NCBG Timeline


Dr. Damon Waitt, former Senior Director and botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, becomes the NCBG's first full-time Director.

Jonathan Howes, past president of the Botanical Garden Foundation, with leadership service to the state, UNC, and the town of Chapel Hill, becomes interim Director of the NCBG, prior to the start-date of Director Dr. Damon Waitt. (Howes died in 2015).

The Education Department reaches a milestone: since 2006, the number of children served tripled and between 2006 and 2015, 30,000 persons were served. (This needs clean up in case the number isn't 30K unduplicated persons).

Coker Arboretum is awarded second place among the 50 most beautiful U.S. college arboreta.

The Greenbriers volunteer group, formerly the Docent volunteer group, is established.

"Among Our Trees," spotlighting trees of the southeastern U.S., is celebrated with exhibits, lectures, workshops, walks, and ceremonial planting of a blight-resistant American chestnut seedling in the Coker Arboretum (which died; autopsy requested).

"Saving Our Pollinators," exhibit highlights the importance of pollinators with workshops, exhibits, lectures, field trips, and tours.

The Melinda Kellner Brock Terrace, constructed by a gift from Eunice Brock to honor her daughter, is completed and dedicated in Battle Park.

The NCBG newsletter is to be replaced by a magazine to be published twice a year covering a variety of conservation gardening topics, as well as a monthly e-newsletter.

A 2016 Botanical Illustration Calendar with artwork from past and current participants of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program is published. All copies sell out!

Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States becomes available as a FloraQuest app.

The NCBG honors twin sisters Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles with a 100th birthday celebration at their home, a tribute to them for the many years they've opened their garden to the public.

The Edible Campus Initiative is launched, a component of the campus-wide Food for All, Local and Global Perspectives, partnered by UNC Grounds Services and Energy Services, the NCBG, the Carolina Campus Community Garden and the Town of Chapel Hill. The Initiative incorporates edible, medicinal and pollinator-friendly plants into the existing campus landscape with volunteers and APPLES service-learning interns providing gardening support. (In 2016, the Initiative is transferred to NCBG's administration with hiring of an Edible Campus coordinator).

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