Gala in the Garden

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 3:30 pm7:00 pm

40 year anniversary banner

Join Us!

The JC Raulston Aroboretum has been blooming for 40 years and is still turning over new leaves.

Your support's always been the key to our success. Won't you join us for a celebration of all that's green in the land of Wolfpack Red?

The Gala is much more than an annual garden party. The proceeds raised each year are the critical unrestricted funds used for daily operational expenses, on-going research of landscape plants and to support vital JC Raulston Arboretum staff positions.

Your contributions directly help to keep the gates open, the gardens in top shape, the plant collections growing, and the educational programs thriving.

Online Bidding Is Now Open

RSVP – Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registrations are welcome on Sunday.

food service
food service
dessert reception

Of course, you'll also enjoy great food and drinks, a stroll around the gardens, and the chance to bid on a dazzling array auction items.

Thank you for supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University!

3:30 pm

Registration and Auction Tents Open

5:45 pm

Final Auction Tent Closes

6:00 pm

Dessert Social and Program

7:00 pm

Event Ends
Gala auction
Gala auction
Gala auction

Silent Auction

The JC Raulston Arboretum Gala in the Garden is the main fund raising event of the year, and the proceeds directly support its daily operations of teaching, research, public outreach, and garden displays. In order to receive an in-kind receipt for your donation an Auction Donation form must be completed, signed and given with the item being donated.

Silent Auction Non-botanical Wish List

Silent Auction Donation Form

New this year at Gala in the Garden we will be using a mobile bidding system (via mobile phone and other electronic devices). In order to use your phone we will need a mobile number. For those who do not have mobile number, bidding stations will be available the day of the event.

Online bidding is now live.. 

Gala guests enjoying sunny day
director greets Gala guests
Gala guests dance


Grow Your Business by Supporting North Carolina's Green Industry

We cordially invite you to be a sponsor and integral partner of our signature event, Gala in the Garden. Your contributions directly help to keep the gates open, the gardens in top shape, the plant collections growing, and the educational programs thriving.

Tuesday, March 1 is the deadline for sponsor listing on the Gala invitation.

View the list of Sponsorship Benefits.

Register online and become a Gala sponsor.

Got questions about sponsorships? Please contact Sonia Murphy at (919) 513-0637, (919) 609-7964 (cell), or

"Sponsoring the Gala not only shows the JCRA our appreciation, it also allows us to share its beauty, as well as the importance of NC State and its contribution to the nursery industry with many others."

Kathy and Jim Deal, Pender Nursery, Gala Platinum Sponsors

2016 Gala Sponsors

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to all our dedicated sponsors. Without each of you, we could not carry out our mission, providing a free garden and helping grow a greener world.

Platinum Sponsors

Bayer Advanced
Pender Nursery
Taylor's Nursery

Gold Sponsors

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden
A. E. Finley Foundation
Hoffman Nursery
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

Bobby G. Wilder

Silver Sponsors


Doug & Peggy Abrams

Bartlett Tree Experts

Irma & Haddon Clark

Keith & Margie Collins

Cynthia Cromwell

Johnson Nursery Corp.

Sec. Elaine Marshall and Tommy Bunn

Jane Meadows

The NC Agricultural Foundation

Walt & Kathleen Thompson

Worthington Farms

Johnny & Jackie Wynne

Smedes & Rosemary York

Bronze Sponsors

Sylvia Blankenship

Gail & Dean Bunce

Duke Energy

Rufus & Linda Edmisten

Fair Products

Eileen Goldgeier

Charles Kidder & Jane Wilhoite

Russ & Malissa Kilpatrick


Sharon Lavalle & Mike Young

Outfall Farms

Piedmont Carolina Nursery and Landscaping

Plant Delights Nursery

Sampson Nursery


Rodney Swink & Juanita Shearer-Swink

Tom & Amira Ranney

Anthea Tate

Mark and Mary Weathington

Dennis & Georgina Werner

Bill & Libby Wilder, Jr.

Withespoon Rose Culture

Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company

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 Friday, April 22.
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.