North Carolina Botanical Garden – Garden Notes

In this issue:
  • Annual Fall Plant Sale Friday/Saturday!

  • Sculpture in the Garden Opens Oct 1

  • Plant it and They Will Come

  • CCCG Update

  • Seeking New Volunteers
What’s on Display

Coastal-plain Tickseed
(Coreopsis gladiata)

Common Sneezeweed
(Helenium autumnale)

Smooth Blue American-aster
(Symphyotrichum laeve)

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Garden Notes
News from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
22 September 2011

Fall Plant Sale

You’ve heard it before: “Fall is for Planting.” We host our special ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE in late September because fall truly is the best time of year to get perennials, shrubs, trees, ferns, vines in the ground. Members get first pick tomorrow night, Friday, Sept. 23, 5 to 7 pm (yes, you can join at the gate and receive the members’ 10% discount!). Enjoy refreshments and visiting with other members. Choose from among more than 200 species of beautiful native plants for your garden. We continue the sale next morning—open to members and nonmembers— 9 am to noon. All sales support the Garden! Come out and join us for a fun event.

Sculpture in the Garden
Bernoulli by David C. Wehrenberg, Merit Award 2010

For more than twenty years, our display gardens have sprouted a crop of unique art creations every fall. More than 50 one-of-a kind sculptures placed amid the native wildflowers and shrubs delight garden visitors throughout the season. With new display spaces made available by construction of our LEED Platinum Certified Education Center, the exhibition has expanded in scope, bringing new and returning artists from across the state. The 23rd Annual “Sculpture in the Garden” exhibition opens Saturday October 1 and runs through November 19. It features works by 30 sculptors using a variety of media—from stone to stainless steel, concrete to clay, wood to recycled aluminum. We are grateful for support from the 2011 Honorary Chairpersons Ann and Lex Alexander of Chapel Hill. The exhibition is also made possible through the financial support of the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc., the membership organization for the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and businesses and individuals from the community.
Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars

This week we are seeing an amazing number of monarch butterfly caterpillars on our milkweed (Asclepias species) plants. We are finding them in various sizes and stages—all the way up to large ones that are curling up in a J-pose, as in this photo, in preparation for pupation. And there are chrysalises too. It makes us glad that we have planted a lot of species of milkweed in the gardens here. To read more of our thoughts on the monarch visitors, check out our blog

Campus Community Garden
In July, students from The University of North Carolina’s Summer Bridge Program toured the Campus Community Garden and stayed on to volunteer. Summer Bridge provides top instructional and counseling staff to help its participants make the transition from high school to college during a rigorous, seven-week academic program. This summer’s program included a food studies-themed English 100 course.

We are celebrating another successful year of the Carolina Campus Community Garden (and it isn’t even quite over!). Despite record hot temperatures and little rain this summer, the CCCG raised over 4,000 pounds of food. The fresh organic fruits and vegetables were distributed at 43 bi-weekly distributions to UNC housekeepers. Distributions also included surplus from HOPE Gardens earlier this summer and more recently, from Maple Spring Gardens Last month, the CCCG received a very generous contribution from the Office of the Provost toward the support of the Garden Manager’s position.

Our corps of more than 200 volunteers makes a huge difference here at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. We rely upon volunteers to help us keep the Garden going! We would love to hear from you if you are interested in any of the following NEW volunteer opportunities:
—help staff with gardening chores in the new Children’s Wonder Garden–this includes a new vegetable garden –and the Horticultural Therapy Garden. This volunteer group meets on Wednesday mornings.
—someone experienced in the area of small engine repair and maintenance; flexible hours.
Contact Barbara Wendell or 919-962-0522.

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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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