UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale Friday and Saturday, April 18 - 19, at the McMillan Greenhouse. Hours are 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day.
"We all look forward to the energy of the spring sale, seeing members of the gardening community, students, faculty and staff, all getting excited about what they can grow," said Paula Gross, assistant director of the Botanical Gardens. "We love being able to share the world of plants in this tangible way."
The sale, a major fundraising event that supports the operation of the Botanical Gardens, will feature a selection of native plants and exotic botanicals, including wildflowers, shrubs, perennials, tropical plants, succulents and carnivorous plants.
In a joint press conference, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and UNC Charlotte announced a partnership for an annual reporting on homelessness issues spearheaded by the University’s Urban Institute.
The institute’s Point in Time (PIT) report, which contained results from January, showed a 17 percent decrease in the number of homeless individuals counted from the year before. In January 2013, there were 2,418, and in January 2014, there were 2,104. Ashley Williams, a data and research coordinator for the Urban Institute, Institute for Social Capital, and Eric Caratao, a social research specialist for the Urban Institute, co-authored the PIT report.
"We are especially grateful to Jeff Michael and his team at the Urban Institute who are helping us to collect comprehensive data and organize it in an analytical framework that will help us make informed decisions as we move forward," said Charlotte Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey at the press conference. "This important partnership is critical to the success of implementing our 10-year plan as we focus on achieving specific and measureable results."