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.

Winter Symposium

"Where Design and Plants Become One"

Featuring Shannon Currey, Bob Lyons, and Elissa Steeves

Saturday, February 15 – 8:00 am–12:00 am

We're here to inspire gardeners and illuminate the relationship between gardening and art at this year's Winter Symposium. As one of the Southeast's top teaching gardens, the JCRA is the place to be for in-depth, educational gatherings which focus on current and compelling themes in horticulture. This year's symposium features three amazing guest speakers: Shannon Currey, Bob Lyons, and Elissa Steeves. Our speakers will be enlightening us on ways we can explore the artistic side of gardening with design secrets and innovative ideas.

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Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Gardening with Grains"
Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, Foodscape Consultant
7:30 pm




Photography Walk
"Photographing Holiday Lights"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography
11:00 am




Science Saturdays
Treasures from a Winter Garden
9:00 am

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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.

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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.