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 101 at the JCRA
"Fall Is for Planting—Getting Your Plants Off to a Strong Start"
Barb Fair, Associate Professor, and Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
"The Commuter's Garden—Plants to Appreciate After Rush Hour"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"Holiday Dinner Prep—Growing and Using Rosemary"
Mark Weathington, Director
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

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Herbaceous Perennials: What to Cut Down and What to Leave for Winter Interest and Wildlife"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Herba Inutillis, the Evolution of Weed Control Through History"
Thomas Packer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, November 29, 2021 – 10:00 am

Midweek with Mark
"Spice Trade—Where Do Your Holiday Spices Originate?"
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
"Plants to Cut for Winter Flower Arrangements"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Kathleen Thompson, Volunteer
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Sowing Seeds Now That Need the Winter Chill"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 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, January 13, 2022 – 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
"Native Plants in the Durango, Colorado, Area"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10:00 am

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 3:00 pm