Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Let's Talk Pollinator Gardening: Plan, Plant, and Maintain Successful and Beautiful Pollinator Gardens"
Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D., and Anne M. Spafford, M.L.A., Associate Professors, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Danesha and Anne will answer all of your questions about how to create beautiful pollinator-friendly gardens designed to welcome beneficial pollinators across the South. Combining up-to-date scientific information with artful design strategies, our information is accessible to gardeners of all levels. You will be confident that your garden, no matter how small, can play a huge role in providing the habitat, nourishment, and nesting places so needed by pollinators. We will cover everything you need to know plant and maintain a successful and beautifully designed garden so you too can be a pollinator champion.

monarch butterfly on dahlia

Book Sale and Signing

Be sure to grab your own copy of Danesha and Anne's new book (just out!). Subjects in Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats

  • cover USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9, including twelve southern states,
  • explain what makes pollinators happy—bees, for sure, and many others, great and small,
  • bring science and art together in gardens of all types, including urban, food, container, community, school, and large-scale gardens,
  • provide step-by-step instructions for choosing locations, preparing soil and garden beds, selecting the best plants, considering seasonality in your garden design, managing your garden throughout the year, and
  • much more.

Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats will be available for sale before and after the lecture at the JCRA.

Joining the Online Presentation

​This program is being offered in person as well as online. If you want to join us online, visit the URL below:

In case there are any last-minute changes, please check your e-mail for any updates.

Registration is not needed for the in-person program.

COVID-19 Guidelines

As part of NC State University, the JC Raulston Arboretum follows all of the university's Protect the Pack Community Standards. These can be found online at All visitors to the JC Raulston Arboretum must follow these guidelines. All indoor visitors must wear a face covering at all times while indoors.

Road Constructions and the State Fair

There is a considerable amount of road construction near the JC Raulston Arboretum.​​ And the State Fair starts on Thursday. To avoid the construction and the fair, arrive from the east and avoid Blue Ridge Road. There may be construction vehicles and personnel on Beryl Road near Interstate 440 as well.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available. Check-in available at the door.
Online and in person at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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