Past Exhibits: The Coker Arboretum: The First Hundred Years

April 9 - September 30, 2003

Gold Leaf (by Emma Skurnick)

In 1903 at the suggestion of Chancellor Venable, Dr. Coker, who developed the first Botany department at the University of North Carolina, the University began to turn a 5.3 acre bog into a "living classroom." The Museum exhibit will tell the story of this creation covering the Arboretum's beginning and rich history over the last hundred years.

The Coker Exhibit will feature tales of intrigue, descriptions of the botanical features, an annotated color rendering of the entire 5 acres, photographs, and didactic panels describing all aspects of the Arboretum's past, present and future.

The Coker Exhibit also included 13 paintings by local and regional artists through June 8th, to be featured in a book that will be published by the Botanical Garden Foundation. This book will be available at the Museum Shop in the fall of 2003. Please place your order to receive this very special book when published. The artists featured include:

Dorothy Wilbur Brooks - Natalie Crawford - Kristen Dill - Beverly Dixon - Margaret Hill - Tama Hochbaum - Marriott Little - Jennifer Miller - Pamela Pease - Katherine Shelburne - Emma Skurnick - Barb Spang - Sally L. Sutton - Patricia Young

Guided Coker Arboretum walks given by NCBG Tour Guides are scheduled at 11am on: June 21 July 19 August 16 Meet at the Stone Gatherig Circle. No registration required.

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