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

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Saving the Spirit of the Forest: in Central Africa and Beyond"
Richard Carroll, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, September 23, 2019 – 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
"Breeding Better Perennials from a Gardener’s Perspective"
Hans Hansen, Director, New Plant Development, Walters Gardens
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 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
"Gardening Adventures in Great Britain and Ireland"
David White, Piedmont Chapter Member
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 10:00 am

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Composting Tips and Troubleshooting: Give Your Compost Pile a Boost"
Monica Gaal, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, October 28, 2019 – 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
"The Wildflowers of Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician, JC Raulston Arboretum
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 10:00 am

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
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Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 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
Will Hembree
"Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail"
Saturday, February 8, 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
"Spring Alpines of the Spanish Pyrenees"
Todd Boland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, NARGS Traveling Speaker
Saturday, March 21, 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
"NARGS Fall-Bulbs of Greece Tour"
Cyndy Cromwell, Nancy Doubrava, and David White, Piedmont Chapter Members
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10:00 am