2020 – 2021 General Meetings

September 2020 – June 2021

Meetings are usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Time: 10:00 am

January 26, 2021
Margaret Pender:

“Compositions for the Winter Months”

Margaret grew up on a flower farm in Zimbabwe and came to America in 2004. She and her husband chose Chapel Hill as a place to build their new life and business and founded there the inspirational and successful Victoria Park Florist in the Timberlyne Shopping Center on Weaver Dairy Road.

Margaret Pender demonstrates effective and original ways to use the seasonal cut flowers of winter in designs for the here and now. Margaret will construct some of her signature winter creations. Questions welcome! Join us for an adventure with CHGC’s only Honorary Member.

February 23, 2021
Damon Waitt and Michael Kunz:

“Adapting to a Changing Landscape and Plant Conservation Programs at the NCBG”

Damon Waitt
Michael Kunz

Damon Waitt will update us on what has been happening at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) since the pandemic began.  Mike Kunz, NCBG’s Conservation Ecologist, will follow with an overview of the Garden’s plant conservation programs.


Damon Waitt is the Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Professor of the Practice in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Damon is responsible for overall leadership and management of the NCBG and for ensuring that the Garden fulfills its mission to advance the conservation of plants and create a sustainable relationship between people and nature.  Before coming to NCBG, he was Senior Director and Botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.  He is on the board of the Center for Plant Conservation and is chair of the Board of North Carolina’s Plant Conservation Program.  Damon holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in Austin, an M.S in Botany from Louisiana State University Baton Rouge and a B.S. in Biology from Tulane University.

Michael Kunz is the Conservation Ecologist at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  Since 2005, he has worked on stewardship of natural areas, curation of a seed bank for rare plants, and management of the native plant materials program.  Additionally, he researches and works on the reintroduction and recovery of imperiled plants throughout the Southeastern US.  Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His research interests are in population ecology, biogeography and conservation of rare plants.