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

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Gardening with Grains"
Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, Foodscape Consultant
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Ripple Effect: Combining Horticulture and Aquaculture Ecology"
Jeremy Schmidt and Meghan Fidler, Ph.D., Plant Delights Nursery
Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 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
"Woodland Treasures"
John Lonsdale, Edgewood Gardens
Saturday, January 18, 2020 – 10:00 am

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
"Hiking from Georgia to Maine: Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail"
Will Hembree
Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 10:00 am

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Pat McCracken, Garden Treasures
Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Gardening with a Bunch of Pricks—Hardy Cactus for North Carolina Gardens"
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 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
"Spring Alpines of the Spanish Pyrenees"
Todd Boland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, NARGS Traveling Speaker
Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 10:00 am

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
Thursday, April 9, 2020 – 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
"NARGS Fall-Bulbs of Greece Tour"
Cyndy Cromwell, Nancy Doubrava, and David White, Piedmont Chapter Members
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10:00 am

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 7:30 pm