North Carolina Botanical Garden – Garden Notes

In this issue:
  • Did You Know?

  • Holiday Shopping at the Garden

  • Young Ecoscapers

What’s on Display

Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana)

Big-leaf Magnolia
(Magnolia macrophylla)

Winged Sumac
(Rhus copallinum)

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Garden Notes
News from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
17 November 2011

Plant Dividing

Did you know that one of the Garden’s outreach programs serving the larger community receives very little funding yet is making a significant difference in the lives of many in our community? Horticultural Therapy, the purposeful use of plants and gardens to promote individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being, is being offered at the Garden and off-site. Part-time staff member Sally Haskett, registered horticultural therapist, develops and shares horticulture activities with clients affected by traumatic brain injury, memory impairment, mental illness, development disabilities, and other issues.

This fall, we have initiated a program with clients in the Eating Disorders Unit of UNC Hospital. For 1 hour a week, Sally and student intern Anna Strick meet with a group of patients in the hospital’s schoolroom. They begin with a short lesson/discussion and then dive into the activity, which is always hands-on. For instance, Sally and Anna recently brought in potted plants that needed dividing. The discussion centered on what plants need to grow and thrive and how that parallels humans’ need for water, food, sunlight, and love. “Just bringing plants into the hospital setting enlivens these clients’ environment,” says Sally Haskett. “The hour-long activity makes a difference in their stressful situation, in part because it gives them something alive to care for.”

Horticultural Therapy at NCBG is dependent on funding from individuals and foundation grants. We welcome your support for this important program of the Garden.

Garden Shop Gifts

Our shop is open every day the Garden is open, and it is filled with a fantastic assortment of books on gardening and natural history, t-shirts, garden gloves, books and games for children, hats, table linens, stationery, and many other gift items. Stop by for your holiday shopping!

And for a different kind of gift, make a special contribution, in honor of a family member or friend, to purchase a much-needed item on our “Wish List.” We are seeking contributions with which to purchase
  • an irrigation system to distribute water from cisterns and reclaimed water during drought
  • acoustic treatments for classrooms and auditorium
  • materials and labor to continue constructing the children’s “Wonder Garden”
  • an Electric Gator utility vehicle to transport plants from the nursery to our Plant Sale
See the complete Wish List here:

Young Ecoscapers

We’ve developed a new educational program that we are very excited about. “Young Ecoscapers” is designed for home-educated 10 to 13 year olds. Students will learn about pollination and native pollinators, conduct soil studies, grow native plants, and design and install a pollinator garden in our new children’s Wonder Garden. This project will provide participants with a unique opportunity to create an eco-friendly landscape from beginning to end. Students will be leaders in every aspect of the creation of the garden, including the planning, planting, maintenance, and interpretation of this space for the public. This course will teach basic tenets of ecology in an applied way, as well as the process of landscape design. Most important, students will produce a tangible product of their learning process in which they feel a sense of pride and ownership—a garden designed by kids and for kids!

“Young Ecoscapers” will take place over 6 weeks in spring 2012 and an additional 6 weeks in fall 2012. Classes will be held once a week on Wednesdays for 2.5 hours. The group will be limited to 15 students, and two of the Garden’s own environmental educators will guide the project. Find more information here:

Happy Thanksgiving to all, from the staff of the North Carolina Botanical Garden!

The Garden will be closed for the holiday for the period November 24 - 27. We regret that reduced funding for staffing at the Garden means that we can no longer stay open on holidays. Please remember that Coker Arboretum, the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, and Mason Farm Biological Reserve (permit required) are open every day of the year, dawn to dusk.

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North Carolina Botanical Garden
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3375 • Chapel Hill, NC 27599 • 919–962–0522

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