The North Carolina Botanical Garden has been a leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education in the southeastern United States for more than 50 years. As part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we further the University's tripartite teaching, research, and public service mission through our own mission to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.
Since its founding in 1952 by the University’s Board of Trustees, the Garden has established itself as:
- A university-affiliated botanical garden with an outstanding international reputation as a garden that integrates a conservation ethic into all of its programs.
- The region’s most comprehensive center of knowledge on plants native to North Carolina and the southeastern United States.
- An institute that provides a broad audience with inspirational experiences, opportunities for health and wellness through outdoor activities, and educational programs within a scientifically based institution.