Gala in the Garden

Enchanted Garden: A Botanical Fantasy

  • Sunday, May 3, 2009 – 3:00 pm7:00 pm

Read the Gala wrap-up for post event details.

"Our Gala in the Garden has become a harbinger of summer gardening. The gardening community gathers to enjoy the Arboretum, visit with friends, bid on gardening gifts and one-of-a-kind plants donated from local nurseries." Ted Bilderback, Ph.D.

In addition to the silent auction, guests also will enjoy music from the Southern String Band and gourmet hors d'oeuvre, including a special dessert and coffee reception. Proceeds from the event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of NC State University.

In the garden is a GALA Party.
O Look! Connoisseur plants herbaceous and hearty!
The crowd dressed up in festive hats and threads,
They come to admire garden plants and beds.
And the favorite choices in the auction wait,
OH YES your bid was just great fate!
Such thrill, effervescence, green treasures swirl.
Like J. C.—you can Plan and Plant for a Better World!
teb 2009


Online registration (closed), provided by NC State Alumni Association's Web site, is open for the 2009 Gala in the Garden. Place your online registration by April 24, 2009. If you wish to mail your registration, please print the RSVP form and mail it to: JC Raulston Arboretum Gala in the Garden, NC State University, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522.

Sponsors (as of May 3, 2009)

North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Bayer Advanced
Pender Nursery

A. E. Finley Foundation
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation

Bell Family Foundation
Dottie and Bill Burns
Century Framing
Linda and Rufus Edmisten
Hawksridge Farms
Hoffman Nursery
Taylor's Nursery
Georgina and Dennis Werner
Worthington Farms

Ted and Linda Bilderback
Bland Landscaping
Garland C. Norris Company
Tom Gilmore & Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co.
The Hamlin Cos.
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Julia Kornegay
LanArc, Inc.
Robert Lyons
Outfall Farms
Pittsboro Place Partners
Anne M. Porter
RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)
Sampson Nursery
Richard and Jere Stevens
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company
Rosemary and Smedes York

Special Gifts
Catering Works
Chris Cammarene-Wessel
The Fresh Market (Falls of Neuse Rd.)
Harris Wholesale
Pennington Seed Co.
Sylvia Redwine
Southern String Band
Walt Thompson
Wakefield Nursery & Landscaping
Willowtree Landscaping
Wine Merchant & Kurt Saylor

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor (reply form included), please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or or visit (link removed) for more information.

Silent Auction

The 2009 Gala Auction was a great success, and you made it happen! Thanks to all the donors who not only gave these wonderful items and plants, but to all the Gala attendees who so generously bid on these items during the Gala or purchased items at the Gala Store on Monday. The auction raised $30,000 that goes directly to support the JCRA's daily operations and many fine programs.

Auction Item Donors (non plant items) (as of May 13, 2009)

A listing of all the non plant auction item donors and the items themselves is available in PDF format.

If you are interested in donating a tax-deductible item for our silent auction, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or or visit the link for more information.

Auction Item Donors (plants) (as of April 28, 2009)

Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery (Bostic, NC)
Architectural Trees (Bahama, NC)
Cam Too Camellia Nursery (Greensboro, NC)
Camellia Forest Nursery (Chapel Hill, NC)
Casey Nursery (Goldsboro, NC)
Clark's Liner Farm (Oxford, NC)
The Conard-Pyle Co. (West Grove, PA)
Cooley's Nursery (Wagram, NC)
Gary's Nursery (New Bern, NC)
Greenleaf Nursery Co., NC Division (Tarboro, NC)
Hawksridge Farms (Hickory, NC)
Hefner's Nursery (Conover, NC)
Hinnant's Nursery Landscaping (Angier, NC)
Hoffman Nursery (Rougemont, NC)
The Ivy Farm (Locustville, VA)
Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery (Avalon, WI)
McCracken Nursery (Zebulon, NC)
Nurseries Caroliniana (North Augusta, SC)
Oakmont Nursery (Siler City, NC)
Old Courthouse Nursery and Mac Farms (Warsaw, NC)
Panther Creek Nursery (Willow Springs, NC)
Joel Parlier & Associates (Statesville, NC)
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden (Colfax, NC)
Pender Nursery (Garner, NC)
Piedmont Carolina Nursery (Colfax, NC)
Plant Delights Nursery (Raleigh, NC)
Plantworks Nursery (Rougemont, NC)
Shiloh Nursery (Harmony, NC)
Specialty Ornamentals (Watkinsville, GA)
Spring Meadow Nursery (Grand Haven, MI)
Tarheel Native Trees (Clayton, NC)
Taylor's Nursery (Raleigh, NC)
Tinga Nursery (Castle Hayne, NC)
The Unique Plant (Chapel Hill, NC)
Dennis Werner, NCSU (Raleigh, NC)
Brian Whipker, NCSU (Raleigh, NC)
Williford's Nursery (Wilson, NC)

If you are interested in donating a tax-deductible item for our silent auction, please contact Mark Weathington at (919) 513-7009 or or visit the link for more information.

Honorary Chairs
Rufus & Linda Edmisten

Event Chairs
Cyndy Allison
Tori Callanan

Event Committee
Jill Adams
Cyndy Allison
Jayme Bednarczyk
Ted Bilderback
John Buettner
Tori Callanan
Kathy Deal
Rufus & Linda Edmisten
Carol Fishman
Judi Grainger
Larry Handcock
Barbara Kennedy
Charlie Kidder
Anita Kuehne
Marjorie O'Keeffe
Anne Porter
Chris Wessel
Jackie Wynne
Helen Yoest

The Gala in the Garden is hosted by The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Registration is available online or by calling (919) 513-3463. A downloadable invitation RSVP (removed) is also available.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available along Beryl Road.
Please call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or for more information about this event.