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.


insect education display
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, Howling Cow Ice Cream Cups, and Used Book Sale – Ruby C. McSwain Education Center
11 am - 1 pm
Garden Talks by Jim Putnam, HortTube and Grand Cru Tea, Tea 101 – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn
Speaker schedule will be announced closer to the event.
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 3rd for members and Monday, April 8th for everyone.
  2. Members can shop the in-person sale early during the Members Only Spring Plant Sale from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, April 26th.
  3. Shop at Raulston Blooms from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 27th.
Whatever way you like to shop, there will be great plants to take home and enjoy!

At Raulston Blooms, we will be joined by some spectacular plant vendors:

- Pine Knot Farms
- Superior Plants Nursery
- Pasour's Houseplants

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

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.

Makers Market: Artisans & Crafters

Capital City Cotton Candy
Everyday H2O
Grand Cru Tea
Imperfect Tense Pottery
Katie Brooks Art
Nancy Enloe Prints
Rimshotz Woodturning
Speedwell Art and Jewelry
That's Nature's Way
The Woven Bead

More to be added!

Food Trucks

Gussy's Greek Street Food
Levy's Jerk Stand
NC Bulkogi
Willow House Coffee

Educational Displays and Demonstrations

NC Bluebird Society
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Wake Audubon
NCSU Entomology Graduate Student Association
NC State Agroecology Club
Animal Science Club at NC State
Five County Beekeepers Association
Triangle Orchid Society of North Carolina
SOL Garden Club (Students for Organic Living)
NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer of Wake County

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.