Raulston Blooms!

A Garden Festival for All Ages

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 10:00 am4:00 pm

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 – access to exceptional unusual plants
  • 20th Annual Birdhouse Competition
  • Gardening talks – learn from the experts
  • Used gardening book sale
  • Educational displays and demonstrations
  • Hands-on fun for children and families
  • Invited artists and crafters
  • Food trucks and NC State Howling Cow ice cream cups
insect education display
insect education display
arts and crafts for sale
birdhouse in competition

Members-only Preview Sale

JCRA members get first access. Shop the sale Friday night before it opens to the public at Raulson Blooms!

Not a member? Join today.

Schedule of Events

10:00 am
All Activities Open
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale – 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, Howling Cow Ice Cream, and Used Book Sale – Ruby C. McSwain Education Center
11:00 am
Danielle Hochstetter Tea 101 – "Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Afraid to Ask" – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
12:00 pm
JCRA Staff and Friends – "Horticulture Hour—Special Raulston Blooms! Edition – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
1:00 pm
Bryce Lane – "Spring Gardening Tips—Special Raulston Blooms! Edition" – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
2:00 pm
Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D. – "Let Talk Pollinator Gardening" – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
4:00 pm
All Activities Conclude

Plant Sales

Dirtbag Gardens
Pine Knot Farms
Superior Plants Nursery
Raleigh Paw Paw


Bonsai Bottles
Cedar Works by Frank
Grand Cru Tea
Katie Brooks Art
Nancy Enloe Prints
That's Nature's Way

Food Trucks

Arepa Culture NC
Hollywood Taco Shop
The Redneck BBQ Lab

Educational Displays and Demonstrations

Bluebirders of Wake County
Entomology Graduate Student Association at NC State
Five County Beekeepers Association
Herpetology Club at NC State
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Toward Zero Waste
Wake Audubon

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 Birdhouse 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.
Please call (919) 515-3132 or e-mail jcra-events@ncsu.edu for more information about this event.