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.

Fall Preorder Plant Sale

Thursday, October 7 – 12:00 pm – Opens to Members
Wednesday, October 13 – 12:00 pm – Opens to the Public
Monday, October 18 – 12:00 pm – Closes

What can you expect from our Fall Preorder Plant Sale? Spectacular plants that may not get the recognition they deserve. Choose from a selection of carefully curated plants for sale, including a variety of perennials, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees, pollinator favorites, and more. These plants are well-suited to thrive in Central North Carolina, and includes many propagated from our own collection. This sale includes some exclusive choices from longtime friends like Dan Hinkley of Windcliff. Many of these plants are favorites of ours, and some are fairly new! Pickups will be available by appointment on Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30.

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Fall Preorder Plant Sale Catalog

Moonlight in the Garden

We had planned, we had hoped, we had even begun purchasing materials but rising COVID-19 cases in North Carolina mean that we will not be putting on Moonlight in the Garden in 2021. While being outdoors is among the safest spots you can be, the possibility that the state, county, or university might limit outdoor gatherings again is too great a gamble for us and our partners. Significant investment in resources as well as staff and volunteer time are required for nearly two months before the event itself. You trust us to be wise stewards of your financial support and we simply feel this is not the most prudent course for us as the numbers once again rise.

We still want to see you, and, to that end, on September 14 and October 12, we will extend our opening time to 7:30 pm to provide the opportunity for an evening stroll through the garden. I'll be here along with much of the staff and we hope to see you at one or both of those dates to enjoy the garden in the cool of the evening. Both dates will have some fun extras including the kick-off of our Fantasia fall display in September and a plant sale in October.





All About Pruning: Theory, Tools, Technique, and Timing
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
6:30 pm







Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"Bulbs: It's Time to Plant"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
3:00 pm

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Garden Activity Kits

Garden Activity Kits are a great way to bring our monthly children's programs themes alive in your home while supporting the JCRA's Children's Program.

August's Garden Activity Kit: Summer Harvest

Right This Very Minute … a table-to-farm book about food and farming by Lisl H. Detlefsen; Art by Renee Kurilla. A basil plant (Ocimum basilicum 'Everleaf Thai Towers'), a packet of cool-weather garden seeds, and kid-friendly kitchen tools, including a cutting board and nylon blunt-tipped knife for slicing and dicing.

Garden Activity Kits are available in limited quantities and available for purchase in our online e-store.  Kits can either be picked up from the Arboretum or shipped for an additional fee. Kits for pickup will be available on an advertised date. If you can not pick up your kit on the set date, other arrangements may be made. Any kit being shipped must be designated as such and the additional fee paid at the time of order.

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The participation and engagement of our community partners is essential for the JCRA to fulfill its horticultural and educational mission. We thank these supporters.