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.

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New JC Raulston Arboretum Director

Congratulations to Mark Weathington the new director of the JC Raulston Arboretum! Mark Weathington, a horticulturist with more than two decades experience, had served as the Arboretum's assistant director since 2007. He managed a wide range of responsibilities that included curating collections and writing grants. He began his career in 1991 as assistant manager for a private nursery, then joined the Atlanta Botanical Garden as horticulturist in 1996. In 1999, he became director of horticulture and facilities for the 155-acre Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia. A frequent and popular speaker, he holds bachelor's degrees in horticulture and sociology and a master's degrees in horticulture from Virginia Tech.







12:00 pm

Landscape Design Course
Landscape Potential: A Design Charette
Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator





1:00 pm

Plantsmen's Tour
"Winter Perennials"
Mark Weathington, Director





7:00 pm

Gardening Basics Course
"Using Science to Grow Better Petunias"
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

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Winter Symposium

Winter Symposium

"Stop and Smell the Roses"
Featuring John Dole, Bryce Lane, and William A. McNamara

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 8:00 am–12:00 pm

Take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy the beauty of plants during the JC Raulston Arboretum's "Stop and Smell the Roses" winter symposium. Learn to appreciate life's beauty through the power of plants with Bryce Lane, NC State University, and transform your knowledge of roses with John Dole, Ph.D., NC State University, and Bill McNamara, Quarry Hill Botanical Garden.

Online registration is open—register today!