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.

Moonlight in the Garden

A Magical Exhibition with our Friends from Southern Lights of Raleigh and the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation

Thursday–Saturday, November 8–10 and 15–17
6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Preview Night
Tuesday, November 6
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Moonlight in the Garden returns this November with more lights, more nights. Food trucks, live music, marshmallows and fire pits—they're all back. Don't miss the only opportunity to experience the JC Raulston Arboretum after dark. We'll open our gates each evening for you, your family and friends to explore this nighttime wonder custom designed and installed by John Garner and his team at Southern Lights of Raleigh.

Limited Tickets Available—Reserve Early Online









2:00 pm

Photography Walk

Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography





9:00 am

Photoshop—Greeting Card Design

Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography

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Designers Preview Night

John Garner, Southern Lights of Raleigh

Wednesday, November 7 – 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wednesday, November 14 – 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Join John Garner, the master designer behind this incredible lighting event, for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion about the design concepts, techniques, and technology used to create this artistic display. This preview is only open to landscape architects and other lighting design professionals. Don't miss this up-close and personal opportunity to preview Moonlight in the Garden before it opens to the public on Thursday, November 8.

Register November 7

Register November 14

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