Coker Arboretum Cool-Off

Aug 6 2014

by Catherine Hamrick

If you’re cruising through Raleigh-Durham, beat the highway heat by stopping for a stroll through Coker Arboretum on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. William Chambers Coker, the university’s first professor of botany, established this academic Eden in 1903. He loved East Asian species and added many throughout the 1920s and 1940s.

While attending school at UNC, I jogged many a mile through the arboretum. Every minute is worth the linger. It’s free!

Here are a few bright spots that entice.

The ultimate tunnel vision!


German shepherd pup on a bench at Coker Arboretum courtesy of Ildar Sagdejev,

Iris tectorum, Coker Arboretum, Chapel Hill NC,

Arboretum tunnel courtesy of Ildar Sagdejev,


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After a few years as a copywriter for the Southern Living Advertising Department, editor and writer Catherine Hamrick learned her craft in the magazine and book divisions of media giants Time Inc. and Meredith Corporation. She taught writing, literature, public speaking, and business communication at the university level. As a freelancer, Catherine has tackled "almost every topic but porn and physics" and has managed editorial projects or co-authored branded books for imprints such as Southern Living, Oxmoor House, Meredith Books, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Country Home, Midwest Living, The Home Depot, Ortho, and Lark Publishing. Certified in social media marketing, she coaches students and professionals in writing resumes, cover letters, and online profiles. She is also a ghostwriter—that is, a professional keeper of secrets. Connect @ChamrickWriter or drop by her blogs: Random Storyteller ( and Catherine Hamrick: Writer, Editor, Social Media Human (

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