Lectures

Learn from noted horticulturists and top industry professionals in our popular JCRA lectures. From new plant introductions, green industry trends, and exotic exploration trips in search of new plants, we cover a variety of timely, cutting edge topics that appeal to both home and professional gardeners.

Along with specially scheduled lectures, our monthly Friends of the Arboretum Lecture series covers the entire spectrum of horticulture. FOA Lectures are free for members and $5.00 for guests.

Upcoming Lectures

Midweek with Mark
"Cold-hardy Palms and Cycads for Temperate Landscapes"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Urban Gardening in New York City"
Scott Vonderheide and Daryl Yee-Giampieri, New York City Gardeners
Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 7:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"Plant Highlights of the Shade Garden"
Douglas Ruhren,Gardens Manager
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Cut Flowers from the Garden"
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Gardens Inspired by Gertrude Jekyll and the Cottage Garden Style"
Mariel Tribby, Missouri Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 10:00 am

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"The Colorful History of America's Plant Hardiness Zones, Including Our Zone 7(b)"
Thomas Packer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
Thursday, September 23, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D., and Anne M. Spafford, M.L.A., Associate Professors, Department of Horticultural Science
Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 7:30 pm

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Distinctive Texas Native Plants Ideal for Rock Gardens in the Piedmont"
Adam Black, Freelance Plant Hunter
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – 10:00 am

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 3:00 pm

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"A History of Crevice Rock Gardening"
Paul Spriggs, Spriggs Gardens Landscaping Company and President of the Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 10:00 am

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"How Trees Can Save the World—And What We Can Do to Help"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm