing a monthly gardening column for the local Chapel Hill newspaper.

20.3 inches of snow blankets the Triangle area closing the Garden for 6 days.

A grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services is received to survey the Hunt Arboretum and adjacent Laurel Hill Nature Preserve. During the Hunt Arboretum survey, assessments will include horticultural introductions by Hunt, Hurricane Fran effects, and exotic species invasions.

Security becomes a concern in the visitors' parking lot. Vandals destroyed the gazebo and there were also several car break-ins. The gazebo will be reconstructed more sturdily by woodworker, Bob Chamberlain. A stolen sign and stolen bench will also be replaced.

C. Ritchie Bell is presented with the NCBG's Flora Caroliniana Award. Previous recipients were Lady Bird Johnson in 1988, John Terres in 1991, and William Lanier Hunt in 1996.

Garden staff, joined by members of the Frank Harmon Architects team, begin a series of field trips to botanical gardens and sustainably-designed facilities in an effort to learn as much as possible about sustainable design and what to do and what not to do as input into ongoing planning discussions that have also included the ideas of volunteer groups.

ID: 58
Modified by: Knauff
Last Update: 2017-01-11
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