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.

Raulston Blooms!

A Garden Festival for All Ages

Saturday, April 7 – 9:00 am–4:00 pm

What is it? Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats while supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum. We're rolling out the red carpet for members, home gardeners, families, and children by offering a day that's packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.






6:30 pm

More History of Gardening
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University








9:00 am

Renewal Pruning Class and Demonstration
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager

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Summer Camps

The JC Raulston Arboretum is excited to present its fifth season of Summer Camps! Campers grow their curiosity for everyday science and plant the seeds for a lifelong interest in nature through mysteries, exploration, cooking, and the arts.  Week long camps are available for preschool through rising 8th graders. Themes include a Mixed-Up Gardener and a trail of wacky mistakes; a garden inspired art show for families to visit; and, campers turned chefs who cook up recipes with vegetables they can grow. Make sure to register early so your family can be part of our camp family! 

Member registration begins on January 29. Nonmember registration begins February 12.

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