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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Supporting Pollinator Communities in NC Agroecosystems
Pollinating insects, primarily bees, provide billions of dollars worth of pollination services to agricultural systems across the US each year. However, populations of these important insects are jeopardized by a multitude of stressors including habitat loss, land development, pathogens, pesticides, and climate change. There have been many conservation efforts towards protecting pollinator communities in agricultural areas, but questions still remain about how best to do so. Learn about examples of conservation efforts in North Carolina and how the pollinator community responds.
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture - Architects of Abundance: Indigenous Regenerative Land Management and the Excavation of Hidden History
Dr. Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her research focuses on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations gardened large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans. Contrary to popular belief, Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today. Whether it's periodically burning grassland ecosystems with low severity fires to maintain habitat for deer, buffalo, antelope, etc, or building intertidal rock walls that catch sediment and warmer waters to expand clam habitat, native people have a number of innovative strategies for scaling habitat for edible plants and animals whom they often view as relatives. Her work translates this poorly understood history to the Western world and highlights the connection between Indigenous land ethics, decolonial narratives, carbon sequestration, biodiversity augmentation, anthropogenic habitat expansion, and regional ecosystems connectivity. These success of the systems is believed to be due to their underlying value system of respect, reverence, responsibility and reciprocity.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Climate Resiliency and Native Foodways with Dr. Alexandra Lawrence
Engaging with Indigenous knowledge to re-establish sustainable practices is an essential part of a transition to a just climate future. Hear from Dr. Lawrence about one such project, Amani akateka, which seeks to reestablish traditional cultivation practices on an Indigenous-owned land parcel within the Yesah ancestral homelands.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A Conversation Between Collaborators: The Weeds and Botanical Art - Hybrid
Author Katy Simpson Smith and botanical artist Kathy Schermer-Gramm discuss Simpson Smith's new novel, The Weeds, a story of love, survival, revenge, and botany set in the surprisingly verdant Roman Colosseum. Schermer-Gramm provided the art for the book, in the form of twelve eerily beautiful botanical illustrations. Now, the two speak on their creative practices, their collaboration, and all things plants.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hybrid Special Arbor Day Lecture, celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Coker Arboretum featuring Dr. Peter White - The World of Trees
Join the Garden and Dr. Peter White, former Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Professor of Biology (Emeritus) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a special lecture celebrating trees in all their diversity of forms and ecological roles and, more particularly, in celebration of Arbor Day and the 120th anniversary year of the Coker Arboretum. In 2022, Peter White, as a member of a four-person team, published The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth’s Forest Ecosystems (Princeton University Press), recently named recipient of the Outstanding Reference Book of the last year by the American Library Association and presented with the PROSE Award for Environmental Science by the American Association of Publishers.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Climate Change and Biodiversity: How Will Plants and Animals Respond?
Global climate change is altering earth’s biodiversity in myriad ways. We will discuss how plants and animals are responding to recent climate change, how we can predict their future responses, and how our policy choices now can affect future climates and biodiversity in 2100.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: The Flora of the Southeast Web App
For nearly 20 years, the herbarium has produced a print and pdf flora of the southeastern United States, a guide to keying out plant species across 25 states. In the last year, we've transformed this valuable resource into a web app with dynamic keys, photographs of species, quick searches by synonyms as well as Latin and common names. We've also designed a mobile app that further assists botanists with plant identification by narrowing down options using flower color, flowering month, geographic location, and other assorted bits of botanical information. NCBG herbarium associates Michael Lee and Scott Ward will present these two apps and how to best use them.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Therapeutic Horticulture: A Gateway to Healing & Connection with the Natural World
Who would you be and how would you be affected if you completely lost or had minimal ability to connect with the natural world physically, cognitively, or emotionally? How would it feel to live in a sterile institution, a hospital bed, or a body or mind that confines you to your own home or thoughts? We are all just an accident, illness, or a few years of the aging process away from being faced with these possibilities and millions of people are already coping with this experience every day. Therapeutic Horticulture is the professionally facilitated gateway that enables and empowers those who desire a connection with Nature to regain access and function within natural environments.
8:00 AM - 5/13/2023 5:00 PM
Hybrid Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture
The Hybrid Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture (HCTH) provides comprehensive online and in-person instruction to professionals and students in allied health, education, and design fields who wish to incorporate therapeutic horticulture into their practice. This nine-month program allows maximum flexibility for those who need convenient, self-paced, evening, and weekend learning opportunities. Students will build foundational knowledge and explore how Therapeutic Horticulture supports human health & wellness, including physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social needs.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer Program
The NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer program, a 50-hour classroom and fieldwork education program, offered by NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham and Durham counties, prepares volunteers for stewardship, advocacy, education, and citizen science projects with leading environmental organizations in the Triangle. This new program will begin January 2024, classes will be held on Saturdays once a month at locations in Chatham and Durham counties. A key feature of this program are the Impact Projects participants develop that integrate course concepts and benefit one of the Partner Organizations. These projects challenge the program participants to answer the question, “What impact can I make on our environment?”
1:15 PM - 10/4/2023 4:30 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist Master Course: Rendering Textures in Graphite with Rogério Lupo
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
A drawing done purely in graphite can by its very nature provide a spectacular result. But besides that, mastering the graphite technique yields us the tools for a detailed investigation of the subject by doing previous studies, so we can grasp the essentials of light and shade before working with other media such as colored pencils, pen and ink, or even watercolors. This workshop offers the fundamentals for that as well, but focuses specifically on the richness of textures found in nature with all their diversity, and how to represent them artistically either using only graphite on white paper or else graphite plus a light-colored pencil on toned paper.