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 Lighting Exhibition with Our Friends from Southern Lights of Raleigh

Moonlight in the Garden returns with more lights this November. 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.

Thursday–Saturday, November 7–9
Thursday–Saturday, November 14–16

Tickets go on sale to Arboretum members on Tuesday September 3 and to the general public on Tuesday, September 17.

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Arboretum Guided Tour
Volunteer Tour Docent
2:00 pm




Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"All about Weeds in Your Landscape: How to ID and Make Them Go Away"
Leah Dail, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
10:00 am




Photography Walk
"Visual Storytelling: Capturing a Sense of Place with Your Camera"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography
8:30 am

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Now Showing

Discover what's in flower at the Arboretum, plus other fantastic plant features that are not to be missed. Now Showing features curated collections of some of our favorite photographs.

Now Showing


Showtimes is your ticket to what's in flower at the JC Raulston Arboretum where there's always something in flower. Showtimes features a listing of every plant photographed this month (and other months, too) with a random set of photographs from our photograph collection.


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