North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden and The Garden Club of North Carolina are co-sponsors of the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program. This conservation project was initiated in 1982. The project's aim is to actively promote throughout the state and region an attractive plant that is native to the southeastern United States.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For over 50 years it has been at the forefront of native plant conservation and horticultural education in the Southeastern United States. The primary goal of the Garden is to research, catalog, and promote the native plant species of North Carolina. The garden is filled with a broad array of native plants, herbs, flowers and mosses. This garden offers educational, informational, and therapeutic activities throughout the year.

There are four other major components of the Garden that may be enjoyed by visitors:

  • The Coker Arboretum

  • The Mason Farm Biological Reserve

  • Battle Park

  • The University of North Carolina Herbarium

The lands of the Garden have grown to over 1,100 acres, including a number of nature preserves and conservation easements held by the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation.

Information about the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program and how to obtain seeds can be found here.

For additional information on North Carolina wildflower program and plants, visit NC Native Plant Society here.

For more specific information on programs, directions, tours and events at the gardens, visit the website at