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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Moonlight in the Garden Music Nights

Tea Cup Gin – Saturday, November 7 – 7:00 pm
2Digh4 – Saturday, November 21 – 7:00 pm

It's November and time for a little Moonlight in the Garden magic. Sip a cup of hot cider, cozy up to a fire with your family and friends, roast a marshmallow or two, while you enjoy these two talented bands.

Each free virtual concert will stream on YouTube Premiere and Facebook Premiere (links below). The links for each performance will be shared here and through our social media channels the day of each event.

You are in for a real treat—both bands are debuting new material from the upcoming albums during our premieres.

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Plant Sale Buggy Now Open

Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Check out the Arboretum's Plant Sale Buggy the next time you're near the Arboretum. We're moving the cart outside our gates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm beginning on Thursday, July 2. Most plants on the cart are $5.00 and $10.00. Availability changes frequently and is limited. Payments can be made using cash (no change available) or checks.

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Plantsmen's Tour
"Keep Hope Alive: Winter Bloom and Other Plants of Interest"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
1:00 pm




Digital Photography Essentials Workshop for Nikon Photographers
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography
7:00 pm




Midweek with Mark
"The Colorful Life of Marianne North"
Mark Weathington, Director
3:00 pm

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Koten Engei Symposium

Saturday, December 12

Japan has had a profound influence on Western horticulture for the past 200 years or more. Many of our most popular landscape plants—azaleas, peonies, flowering cherries, hydrangeas, and so many more—were introduced from the gardens of Japan. In addition to plants, specialized horticultural techniques such as bonsai (which was itself introduced from China as penjing) and more recently ikebana have become quite popular in the United States. But perhaps the most uniquely Japanese horticultural tradition, known as koten engei, has never gained the popularity of these other art forms.

The JC Raulston Arboretum is installing what we think is the first koten engei collection on display in a North American public garden. Learn more about this Japanese horticulture tradition at the JC Raulston Arboretum's Koten Engei Symposium.

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