The Horticultural Therapy Demonstration Garden features award-winning heirloom vegetables and flowers varieties, while the Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden contains over 500 species of herbs in a variety of displays, including an Economic Garden, a Culinary Garden, a Medicinal Garden, a Poison Garden, and a Native American Garden.
The Mountain Habitat Garden features a variety of plants and trees found in the mountainous areas of the southern Appalachian mountains, particularly those which are found at high altitudes and can survive at elevations of up to 7,000 feet.
The Mason Farm Biological Reserve is a beautiful natural area of landscapes that spans 367-acre and features old fields and sites dating back to the before the Civil War, the most famous of which are the 65-acre ancient forested site and hardwood bottomland known as Big Oak Woods. Here, visitors can take in the majesty of huge white oak trees that are more than 300 years old.
The Native Plant Border garden features native perennials, shrubs, and small trees and the Native Water Gardens are home to an array of aquatic plants native to the southeastern United States, such as Pontederia cordata, and Nelumbo lutea.
The UNC Herbarium is a treasure trove of natural history specimens with the earliest collections dating back to 1835. The Herbarium features 750,000 natural history specimens that document the identity and distribution of plants in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.
Other special areas of the Botanical Garden include the Coker Arboretum, one of the Garden's oldest tracts, and the William Lanier Hunt Arboretum. Photo: The North Carolina Botanical Garden
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