NCBG Timeline


1997

Sally Jessee Brown, president of Marin Development, donates 26 acres outright and 12 acres in conservation easements to the Botanical Garden Foundation as buffers to the Mason Farm Biological Reserve. This area is the Laurel Hill Nature Reserve. Check this date and entry.

A bequest of William Lanier Hunt's library of many rare books on botany and horticulture is made to the Garden. The books are moved to Wilson Library for safekeeping and inventory by Ken Moore.

The deed to the Highland Pond lot of 3 acres atop Edwards Mountain in Governors Club, jointly owned by William Lanier Hunt and the Governors Club is presented to the Botanical Garden Foundation and the area becomes the newest nature preserve, an important breeding site for salamanders and other amphibians.

The Garden restricts distribution of seeds to a 12-state region of the southeastern U.S., a conservation measure to reduce the potential spread of a native plant that might become invasive elsewhere and to reduce the outbreeding depression potential. Restriction of seed distribution is an important conservation issue, and the Garden may be the first in the nation to take this position, establishing the Garden's leadership in the wider professional world by making it a top priority.

The NCBG, through UNC, receives significant expansion of its budget from the Legislature.

The Jenny Fitch Lecture Fund is established by R.B. Fitch Jr. and friends and family members of the late Jenny Elder Fitch to provide an annual free public lectures about native plant horticulture.

The town of Chapel Hill awards the Jean and Pearson Stewart Appearance Award to the Garden's new Garden Commons.

Chapel Hill Roots, a new volunteer group, plans and carries out planting projects, including attempts to establish a Three Sisters Garden in the Native American section of the Herb Garden.

NCBG's Sculpture in the Garden show is awarded a support grant from the Orange County Arts Commission with funds from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.

Douglas Hunt (nephew of William Lanier Hunt), adviser to the Chancellor, provides a fascinating true story, “Unraveling the Mystery of the Ladies of Mason Farm,” during an afternoon lecture in the Totten Center classroom. He describes his archival sleuthing to unravel a mystery of missing, found and doubled portraits. The portraits are displayed in the Totten Center classroom.

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