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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.

We're Hiring NC State Students

The JC Raulston Arboretum is seeking undergraduate students for seven open Provost Experience Positions (PEP) for the 2021–2022 school year. These paid student positions provide great hands-on experience with flexible hours. Most positions are a hybrid of in person and remote work.

The open positions are listed on ePACK and include: online programming assistant, programs and education assistant, marketing and communications assistant, membership and volunteer assistant, children’s program assistant (outdoor education), GIS student assistant, and rental and event assistant. Submit applications via ePACK or send résumé to kbwall@ncsu.edu.

Previous student workers have come from a variety of majors and do not have to love plants, but if you do, there's no better place to work!

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.

Events

Sep.

25

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Garden Story Walk
"A Grand Old Tree"

Sep.

25

Sat.

Sep.

25

Sat.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration
"A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
9:00 am

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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.