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 55 raised garden beds with over 100 flower varieties, an herb garden, a tea garden, a three sisters garden, vegetables, and gourds! Several citizen science projects are also ongoing in the campus garden, such as the Crown Bees Native Bee houses, the Great Pumpkin Project, the Great Sunflower Project, Project Budburst, and Bumblebee Watch. Our state registered apiary is buzzing with life since we have nine honeybee hives busy at work providing pollinator services! We have four native bee houses of different types and bumble bee houses too.

The UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary is a place to relax and enjoy nature, as well as a place to grow a sense of community with your fellow colleagues. You can volunteer in the UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary or attend events such as a garden tour or a honeybee hive check through the UNCP Serve site.

The Science Education Club members who love research, gardening, bees, and education, create products for sale from the UNCP Garden & Apiary such as honey, honey goat-milk soap, beeswax lotion and candles, and honey sticks. For anyone interested in the Science Education Club, please contact Dr. Rita Hagevik ( or Dr. Kaitlin Campbell ( 

We have research internships to study  plants, bees, pollen, flowers, birds, horticulture, and honey if you are interested. Some of these internships are in the summer. For additional information on summer internships and research, contact the following faculty members: Dr. Bryan Sales, horticulture and plant science; Dr. Martin Farley, palynology; Dr. Katherine Thorington, birds and mammals; Dr. Rita Hagevik, GIS and STEM Education; and Dr. Kaitlin Campbell, bees, pollinators, and insects. Summer research from 2019 were presented during the annual PURC symposium

Middle and high students can learn about pollinator ecology, the outdoors, STEM careers, and do their own scientific research through the Kids in the Garden Program. For an application and more information, click here There is a bee outreach booth that is taken to community events to educate others about bees and pollinators. To request the Campus Garden & Apiary team to participate in your outreach event by way of the bee outreach booth, please contact Rita Hagevik ( or Kaitlin Campbell ( Schools or school systems that would like to be involved in the UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary project or perhaps would like to come for a field trip to see the Garden & Apiary can contact us for more information.

For a downloadable garden poster, click on the link below.

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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