North Carolina Botanical Garden

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United States of America - North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Institution Code: NCU

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

About the North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We further the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service through our own mission:

"To inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature."

Main Address:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The University of North Carolina
CB 3375
Chapel Hill
North Carolina 27599 United States of America

Telephone: (919) 962-0522
Fax: (919) 962-3531
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Damon Waitt, Director
    Curator's Name: Chris Liloia, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Heather Summer, Collections Manager & Seed Program Coordinator
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number: 8
    Research Staff Number: 8
    Administration Staff Number: 8

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1966
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1100 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 18 Hectares
  • Latitude: 35.8993755
    Longitude: -79.0255919
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Coker Pinetum

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 800000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 100000
    Number of Volunteers: 400

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Carnivorous plants including Sarracenia (75 taxa), Hemerocallis (161 taxa), Narcissus (200 taxa), herbs (330 taxa), native ferns and plants of southeastern USA including sandhills collection, coastal plain savannah and mountain collections.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes