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Event briefs

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June 4, 2007

N.C. Botanical Garden designs part of national exhibit

The North Carolina Botanical Garden helped create a special exhibition near the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., that will continue through Oct. 8. “Celebrating America’s Public Gardens: A Sense of Place” features displays from 12 public gardens on the Conservatory Terrace of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

The North Carolina exhibit takes visitors on a short boardwalk through a sample of the state’s native plant habitats, including a carnivorous plant bog, pocosin and pine savanna.

Planning for the exhibit started nearly a year ago. N.C. Botanical Garden staff members made several trips to Washington over the last two months to design and construct the exhibit using logs, small longleaf pine trees and other plants. To see photos of the exhibit and the work in progress, visit the garden’s website at

The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and the adjacent National Garden are open to the public, free of charge, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW, on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Further information is available by calling (202) 225-8333 or visiting

N.C. Botanical Garden contact: Laura M. Cotterman, (919) 962-0522 or

Health Sciences Library opens healing garden

Sam W. Hitt, director of the UNC Health Sciences Library from 1976 to 1986, was an avid gardener. On June 11, the medicinal plants garden that bears his name will open to the public.

The Sam W. Hitt Medicinal Plant Garden event will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard between the Health Science Library and MacNider Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

Nancy Easterling, education specialist at the N.C. Botanical Garden, will discuss the therapeutic uses of plants and library staff will offer guided tours of the garden, which is situated in five plots surrounding the library.

“We feel this is a fitting tribute to the memory of Sam Hitt,” said library director Carol Jenkins. “The garden connects the library physically and thematically to our neighboring health schools, by growing and displaying plants that have therapeutic uses. It complements the beauty of the library and invites guests and passers-by to stop for reflection or a closer look, and to enjoy the library both inside and out.”

The garden is being celebrated in conjunction with a special exhibit currently in the lobby at the Health Sciences Library. This exhibit, curated by Anne Wood Humphries, examines the medicinal and therapeutic impact of plants.

For more information:

Library contact: Susan Siegel, (919) 260-9749 or