Raulston Blooms! and Plant Sale

A Garden Festival for All Ages

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 10:00 am3:00 pm

Come kick off the spring season at Raulston Blooms! The garden will be packed with nature inspired activities, a makers market, food trucks, and outdoor fun for everyone to enjoy.

Raulston Blooms flower logo



insect education display
arts and crafts for sale
birdhouse in competition

Schedule of Events

10:00 am
All Activities Open
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale – Great Lawn
Educational Displays and Demonstrations – Great Lawn, The Nook
Artists and Crafters – Great Lawn
Food Trucks – Great Lawn
Family Fun Scavenger Hunt – The Yurt
22nd Annual Birdhouse Competition Showcase, Howling Cow Ice Cream Cups, Used Gardening Book Sale – Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

All Gardening Talks will take place in the Speaker's Tent on the Great Lawn:

11:00 am
Danielle Hochstetter, Grand Cru Tea – "Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Afraid to Ask"
12:00 pm
JCRA Hort Team with special guest Jim Putnam - "The Hort Hour at Raulston Blooms!"
1:00 pm
Jim Putnam, HortTube – "Underappreciated and Undervalued Plants"
3:00 pm
All Activities Conclude


Plant Sales

Our plant sale has a reputation for including hot new introductions, hard to find specialty plants, and our favorite reliable performers. Our horticulturists have been busy creating an amazing plant list including plants from greenhouses and nurseries around the country. This is a plant sale you don't want to miss!

Can't wait? There are three ways to shop the sale this year!

  1. Shop early during the Online Spring Plant Sale starting Wednesday, April 3 for members and Monday, April 8 for everyone.
  2. Members can shop the in-person sale early during the Members Only Spring Plant Sale from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, April 26.
  3. Shop at Raulston Blooms from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 27.

Whatever way you like to shop, there will be great plants to take home and enjoy!

We will be joined by these spectacular plant vendors during our Spring Plant Sale at Raulston Blooms! They will also be at the Members Only Spring Plant Sale on Friday evening.

Make sure to stop by their tents and find even more plants.

What is the Members Only Spring Sale?

During our Members Only Spring Plant Sale, JCRA members will get the opportunity to shop the sale early, Friday April 26, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It is our way of saying, "thank you for the continued support." We are passionate about connecting people with plants and love our plant-loving community.

Not a member? Join today.

Makers Market: Artisans & Crafters

Make sure to stop by to see all that these local craft vendors have to offer! You'll never know what treasures you'll find.

Food Trucks

Educational Displays and Demonstrations

Make sure to take a stroll through the Nook to explore and learn all about the nature and horticulture world.

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 identification (Student ID or Membership Card), $5.00 for nonmembers, $10.00 per family. Admission includes access to the JCRA Plant Sale. The last tickets will be sold at 2:30pm.
Tickets for Raulston Blooms are only available the day of the event at the entrance of 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. The JC Raulston Arboretum parking lot is reserved for handicapped parking only.
Contact the JCRA Events Team at jcra-events@ncsu.edu for more information about this event.