Campus Garden & Apiary

In the campus garden, we work to grow plants that benefit pollinator species. We conduct research, educate, and involve the community. The campus garden is one-third of an acre in size and contains a managed meadow for native pollinators, a sunflower meadow, a state-registered apiary, and over 40 aboveground garden beds with a variety of species! Several citizen science projects are also ongoing in the campus garden, such as the Crown Bees Native Bee Community Garden, the Great Pumpkin Project, and the Great Sunflower Project. Our state registered apiary is buzzing with life since we have nine honey bee hives busy at work providing pollinator services!

A new club, called the Campus Garden and Apiary Club, has been formed to manage the garden and to work as a steering committee for these efforts. We are looking for new and excited members who love research, gardening, bees, and education. The campus garden is a place to relax and enjoy nature, as well as a place to grow a sense of community with your fellow colleagues. Joining the garden and apiary club does not require any prior gardening or bee keeping experience, just the desire to promote pollinator species and to try out your green thumb. For interested members, please contact Dr. Rita Hagevik ( or Dr. Kaitlin Campbell ( For a downloadable garden poster, click on the link below.

Article written by Hannah Swartz

Middle and high school students can learn about pollinator ecology, the outdoors, and STEM education, including hands-on scientific research, through the Kids in the Garden Program.  For an application and more information about the program, click on the links below.

Brandon Herron, faculty mentor Dr. Kaitlin Campbell, and Cody Eubanks (pictured from left to right)
Brandon Herron, faculty mentor Dr. Kaitlin Campbell, and Cody Eubanks (pictured from left to right)

Campus Garden & Apiary Interns Present their Research at 2019 PURC Symposium:

The 2018-2019 Campus Garden & Apiary interns have researched bees, pollen, and the benefits of pollinators. The interns have worked in the field and in the lab. Three undergraduate research posters were presented at the 2019 PURC Symposium, thanks to the hard work and dedication of both interns and mentors. In the future, other students will have many opportunities to also conduct research at the UNCP Garden & Apiary.
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