JCRA Arborfest

Sponsored by the Wake County Extension Service, the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, and the JCRA

  • Saturday, September 15, 2007 – 10:00 am3:00 pm

Bring the family to the Arboretum and learn about new plants for your garden, rain gardens, composting, turf, tree care and planting, and other timely garden topics from NC State faculty, Wake County Master Gardeners, and other professionals.

Keynote Presentations

"Stormwater Goes Green"
10:00 AM
Bill Hunt, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

"Great Landscape Plants for Clay Soils"
2:00 PM
Bryce Lane, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University and "In the Garden with Bryce Lane"

Speakers in the Garden

11:30 AM, 12:30 AM, 1:00 PM, and 1:30 PM

Children's Garden Plants – Liz Driscoll, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Rain Gardens – Helen Kraus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Composting – Lucy Bradley, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Tree Care and Planting – Guy Meilleur, Better Tree Care
Blue Moon Garden Design and JCRA VolunteerChickens – The Real Poop – Bob Davis,
Turf – Charles Peacock, Crop Science, NC State University

Tours in the Garden

11:00 AM and 12:00 PM

Bedding Plant Trials – Denny Werner, JC Raulston Arboretum
Perennial Border – Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum
Scree Garden – Tim Alderton, JC Raulston Arboretum

Informational Booths

Carolina Gardener
Gardeners of Wake County
JC Raulston Arboretum (Grass-roots Master Plan, Membership, and Apparel)
Raleigh Garden Club
Raleigh Rose Society,
Triangle Camellia Society
Wake County Extension Service/Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Plant Clinic

A Master Gardener "Plant Clinic" will be on site to answer all of your gardening questions.

Youth Activities

The Wake County Junior Master Gardener program, hosted by Carol Norden and several other Master Gardener volunteers, will be providing several activities for children and their families.

Plant and Craft Sales

If you are looking for a unique plant or item for your garden or home or are looking for a great gift, check out the vendors at this year's Arborfest. Each of the vendors will be sharing part of their proceeds with the JC Raulston Arboretum.

This year's vendors include:

Camellia Forest Nursery – camellias and other uncommon plants
Happy Hollow Farm – perennials
JC Raulston Arboretum – rare and unique plants from the Arboretum
Lasting Impressions – concrete art
Nature's Art – botanical illustrations
Pine Knot Farms – perennials
The Unique Plant – hard-to-find or unusual trees, dwarf conifers, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses

Lunch and Refreshments

Bring your own lunch to Arborfest or enjoy the hot dogs, sausages, snacks, and drinks available for purchase at Jonesy's Concessions and Catering's food cart.


Numerous planted pots are being given away during the JCRA Arborfest. Tickets are available at the JCRA membership table and are free. The raffle is courtesy of Campbell Road Nursery and the JCRA volunteers.


View the JCRA Arborfest's program (removed) or pick on up the day of the event.

Advance registration is not available.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum, along Beryl Road, and at the Brickhaven Building.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this event.