Raulston Blooms! and Plant Sale

A Garden Festival for All Ages

  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 – 10:00 am3:00 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
  • 21st 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

Schedule of events and details about the gardening talks, speakers, plant sale vendors, educational displays, and more artisans coming soon.


Cedar Works by Frank
Grand Cru Tea
Mary Jo's Studio
Nancy Enloe Prints
Rimshotz Woodturning

Food Trucks

Crispy Goyza
Empanadas, RD
Gussy's Greek Street Food

Educational Displays and Demonstrations

Bluebirders of Wake County
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
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 JCRA Plant Sale. The last tickets will be sold at 2:30 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, NC 27606.
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.