On March 20, 2020 the Garden closed its gates but keeps its trails and natural areas open in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Year of the Wildflower starts with Wildflower of the Year, the Marsh-pink (Sabatia angularis) aka rose gentian, rose pink, and bitter-bloom, and a kickoff lecture by Tom Earnhardt, appropriately preceded by the 2019 publication of Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast, a field guide written by Alan Weakley, Damon Waitt, and Laura Cotterman.
"Saving Our Wildflowers" events will include educational exhibits, lectures (including the Sims lecture), classes, community programs, and field trips, and is the theme of the Spring/ Summer 2020 Conservation Gardener (released on-line 2 months early), and a six-episode NCBG podcast series, "The Power of Plants in a Changing Climate," hosted by Emma Wilson, the Fred and Virginia Houk Sustainability Intern.
Governor Cooper proclaims May 3-9, 2020 as North Carolina Wildflowers Week.
Photos of native flowers are sought from members and the general public by the Education Dept. from among which 100 will be displayed during November and December in the DeBerry Gallery.
A partnership of the NCBG Foundation and Friends of Plant Conservation sponsors pre-orders of a specialty NC license plate featuring the Venus flytrap. Five hundred pre-orders, a required minimum, were sent to the NCDMV which is responsible for submitting an application to the NC General Assembly. If approved, the plates' availability will be posted on the NCDMV specialty plate website later in 2020.
The NCBG hosts a Blood Root Blood Drive that includes short guided tours of display gardens for donors.
The new NCBG entrance, funded by the NCBG Foundation, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The NCBG is part of the Piedmont Prairie Partnership, joining the town of Chapel Hill and the Episcopal Church Advocate to restore native flora and fauna displaced by urbanization, including remaining grasslands.
Lauren Greene joins the NCBG staff in March as Youth Environmental Education Specialist.
Derick Poindexter joins the NCBG staff as a post-doctoral research investigator in the UNC Herbarium.
Starting on March 20, the main NCBG campus (the Education Center and display gardens) are closed until further notice in response to local, UNC and state Covid-19 related restrictions. The closing necessitates program and event cancellations. Some work-arounds are listed below. Volunteers, except for those who can work from home, are furloughed until the Garden campus re-opens. Plants (the Daily Plant Sale) are sold through choices made from e-listings of available plants, followed by orders made to the Garden's nursery with pickups outside the main gate. Some Lunchbox talks are offered virtually.
Starting in mid-August, NCBG partners with NC State Extension to offer an on-line course, Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture, expected to be the first in a series on the subject.
The Carolina Community Garden and Edible Campus UNC receive a monetary award from the U.S.Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association to support established urban agriculture programs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NCBG participates in "Culture and Community in A Time of Crisis," a national survey, with 600 other organizations focused on how organizations are connecting to the arts during the Covid -19 pandemic. Early results from the survey are posted in the July newsletter.
The annual Carolina Moonlight gala is enjoyed by hundreds of party-goers, the first gala to be attended virtually. A video version is available on-line.
Springtime in the Garden is shared with members by e-mailed postings of videos and photos. ID: 86Modified by: KnauffLast Update: 2020-06-26Publish: 1