Phased Reopening

The Arboretum is now (starting on Wednesday, March 17) open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. As part of the NC State University, physical distancing and face coverings are required at all times both indoors and outdoors.

We will continue to update our phased reopening hours as COVID-19 conditions improve, our volunteers and staff are vaccinated, and university and state of North Carolina guidelines are updated. Please visit our Web site regularly for current hours and updates.

Things to consider for your next visit:

  • Face coverings/masks are required at all times. Yes, even outdoors. This is a requirement of NC State University.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained. Please consider our narrow paths before visiting.
  • Water fountains are closed.
  • Restrooms are available in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and The Necessary.
  • The parking gate closes at 4:00 pm and the gardens close at 4:30 pm. All guests must leave by 4:30 pm.
  • We are accepting rentals that follow current NC State University and State of North Carolina guidelines.


Please read our photography guidelines. If you are interested in gaining access outside our current hours, we are offering photography packages through JCRA Rentals. Contact Alexa Ilijic, our rental coordinator, at

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.