North Carolina Botanical Garden


Blue Wild Indigo at Penny's Bend

with Ed Harrison, Naturalist

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Fee: $18 ($16 Members)


This hike will provide a wonderful opportunity to see rare flora at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Baptisia aberrans is an imperiled species at the state level and survives in only a small number of remnant Piedmont prairie or savanna patches. The Garden’s management practices at Penny’s Bend has favored a variety of prairie and savanna flora.

About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.


Meeting spot supplied upon registration.



Remaining Seats: 3

Registration open through 5/19/2023 2:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Program Leader

Ed Harrison earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke, with concentrations in environmental impact analysis and in plant community ecology. He’s been an active member of the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve Management Committee since 1998, leading the Spring and Fall public tours for the Garden since 1999. Ed began doing similar tours for Mason Farm Biological Reserve in 2007.

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Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

Meeting spot and directions will be provided upon registration. (
Note: meeting spot is distinct from map address below.)


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