North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

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“The Life of J. C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador”
Bobby J. Ward

Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

  • Saturday, January 20, 2024 – 10:00 am11:30 am

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When J. C. Raulston came to North Carolina at NCSU in 1975, he had already observed that only about 40 plants made up 90% of the landscape in the U.S. He vowed to change that and increase plant diversity in our landscapes, making "new" plants available to the state's nursery industry through the arboretum that he founded with some difficulty at NCSU.

The Japanese Garden at the JCRA

When he died in 1996, he had introduced 405 different kinds of 250 species of plants through the NCSU Arboretum, now the JC Raulston Arboretum.  In 2004, "Horticulture Magazine" considered him one of the 30 most significant gardeners and horticulturists of the past 300 years. Bobby will discuss his life, professional career, and some plants he introduced.

Illustrated caricatures of famous deceased horticulturists including J. C. Raulston

With bonus short-talk by Tracy Thomasson on "Critters in the Garden: the Good and the Bad".

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 to register:

In case there are any last-minute changes, please check your e-mail for any updates. Last-minute changes will be sent to JCRA Cuttings subscribers and to NARGS members directly.


NARGS meeting presentations are recorded and typically posted to the JC Raulston Arboretum's YouTube Channel the following Monday. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for updates!

Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5.00.

Advance registration is not available for in-person participants. Check-in is available at the door.

Registration for online participants available at

Online and in person at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Contact the JCRA Education Team at for more information about this program.