This short course will provide an introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and its primary programs, demonstration gardens, and natural areas. The Garden’s research directors will provide an overview of the ongoing conservation and systematics research related to the Garden’s mission. The director of horticulture will describe how conservation is integrated into garden design and maintenance at NCBG and discuss the “conservation through propagation” efforts to promote the use of native plants while also providing a supply that preempts wild collection. The directors of horticulture and education will provide a virtual tour of the demonstration gardens, describing the overall conservation garden principles and practices as well as facility features of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-rated education facilities. Many of the principles and strategies are quite accessible and applicable to the home garden. • Lecture + Q&A.