NCBG Timeline


2009

The [current James and Delight Allen] Education Center is dedicated and opened to the public on Oct. 12th. The Center was built entirely with private funds donated by nearly 600 private donors. Governor Beverly Perdue and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp are among the speakers at the ceremony, Also in attendance are founding Garden Director C. Ritchie Bell and his family, architect Frank Harmon and his staff, New Atlantic Construction supervisors, and Garden staff and students.

The Public Programs Department is re-named the Education Department with Nancy Easterling appointed as the full-time Director of Education. Sally Haskett replaces Nancy Easterling as coordinator of the Horticultural Therapy program.

The Garden Gift Shop opens, replacing the Totten Center foyer's small gift shop.

Elisha Taylor, Coordinator of Children's and Family Education, offers “Bluets” for the first time, a class for 4-5 year olds. It is soon followed by other children's programs: nature clubs, homeschool classes, Nature Explorers Summer camp, “Sweet Peas,” “Blazing Stars,” “Sundrops,” “Habitat Heroes,” “Young Botanists,” “Junior Naturalists,” and “Young Explorers,” all assisted by volunteers and interns.

The first Earth Partnership for Schools Summer Institute, a program developed by the University of Wisconsin in 1991, is offered at the Garden in partnership with the City of Durham Storm Water Services.

A Garden Birthday Party program is offered by the Education Department as another draw to the Garden for children and families.

The Garden is honored with the Bird Lore Conservation Education Award from the Audubon Society of North Carolina.

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