Gala in the Garden

  • Sunday, April 28, 2013 – 3:30 pm7:00 pm

$90.00 ($30.00 tax deductible)

Set in the Arboretum's beautiful springtime gardens, The Gala in the Garden—An Asian Reflection, will transport guests to the magic of the Orient. Upon entering the grounds of the Arboretum, guests will wind their way through the new pathways of the Asian Valley, the Japanese Garden, and the Lath House with collections of more than 700 plants, including many newcomers from Asia. From there guests will continue to the Gala's main event area for music, gourmet food and signature drinks, along with the highlight of the event—a silent auction where guests can bid on items from gardening gifts to one-of-a-kind plants.

Gala in the GardenProceeds from the event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden, open free to the public, and part of NC State University's Department of Horticultural Science. This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. (Tax ID# 56-6049304).


Sponsors are vitally important for the success of the Gala in the Garden. This is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year, and the proceeds directly support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public outreach, and garden displays. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to become 2013 Sponsor.

2013 Gala Sponsors (as of May 15, 2013)

North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.

Bayer Advanced
Pender Nursery, Inc. (Jim and Kathy Deal)

A. E. Finley Foundation, Inc.
Hoffman Nursery, Inc.
Panther Creek Nursery
Bobby G. Wilder

Ted and Linda Bilderback
The Brickman Group, Ltd.
Tommy Bunn and Ms. Terry Solovieff
Fair Products (Judi and Frank Grainger)
The Hamlin Companies
Jeanette Hyde
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Arthur Kelley
Frances Jane Meadows
The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
North Carolina Farm Bureau
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.
Worthington Farms, Inc.
Jackie and Johnny Wynne

The Bell Family Foundation
John Dole and John Buettner
Duke Energy
Rufus L. Edmisten
The Fire Place (Ruby McSwain)
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Han-dee Hugo's (Irma and Haddon Clark)
Jere's Landscaping (Jere Stevens)
Johnson Nursery Corporation
Cheryl Doyle Kearns
Melda and Bill Lamm
LanArc, Inc.
Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
Robert Lyons
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Plantworks Nursery
Anne M. Porter
Sylvia N. Redwine
Sampson Nursery, Inc.
Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink
Anthea and Russell Tate
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
Bill and Libby Wilder
Laura Willer and David Huffstetler

Special Gifts
Clearscapes, PA
Guirlinger Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
Robert Hayter
Mary Coker Joslin
Nadine Tope
Dora Zia

This brochure (link removed) describes all sponsorship levels and benefits. (March 11 is the deadline for sponsor listing on the Gala invitation.)

Silent Auction

A very special feature of the Gala in the Garden is the extraordinary silent auction. Featuring an eclectic array of unique plants and many other distinctive non-botanical items, the retail value of the auction exceeds $40,000!

If you wish to donate an item or gift certificate, please complete the Auction Solicitation Form and bring it by the JCRA, or contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or for more information. Your auction item is considered a tax-deductible "in-kind" gift.


To see photographs of last year's Gala in the Garden, please visit our Web site's Photography section.

Gala Committee

The Gala Planning Committee members are busy planning an exceptional 2013 Gala in the Garden. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to this dedicated and very talented group of volunteers.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Sandie and Mike Worthington, Worthington Farms, Greenville, NC

Event Chair

Sally Linton

Event Committee

Jill Adams
Jennifer Bernabi
Ted Bilderback
Celeste Brogdon
John Buettner
Pam Byington
Kathy Deal
Judi Grainger
Larry Hancock
Laura Harmon
Margaret Hoffman
Beverly Hurley
Jenny Ingraham
Cheryl Kearns
Barbara Kennedy
Charlie Kidder
Rachel McDowell
Judy Morgan-Davis
Anne Porter
Sylvia Redwine
Sarah Leach Smith
Jere Stevens
Mark Weathington
Jackie Wynne
Helen Yoest

Honorary Members

Frank Grainger
Nina & Jerry Jackson
Susan Woodson

Event Coordinator

Anne Porter

$90.00 ($30.00 is tax deductible).
Online registration (closed) is easy, fast, and secure. Online registration is open until Friday, April 19, 2013. After this date, you may still register until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24 by calling (919) 513-0264.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available along Beryl Road. Overflow parking is available at the Brickhaven Building. (Please mind the no parking signs.)
Please call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or for more information about this event.