North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill

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A CONSERVATION GARDEN

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG), part of the University of North Carolina, is a 1,000-acre assemblage of display gardens and natural areas in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Garden celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and is nationally known as a center for the study, display, interpretation, and conservation of southeastern native plants. Through its educational, recreational, therapeutic horticulture, and research programs, it extends opportunities for connection with nature to people of all abilities and backgrounds. From the preservation of local biodiversity to sustainable gardening and event management practices, NCBG incorporates a conservation ethic into all parts of its operations.

Surrounding the James & Delight Allen Education Center, the first LEED Platinum certified state-owned building or public museum in North Carolina, are NCBG’s main display gardens, which include an extensive southeastern native carnivorous plant collection and habitat gardens that mimic the natural plant communities of North Carolina. NCBG also manages Battle Park and Coker Arboretum on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, the Piedmont Nature Trail system behind the display gardens, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, and the UNC Herbarium, a collection of over 800,000 plant specimens. The North Carolina Botanical Garden is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The Garden is closed to the public on Mondays and University holidays.

Your support helps us conserve the natural heritage of North Carolina and the southeastern United States by protecting conservation areas, maintaining the largest herbarium in the southeastern United States, safeguarding rare and endangered plant species from extinction, and educating new generations of botanists and scientific leaders. Donate here: https://give.unc.edu/donate?from=wt&p=NCBG
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  • I always go here to get suggestions for native plantings. Love this place. also just strolling the grounds is shady and restful.  more »
  • The gardens are a showplace of various NC plants and their habitats, from the sea to the mountains. Staff at the Gardens can be exceptionally helpful in guiding visitors who intend to plant native pla...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens, very well kept. We went for a Sunday stroll and had a great time. They have many different types of plants: flowers, bushes, acuatic grass, trees etc. My favorite was playing with fly eating plants, that close their petals to catch a fly. If you are planning on visiting the gardens soon I would recommend to wait for the end of the month, because not all the plants are green yet.
  • It's beautiful! A wonderful set of hiking trails and also more structured gardens. There's also a fun giant chess set that you can hang around and play with if that's your thing!

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