Gala in the Garden

Stop and Smell the Roses

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 3:30 pm7:00 pm

You are invited to "Stop and Smell the Roses" at the JC Raulston's annual Gala in the Garden on Sunday, May 3. The Gala has long been a favorite springtime event in the community, and this this year will be no exception. This year's theme, "Stop and Smell the Roses," highlights the Arboretum's newly installed Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden.

We hope that you will join us for a delightful afternoon of mingling with friends, bidding in an immense silent auction, relishing delectable cuisine, and enjoying all that the Gala and the gardens have to offer. The proceeds raised during this annual event directly support the JC Raulston Arboretum's daily operational budget. The Arboretum would not be the strong and vibrant garden that it is today without your support, so please register today and join us for the 2015 Gala in the Garden!


Registration is available online on NC State University Alumni's Web site. Tickets are $100.00 per person ($40.00 is tax deductible). Please contact Kathy Field Kathy at (919) 513-0264 or with your registration questions.

Gala in the Garden

Gala in the Garden
Gala in the Garden
Gala in the Garden


Sponsors are vitally important for the success of the Gala in the Garden. This is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year, and the proceeds directly support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public outreach, and garden displays. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to become 2015 sponsor. For more information on the levels of sponsorships, please review our sponsorship brochure.



  • Bayer Advanced
  • Hoffman Nursery
  • A. E. Finley Foundation, Inc.
  • North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.
  • Pender Nursery, Inc


  • Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. and North Carolina Farm Bureau
  • Bobby G. Wilder


  • John Dole & John Buettner
  • Redwine's Plantscaping
  • Worthington Farms, Inc.
  • Cynthia Cromwell
  • Sylvia Blankenship
  • Mark & Mary Weathington
  • Tommy Bunn
  • Mrs. Jane Meadows
  • Johnson Nursery Corporation
  • NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.


  • William & Gail Bunce
  • Irma & Haddon Clark
  • Bell Family Foundation
  • Rufus and Linda Edmisten
  • Gilmore Plants and Bulb Company
  • Eileen Goldgeier
  • Fair Products, Inc
  • Outfall Farms
  • Sampson Nursery, Inc.
  • Charles Kidder & Jane Wilhoit
  • Dr. Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar
  • Mike Young & Sharon Lavallee
  • Robert Lyons
  • Richard Pearson & Joan Robertson
  • Piedmont Carolina Nursery
  • Anne M. Porter
  • Rodney & Juanita Swink
  • Walt & Kathleen Thompson
  • Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company
  • Laura Willer Landscape Designs, LLC
  • Johnny and Jackie Wynne
  • Bill and Melda Lamm
  • Witherspoon Rose Culture

Other Special Gifts

  • John Schlitt
  • Martha Ashby
  • Wendy Boss
  • Vandy Bradow
  • Edith Eddleman
  • Gregory Poole Equipment Company
  • Peter and Sonia Murphy
  • Arthur and Jacqueline Warner
  • Lawrence and Sara Davenport
  • Annette and Rick Guirlinger
  • Judiann and David Wilkinson
  • Shannon and David Currey

Gala Committee

The Gala Planning Committee members are busy planning an exceptional Gala in the Garden. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to this dedicated and very talented group of volunteers.

Honorary Chair

  • A.E. Finley Foundation, Inc.

Event Chair

  • Anne Clapp

Event Committee

  • Jill Adams
  • Jennifer Bernabi
  • Pam Byington
  • Arlene Calhoun
  • Irma Clark
  • Kathy Deal
  • Judi Grainger
  • Margaret Hoffman
  • Larry Hancock
  • Beverly Hurley
  • Charlie Kidder
  • Lizzi Lathers
  • Sonia Murphy
  • Mark Weathington


The Gala in the Garden fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum.

$100.00 per person ($40.00 is a tax deductible gift).
Registration is available online on NC State University Alumni's Web site. Registration closes Wednesday, April 29.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available along Beryl Road. Overflow parking is available at the Brickhaven Building. Handicap parking is available in the JCRA's parking lot.
Please contact Kathy Field Kathy at (919) 513-0264 or with your registration questions and contact Jennifer Bernabi at (919) 515-6212 or for more information about the Gala.