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June events at the NCBG

June 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

In the DeBerry Gallery


Through June 27
In her latest paintings, artist Nathalie Worthington explores the mystery of our natural surroundings, recognizing and honoring the sacred bond between humans and the earth. Nathalie’s work expresses the profound sustenance and grace offered to us by the natural world. Read more about Honoring Habitat here >

Coming in July…

The 2018 graduates of our Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration program, Susan Abernethy, Wei-Ting Chi, and Jessica Nelson, will showcase their work in an exhibit called Seeing Nature.

Our Certificate Program graduation ceremonywill take place on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m., followed by an exhibit reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about our certificate programs in Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies? Visit ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs.

In the Garden Shop: Botany for Gardeners

Stop by the Garden Shop to pick up a copy of Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. For two decades, readers around the world have been fascinated by the crystal-clear descriptions of how plants work. What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants use each other — and animals — to survive? How do they reproduce, and how do they transform nutrients into growth?

See our full list of recommended books online.

Tours of Coker Arboretum!

Did you know we offer a free tour of Coker Arboretum on the third Saturday of every month from March to November? Tours begin at 11 a.m. and last for 1-2 hours. (Meet in the gathering circle on the south side of the Arboretum, next to the arbor along Cameron Avenue.)

The next tour will be Saturday, June 16. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Needed: Summer volunteers!

Summertime volunteers are needed at the Carolina Campus Community Garden and Edible Campus UNC. Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, and harvesting herbs and vegetables. Must be able to tolerate heat. Please contact emcmanus@unc.edu for more information.

Staff gain more skills in battling invasive pests

Geoffrey Neal, assistant curator of Coker Arboretum, and Wendy Wenck, curator of the Herb Garden, recently attended the Sentinel Plant Network training for the southeast region at Naples Botanical Garden in Florida. At this workshop, they learned about the economic and environmental impact of serious plant pests and diseases as well the threats in our region, host plants affected, common signs and symptoms, and the best practices for monitoring and reporting.

If you have questions about any of these issues, contact our Green Gardener Desk. We’re happy to help. The desk is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-2 p.m., or you can call 919-962-2393 and leave a message any time!

Upcoming Classes and Events


Saturdays, June 9, 16, and 23; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •  $97 ($87 Members)
This nine hour course is designed for a broad audience. Most aspects of insect biology will be covered, with an emphasis on the adaptations that have made them the most diverse group of organisms. The variety of orders, families, and species will be reviewed, using examples found in the local area.  Observational techniques will be demonstrated during a field trip to Mason Farm, and a tour of the Garden’s display areas will be used to discuss how to improve habitats for insects in our own backyards. Register now >


Saturday, June 9; 1-4 p.m. •  $36 ($32 Members)
An informative workshop on the fundamentals of pruning. Participants will learn the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. Trees and shrubs are the primary focus. Pruning is a beneficial horticultural practice for the overall health of plants, as well as stimulating new growth and flowering.  Register now >


Saturday, June 9; 2-3 p.m. • Free; preregistration required
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with certified beekeeper, Anne Cabell. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Register now >
Our adult programs take a break in July. Fall programs will be posted by early August! See all upcoming classes here.


June 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am
June 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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