The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution

Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 9:00 am Sharp! – Check-in Begins at 7:30 am

The day many of you have been anticipating for a whole year is nearly upon us—it’s almost time for the long-awaited Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution.  This is the JCRA’s one-of-a-kind program where we freely give away thousands of choice and rare plants in a matter of minutes.  This year there’s over 2,500+ plants in the giveaway.  Check back soon for a plant availability list.

Annual Plant Distribution

Participation in the Annual Plant Distribution is limited to members only, so join or renew today and join in the fun on the first Saturday in October. Memberships begin at $50.00. In addition to admission to the giveaway, members enjoy free and reduced cost programs, plant sale discount, reciprocal admission to many other gardens, and many other great benfits.

Engraved bricks

Bricks are Back

An engraved brick is a wonderful idea for birthdays, anniversaries, holiday gifts, memorials, or honoraria. What a great way to honor or remember a special family member, friend, colleagues, or even a beloved pet, while supporting the JCRA's Endowment for Excellence.







10:30 am

Take a Child Outside Week
Garden Storytime





7:30 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Conifers in the Landscape—Thank You Dr. Raulston"
Tom Cox, Cox Arboretum




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Perennial Border and the Necessary at sunrise

Top University Gardens

JC Raulston Arboretum has been listed in the top ten of the "50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums."

The Web site Best Masters Programs ranked the JC Raulston Arboretum No. 8 of the world's most beautiful university gardens. This ranking is based on factors such as aesthetics, research potential, recreational setting, and creativity. Other gardens that made the ranking in North Carolina include Sarah P. Duke Gardens (No. 4) and University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens at No. 26.