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Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction

with Georgann Eubanks, Author

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST, followed by a book-signing - more details to come

Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)

Free; $5 suggested fee; preregistration required

This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.


In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium, with masks required indoors. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. 


Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.


The American South is famous for its astonishingly rich biodiversity. In her new book Saving the Wild South, Georgann Eubanks takes a wondrous trek from Alabama to North Carolina to search out native plants that are endangered and wavering on the edge of erasure. Even as she reveals the intricate beauty and biology of the South’s plant life, she also shows how local development and global climate change are threatening many species, some of which have been graduated to the federal list of endangered species. In this presentation, which also features color images from the book, Georgann will give an overview of the plants and people she visited across the region with a special focus on the species that are among the specimens in the North Carolina Botanical Garden.



Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction (now available from UNC Press) See to order a signed copy





Registration open through 1/27/2022 11:50 AM

About the Speaker and Book

Georgann Eubanks is a writer, Emmy-winning documentarian, and popular speaker. She is the author of the three volume North Carolina Literary Trails series of guidebooks commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published by UNC Press.  She has also published in many magazines and journals, including Southern Cultures, South Writ Large, Our State, and Oxford American.  Her last book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, was recently reissued in paperback. In addition to her work with many nonprofit organizations in the state, Georgann is the executive director of the Paul Green Foundation.

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A limited number of seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. The program will also be streamed
live on Zoom webinar. A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.


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Photo courtesy of Georgann Eubanks