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NC Botanical Garden  The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a conservation-focused public garden; emphasis is on flora of the southeastern US. Part of UNC-Chapel Hill.


Stop by this weekend to see the breathtaking flowers of Parnassia caroliniana (Carolina grass of Parnassus), found in just a small area in the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina (with one isolated population in Florida). This special plant was discovered in the Carolinas by French botanist Andre Michaux in 1790 but was not found again for over a century - many thought he must have been wrong about its location because most known Parnassia species were found in cooler regions. Then amateur botanist Hal Rankin came across it in 1928 in Columbus County, NC. He sent specimens to William Chambers Coker at the UNC Herbarium, where his findings were confirmed to be Parnassia caroliniana. Today, this species is imperiled in the state, with fire suppression and development threatening its existence. See it now by the boardwalk in our Coastal Plain Habitat!

Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) in our Coastal Plain Habitat.

A wand of Symphyotrichum concolor (eastern silver aster) flowers serves as an early morning resting spot for a bee in our Piedmont Habitat.
The Garden is closed to the public on Mondays - come see us tomorrow!

Coreopsis gladiata (Coastal Plain tickseed) in our Coastal Plain Habitat.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (aromatic aster) by the Totten Center.

Calling all citizen scientists: Help us digitize our UNC Herbarium records! Right now we're working on Betulaceae (the birch family), and you can join us through Natural North Carolina, a collaboration between members of the public & research botanists to document the botanical diversity of the southeastern United States.
Herbarium specimens are the basis of documenting the flora of a particular area. By transcribing the label data of herbarium specimens, you help curators catalog their collections. This data is then used to make important decisions to protect natural habitats for plants & animals, to provide clean water, clean air & open space for people, and to advance sustainable relationships between people & nature.

Visit the link below, and click on "Natural North Carolina's - Nothing's BETter Than BETULACEAE" to get started!

** www.notesfromnature.org/active-expeditions/Herbarium ** (For anyone interested, this is an Alnus serrulata (hazel alder) specimen collected in 1969.)

It's a beautiful time of year for a walk through the Garden. Our Sandhills Habitat is glowing!

You can't miss the Helianthus angustifolius (swamp sunflowers) in our Coastal Plain Habitat right now - they tower over everything! *** Have you heard about the Harvest Moon Celebration hosted by @unc_edible_campus tomorrow? From 6-7:30 p.m. at the Forest Theatre on the UNC campus, celebrate the first season of harvest of the new Edible Campus Garden with stories by inspiring local food and social justice leaders as well as live music! For more info, find Edible Campus UNC on Facebook!

Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod) in front of the Totten Center.

Symphyotrichum laeve var. concinnum (narrow-leaved smooth aster) in our Piedmont Habitat. This aster is imperiled in North Carolina, with few known populations in the state.

The Garden is closed to the public on Mondays - come see us tomorrow!

What a cart! This could be yours--our Fall Plant Sale goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today! Come get some southeastern native plants!

A few of the beautiful native fern species that will be available at our Fall Plant Sale this weekend.
Clockwise from top left: Adiantum capillus-veneris (southern maidenhair fern), Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern), Athyrium asplenioides (southern lady fern). Our ferns are grown lovingly by our longtime employee Dot Wilbur-Brooks; most of them are tended for years before they reach one of our plant sales. And alongside the ferns this weekend, you'll find native grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, and lots of flowering herbaceous perennials for your garden.

The Members' Night sale goes from 4-8 p.m. Friday and the public sale is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. See you there!

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