NCBG Timeline


Hollow-stem joe-pye-weed is 2017 Wildflower of the Year with a quilt added to the collection displayed in the Allen Center.

A series of participatory planning sessions begin for an Herbarium Building/ Research Library on the NCBG campus.</br></br> Added in the Garden Shop are t-shirts, sweat-shirts, jackets, fleece vests, hats and window decals featuring the Garden's dogwood logo.

A solar-powered greenhouse, part of the Carolina Campus Community Garden on Wilson Street in Chapel Hill, is dedicated on Earth Day, April 21, followed by dedication and the first planting of an Edible Campus hub garden behind Davis Library on April 22. The first harvest is expected in the Fall.

Edible Campus and the Center for the Study of the American South host a Harvest Moon celebration at the Forest Theatre that includes the first harvest from Edible Campus.

A Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation grant enables the NCBG's pollination exhibit, "Behold Our Humble Pollinators," includes multiple panels and a display case, to travel, upon request. Additional traveling exhibits are planned.

Emily Oglesby is appointed Registrar. She held previous NCBG positions as Communications assistant and interim Registrar.

Stephen Keith returns to the NCBG as Associate Director of Development.

Janna Starr is appointed as the new Facilities and Events Manager.

Dan Stern returns to the NCBG as Director of Horticulture.

The Farm at Penny Lane, part of the Horticultural Therapy Program, receives a $1,000 Growing for Futures Therapeutic Garden grant from the National Garden Bureau.

The NCBG closes on Mondays, and visitor hours end at 5pm all year around, including weekends.

Garden Guides replaces the title of Tour Guides, a volunteer group established in 1971 to guide, educate and inform visitors.

CocoBean Coffee and Pastries opens as a coffee stand in the Allen Center, outside the Garden Shop, Thursdays-Sundays.

Celebration of National Public Gardens Day on May 12, features guided tours of Mason Farm Biological Reserve, the NCBG Display Gardens, Coker Arboretum, the Carolina Campus Community Garden, and the Edible Campus Initiative Gardens.

"Saving Our Seeds; A Journey Through Natural and Cultural History" is the theme of a 6-month exhibit together with a series of classes, lectures including the Fitch lecture, workshops, and the Fall/Winter issue of Conservation Gardener.

STIHL becomes a Garden partner, providing STIHL commercial-grade battery-powered, hand-held landscaping equipment that includes rechargeable chainsaws, blowers, and lawn mowers to promote the Garden's sustainability efforts and reduce noise and exhaust emissions.

"Plant This, Not That," becomes an informative and popular exhibit, explaining for and promoting gardening of native plants that is the theme of the Sims Lecture.

In Battle Park, an outdoor photo exhibition of large formal portraits of U.S. Marines taken by Louie Palu on the front line in Afghanistan is displayed.

The NCBG is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Amaranthus pumilus along the N.C. coast.

The NCBG is partnering with the Fort Bragg Army Base to reintroduce 4 species native to the region.

Fungal specimens collected by renowned botanist George Washington Carver from the late 1800s into the 1900s are found in a cardboard box in the mycological collection by Carol Ann McCormick. Carver studied botany as an undergraduate and graduate student at Iowa State, and taught at Tuskegee for 47 years. The specimens are being cataloged with a grant from the National Science Foundation. (Listen to the story of this discovery told by Carol Ann McCormick on Well Said Podcast, Feb.1,2017).

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Modified by: Knauff
Last Update: 2020-06-26
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