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, Inc.
Thursday–Saturday, November 15–17 – 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tickets Available at Gate at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 15
Sold Out on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
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.
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
Holiday Wreath Workshops
Friday, November 30 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 1 – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 PM
Decorate your home for the holidays with a designer wreath that you made at the JC Raulston Arboretum! This holiday workshop will provide hands-on instruction and all the materials needed to create a wreath of your own, including a vast assortment of greens. Participants are also encouraged to bring items for your wreath that will showcase your personal style. Each participant is required to bring garden shears.
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other beverages as you make a wreath to decorate your home for the holidays during the evening workshops.
Full – November 30 – 7:00 pm
Full – December 1 – 1:00 pm
Full – December 1 – 4:00 pm
Register – December 1 – 7:00 pm
The participation and engagement of our community partners is essential for the JCRA to fulfill its horticultural and educational mission. We thank these supporters.