Ruby C. McSwain Education Center Complex 10th Anniversary Celebration

Arboretum Closes at 3:00 pm for the 10th Anniversary Celebration

  • Friday, September 21, 2012 – 4:00 pm9:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 8:00 am2:00 pm

It's all about the plants, the place, and the people who made it possible!

Please join us for a weekend of celebration, nostalgia, JCRA history, and of course … remarkable plants!

Come and meet the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' new dean, Richard Linton, Ph.D.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21
4:00 PM – Registration, garden tours, and silent auction opens
5:00 PM – Lath House dedication
6:00 PM – BBQ dinner
7:00 PM – Keynote speaker, Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, presents "Hunter-Gatherer-Propagator—The Wonderful World of Plant Exploration"
8:30 PM – Live auction featuring specially selected plants hosted by Tony Avent

Saturday, September 22
8:00 AM – Breakfast social and silent auction continues
8:30 AM – A sharing of great moments with the entire cast of past directors and interim directors of the JCRA, hosted by JCRA director, Ted Bilderback. Featuring Robert Lyons – Do We Need a Change Order for That? ... Avoiding Head-on Collisions Between Plant Collections and the Hard Hats" and Dennis Werner – "Reflections, Redbuds, and Research" – with highlights from Bryce Lane and Kim Powell.
1:00 PM – Boxed lunch social

Event Sponsorship Information

Event Sponsors

Bobby G. Wilder

J. C. Sponsors
Catherine Maxwell and Ben Fewel
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Anne M. Porter
Kathleen and Walt Thompson

Friend Sponsors
Rosanna Adams
Custom Landscapes
Earth Graphics of Raleigh
Clara Flanagan
Sam Jones
Kathie Kalmowitz
Arthur Kelley
Melanie and Dick Kelley
B. Frank Lewis
Renz Landscapes
Sampson Nursery Inc.
The Office of Rodney Swink
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Rolla J. Wilhite
Libby and Bill Wilder
Ross Williams

Sponsors are vitally important for the success of this special 10th anniversary event. Proceeds directly benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum Endowment for Excellence, so please consider a tax-deductible contribution* to become a 10th Anniversary Celebration event sponsor. The flyer describes all sponsorship levels and benefits. If you would like to become a sponsor for this event, please complete the response card or contact Anne M. Porter at (919) 513-3826 or To be fully recognized in the event program and signage, please respond by September 1, 2012.

*Note: $50 per attending guest is not considered tax-deductible by the IRS.

Hotel Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Ramada Blue Ridge for $75.00 (single and double rates for September 21). The Ramada is located at 1520 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It's the closest hotel to the JCRA. For more information about the hotel, please visit their Web site. To make a reservation, please call (919) 832-4100 and mention it's for the "CGRUBY" group code and the "Arboretum 10th Anniversary Celebration" group block. Reservations should be made on or before September 11. The Ramada Blue Ridge offers a free hot buffet breakfast to their hotel guests.

Cosponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Friday and Saturday, $50.00; Friday only, $25.00; and Saturday only, $35.00.
Registration is available online via NC State Alumni Association's Web site and via snail mail. Use the response card to register by mail.
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please contact Anne Porter (919) 513-3826 or for more information.