In the heart of North Carolina lies the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation garden operated by UNC that is devoted to protecting native plant life. The botanical garden is also the site of one of the most anticipated events for some Chapel Hill artists.
An annual occurrence, Sculpture in the Garden has been open each fall since 1988, the botanical garden’s Communications and Exhibits Coordinator Emily Oglesby said.
The mission of the show is to bring the work of North Carolina artists to the botanical garden.
“We put out a call for entries in the spring, and we try to be as inclusive as we can, so there’s a really wide variety of pieces and artists,” Oglesby said.
Sculpture in the Garden opened on Sept. 13 and will run until Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. While the show is free, donations are welcome.
As for COVID-19 regulations, the botanical garden has three rules.
“Check yourself for COVID symptoms before you come,” Oglesby said. “If you are experiencing symptoms, please don’t come.”
The two other regulations, Oglesby explained, are to bring a cloth face covering in the event that one comes into contact with others, and to keep distance between other visitors.
Since the water fountains are currently closed, visitors may want to bring their own drink, Oglesby added.