A Garden Festival for All Ages
- Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 10:00 am–4:00 pm
What is it? Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats while supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum. We're rolling out the red carpet for members, home gardeners, families, and children by offering a day that's packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.
- JCRA Spring Plant Sale – plus select guest plant vendors
- 19th Annual Birdhouse Competition
- Gardening talks – learn from the experts
- Hands-on fun for children and families
- Invited artists and craftsmen
- Food trucks and NC State Howling Cow ice cream cups
- Educational displays and demonstrations
Get great ideas for your home landscape from the experts.
Mark Weathington, JCRA Director
Frank Hyman, Hentopia Author
Matt & Tim Nichols, Mr. Maple
Jonathan Lelito, Ph.D., BASF
Spring Plant Sale
Gardeners love buying hard to find plants selected especially for our climate by JCRA staff. Members will save 10% on JC Raulston Arboretum plants only.
Members-only Preview Sale
Members can shop early on Friday, April 5 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Not a member? Join today.
The 18th Annual Birdhouse Competition, which draws entries in categories from age six to adult, is inspiring, fanciful, and fun! It's a perennial hit with everyone from serious bird watchers and nature photographers to school classes and scouts.
Children and Family
For children there will be exciting hands-on learning activities, garden crafts, and science experiences. Learn about bees, bugs, chickens, and more.
Jonathan Lelito, Ph.D., Team Leader, Insect and Plant Propagation, BASF
10:30 am – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
Frank Hyman, Frank Hyman, Hentopia Author
11:30 am – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
Matt and Tim Nichols, Mr. Maple
"Best Japanese Maples for the South"
12:30 pm – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
"Plants for the South"
2:00 pm – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
Proceeds from Raulston Blooms! benefit the daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Raulston Blooms! is sponsored by and fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).