During prescribed burning training at the Nature Conservancy's Long Valley Farm in Spring Lake, NC, a report is received that 500 pitcher plants had been recovered from 4 poachers in the Green Swamp area. A car trunk is searched and found full of purple pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea). Another report was received that three men had emerged from the swamp toting bags of purple pitcher plants. Four men were apprehended and ticketed. Johnny Randall and Mike Kunz, in the swamp for burning training, come to the rescue of the pinched purple pitcher plants. The plants are brought to the Garden, and trimmed and planted in raised beds filled with a peat and sand soil mix, and are being cared for until they establish a sufficient root system for successful re-introduction at a secure site in the Green Swamp.
At the request of the Botanical Garden Foundation and Morgan Creek Valley Alliance, the town of Chapel Hill establishes the 92-acre Morgan Creek Preserve, running from Frank Porter Graham Elementary School to Merritt Pasture.
November 7th marks the first of 486 construction days for completion of the NCBG's Education Center. Geothermal wells are dug in May.
Twenty years of the annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibitions are celebrated with 77 pieces by 44 artists, a 20-year record. Founding curator, artist Kathy Buck, her successor curator Stephen Keith, and former assistant director Ken Moore, share stories and honor artists who participated in early shows. Tribute is paid to sculptors from early shows who have died. A special memorial with some of those artists' pieces is placed on the Paul Green Cabin lawn.
Volunteer Douglas Tilden completes 1000 hours after 2 and a half years of volunteering in Battle Park, and helping with the heavy lifting involved in sculpture shows.
Whole Foods in Chapel Hill donates 5% of sales on May 8th and proceeds from donation boxes throughout the month of May to the NCBG to benefit construction of the Education Center, with $5,105 contributed by Whole Foods shoppers.
The NCBG is awarded "Green Department of the Year" by the UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.
The NCBG is among 12 public gardens from across the country to design and construct a display garden in the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. in the summer exhibition titled "Celebrating America's Public Gardens: A Sense of Place." The NCBG's exhibit garden is a North Carolina coastal plain habitat garden, designed by Andrew Bell, who coordinated its planning and installation. Three distinct habitats are shown: a Longleaf Pine Savanna, a Pocosin, and a Grass-sedge Bog featuring several species of carnivorous plants native to those habitats.
Volunteer tour guides lead over 800 adults and children on guided tours of the display Gardens. The total active number of active tour guides is 31.
C. Ritchie Bell is honored by UNC on University Day, when presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNC. ID: 65Modified by: KnauffLast Update: 2017-01-11Publish: 1