Raulston Blooms!


A Garden Festival for All Ages

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 10:00 am4:00 pm


Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel Raulston Blooms! for the safety of all our members and guests. The plant sale will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

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.


insect education display
insect education display
arts and crafts for sale
birdhouse in competition

Members-only Preview Sale

JCRA members can shop early in addition to the 10% discount on JC Raulston Arboretum plants. A plant list of JCRA plants will be available closer to event date.

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Schedule of Events

10:00 am
All Activities Open
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale – Great Lawn
Superior Plants Nursery, Pine Knot Farms, Mr. Maple, Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery, and Garden Treasures – Great Lawn
Educational Displays and Demonstrations – Great Lawn
Artists and Crafters – Great Lawn
Food Trucks – Great Lawn
Family Fun Scavenger Hunt – The Yurt
20th Annual Birdhouses and Beyond Competition, Howling Cow Ice Cream, and Used Book Sale – Ruby C. McSwain Education Center
10:30 am
Garden Talk
11:30 am
Garden Talk
12:30 pm
Garden Talk
2:00 pm
Garden Talk
4:00 pm
All Activities Conclude

Educational Displays and Demonstrations

Entomology Graduate Student Association (NC State University)
Herpetology Club at NC State
Wake County Extension Master Gardener Composting Volunteers
Wake Audubon
Bluebirders of Wake County, North Carolina
Leaf & Limb
Five County Beekeepers Association
BASF (Pollinators and Monarchs)
Wake County 4-H
Garden Clubs of North Carolina

Plant Sales

JC Raulston Arboretum*
Superior Plants Nursery
Pine Knot Farms
Mr. Maple
Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery
Garden Treasures

*Members receive a 10% discount on plants purchased from the JCRA on Friday or Saturday, April 3 or 4.

Plant Sale Pre-orders

Mr. Maple and Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery are accepting pre-orders via their Web sites. Your orders will be brought to the JC Raulston Arboretum and available pickup during Raulston Blooms! Avoid the shipping fees by following the instructions below.

Mr. Maple

Enter and apply JCRAPICKUP (all capital letters) as the discount code to waive your shipping fee.

Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery

Enter your name and address in the shipping information section, select "In-store pick-up Only," and enter "JCRA Pickup" in the shipping-pickup notes section.

Arts and Crafts

Artisanal Jewelry and Goods by Kate Wiegand
Cedar Works by Frank
Mary Jo's Studio
Katie Brooks Art
That's Nature's Way
Whimsical Mushrooms by Kim Anderson

Food Trucks

Arepa Culture

Proceeds from Raulston Blooms! benefit the daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. All funds raised at Raulston Blooms! are collected and managed by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).

Free for members and college students with college identification, $5.00 for nonmembers, $10.00 per family. Admission includes admission to the 20th Annual Birdhouses and Beyond Competition and JCRA Plant Sale, too. The last tickets will be sold at 3:30 pm.
Tickets for Raulston Blooms! are available the day of the event at the entrance to the JC Raulston Arboretum.
This event is rain or shine and all ticket sales are final.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available along Beryl Road and in the Brickhaven Building's parking lot.
Please call (919) 515-3132 or e-mail jcra-events@ncsu.edu for more information about this event.