Lunch and Lit in the Garden

Registration Closed

Wednesdays, February 2 through April 27, 2022 – 12:00 pm–1:30 pm (no class on April 13, 2022)

Who doesn't love a great story? Bring your lunch and listen to a classic read-aloud while you watch the Arboretum come alive this spring! Each week, we'll explore a different area of the garden and complete a nature activity inspired by the day's reading. Includes a little literary analysis, a bit of nature study, some artistic endeavors, science, geography and more!

Spring Book Selection

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A beloved classic, this is a story of rebirth as a result of the power of love. Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned and sent to her uncle's gloomy English estate. Her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects might actually be worse than hers! But when Mary finds the key to a secret garden, transformation falls within their reach.

Suggested for students grades 5 through 8.
$125.00 per student for the 12 week series.
Advance registration is required and available through our online eStore.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please contact Joy Burns, school program coordinator, at for more information about this program.