NCBG Timeline


1974

Marks the deaths of both Dr. Totten and his wife Addie, organizer of the Chapel Hill Garden Club, past President of the Garden Club of North Carolina, leader of the North Carolina Wild Flower Preservation Society, and past regional director of an 11-state Southern garden council. The Tottens leave the proceeds of their estate for the purpose of constructing a much-needed building to house garden staff and functions, providing the Garden with its first classrooms, offices, and workrooms.

The Herbarium is designated as a national Resource Center by a National Advisory Committee for Systematic Resources in Botany.

Friends of the Herbarium is organized to support and promote Herbarium operations and services as a scientific and educational resource.

The Mason Farm Biological Reserve hosts community gardeners in the field across from Morgan Creek, adjacent to the dike. Through the efforts of C. Ritchie Bell and Frank Parker, and the Chapel Hill Men's Garden Club seven 25'x 50' plots are first made available to students and townspeople, managed by Nancy Hillmer. A second site is the University's Horace Williams property in Carrboro. Neither site is irrigated. (In 1978 a prolonged drought causes a decrease in gardener registrations as does the condition of roads leading to the sites. In 1983, the Mason Farm Committee requests that the Mason Farm plots be phased out owing to interference with biological research, and litter and unkempt plots. 1988 is the last plot growing season at Mason Farm whose plot-holders are welcomed to transfer their activities to the University's Horace Williams property in Carrboro).

A “Child's Garden” pilot program is offered at Carrboro Elementary School. Garden staff and volunteers meet twice a week with a group of 6th graders to transform a patch of school yard clay into a cool season vegetable garden.

The Garden is assisting the Garden Club of North Carolina and the Landscape Unit of the Division of Highways with the Operation Wildflowers (roadside) project that will plant native wildflowers along the state's highways. Garden staff helped choose the most appropriate wildflowers and is involved in cultivation methods best suited to the chosen plants.

Three additional Garden staff and a full-time secretary, Kathy Fort (whose office is in Coker Hall) are hired: Rob Gardner, Charlotte Jones-Roe and Alan Johnson. Five state-funded positions were authorized.

Trail shelters, garden signs, bridges, plant flats and other needs are funded by the Junior Service League of Chapel Hill. Industrial Arts students in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system will construct many of these improvements.

Labor Day Open House at the Garden for two days draws plant buyers and admirers of native plants, and provides a recruiting ground for volunteers.

Volunteers organize to create a display herb garden, sell herbs, conduct herb workshops, and raise funds for construction of the herb garden and for the endowment.

Used styrofoam cups are solicited to be used for potting seedlings and rooted cuttings as a cost-saving measure.

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