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.

An Evening with the Plant Breeders

Friday, October 2, 2015
5:30 pm–10:00 pm

Go behind the scenes with nationally recognized plantsmen who create, promote, and grow the hottest new ornamental varieties. Enjoy their stories and discover the criteria and methods they're using to introduce beautiful, noninvasive, stress-tolerant, pest-tolerant, and adaptable plants. This is a perfect evening for any plant lover or collector to learn what new plants could be coming soon to a nursery near you and how they got there. Enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres, good wine, N.C. craft beer, delicious desserts, and an auction featuring many rare plants with your friends and loved ones at the JC Raulston Arboretum the night before the Annual Plant Distribution.






10:00 am

Girl Scout Program
Daisies: Flower Garden Friendships





2:00 pm

Arboretum Guided Tour




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Fifty Best University Public Gardens

Best Colleges Online recently ranked university public gardens in the United States for their variety of species, education and conservation, awards and recognition, and connection to university degree programs. The JC Raulston Arboretum was recognized for being one of the Southeast's top teaching gardens, hosting lectures, symposia, and other educational gatherings throughout the year. There are a wide variety of educational outreach programs for the community at large, including family events, summer garden camps, and a merit badge program for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.