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Thursday, April 23, 2020

(POSTPONED—new date TBD) UNC Botanical Garden Tour with Habitat Garden Curator Chris Liloia

(10:00 a.m.--plus there is a lunchbox talk at noon--sign up for that c/o NCBG)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Chris Liloia (photo by Johnny Randall of NCBG)

UNC Botanical Garden (photo by Chris Liloia)

Please note that although the garden is open, public programs are suspended until March 27th (not yet affecting this event—we will update the site if things change).

From Chris about the garden: We tend to think of the piedmont as a forested landscape, but historically, open glades and prairies were more common. These days, piedmont plants that need a lot of sun persist primarily along roadsides and right-of-ways. When the North Carolina Botanical Garden constructed our relatively new Education Center we had the opportunity to expand the garden’s collections around the new buildings and into the newly closed road that once divided the site. The corridor was converted into a series of beds that represent different aspects of piedmont flora. The open sunny tract presented the opportunity to highlight sun-loving plants of the piedmont.

Chris will talk about the creation of this new garden, from road bed to habitat, and hit on issues such as conservation and the benefits of creating a garden based on your local flora. She’ll also talk about the plants and the fun of experimenting with some familiar and many new perennials and grasses.

Chris Liloia is the Habitat Gardens Curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation garden in Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the care of the habitat gardens and other plant collections at NCBG and helped design and create a new piedmont habitat there. The gardens she tends represent plant communities of the southeastern United States, and display rare and common species in a naturalistic setting. She carries out controlled burns in the habitats to simulate a natural fire regime.

Prior to joining the NCBG staff in 2000, she worked in ecological restoration in NJ and in south Florida. She earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University.

Click on “Read More!” for the garden address and details about the Lunchbox Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair (noon to 1 p.m.).

Garden tour with Chris Liloia on Thursday, April 23rd, 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. at the UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (919-962-0522).

The same day, from noon to 1 p.m., there is also a Lunchbox Talk on Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair (register separately c/o NC Botanical Garden):
Redlair Preserve is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve.

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