Course Description

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.


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Section Title
A Conservation Garden: An Introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Apr 06, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Guest Information:

Damon Waitt, PhD, is the NCBG director. Waitt has broad responsibility for overall leadership and management of NCBG and for ensuring that the Garden fulfills its mission.

Alan Weakley, PhD, director of the UNC Herbarium, is a plant taxonomist, community ecologist, and conservationist specializing in the Southeastern United States.

Johnny Randall, PhD, as director of conservation at the NCBG, oversees the conservation and management of approximately 1,200 acres of natural areas, administers the Garden’s conservation seed programs, and directs rare plant recovery projects.

Dan Stern, director of horticulture, oversees the development, maintenance, plant records, and labeling for over 15 acres of cultivated gardens between the NCBG’s main site and the Coker Arboretum.