Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution

Plant List Now Available

  • Saturday, October 8, 2005 – 9:00 am9:15 am

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants disappear in five minutes after the whistle blows.

Bring containers or carts to carry all your new plants.

Please bring your membership card. If you can't find it, we can check you in that morning using our membership roster. Family memberships and above are entitled to two membership cards (two people may participate in this event). Check in begins at 7:30 AM. Please arrive before 9:00 AM (preferably before 8:45 AM) to allow enough time to check-in.

If your membership has lapsed or you want to join for the first time, we will be selling memberships starting at 7:30 AM. The give away begins at 9:00 AM sharp. Please do not be late! In previous years, all plants have been given away in a matter of minutes. New members who sign up that morning are eligible for the plant give away.

Please contact Faye Koonce at (919) 515-3132 or send her an e-mail if you need directions or information about this event or any of our other programs.

Commonly Asked Questions about the JCRA Annual Plant Distribution

What plants are being given away?
Answer – Thousands of plants are being given away this year. Here is a list of the plants.

Are descriptions of the plants available?
The above list will include some descriptions.

What time are the plants being given away?
Answer – 9:00 AM (All plants are given away in a matter of minutes, do not be late.)

When does check-in begin?
Answer – Check-in begin at 7:30 AM. Please arrive early enough to check-in, preferably before 8:45 AM.

Will I need something to carry my plants in?
Answer – Yes, we recommend that you bring your own wheelbarrow, cart, wagon, etc. We have a few carts that we will happily lend out, however, the wait for these carts will likely be long. And, bring something to line your trunk too.

Who can attend this event?
Answer – This event is for JC Raulston Arboretum members only, however, we will be happy to sign nonmembers up before the give away.

I am coming from out of town, is it worth the drive?
Answer – We think so, however, the answer is an opinion that only you can determine.

Can I see the plants ahead of time?
Answer – Yes and no. The actual plants being given away cannot be seen ahead of time, however, you can look at the plants they were propagated from in the Arboretum. You can search the online Current Plantings database to determine the location of the plants in the Arboretum.

Is there a rain date?

When is the Annual Plant Distribution in 2006?
Answer – The date is not scheduled yet, however, it will probably be the first or second Saturday in October.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, all others must become members.
Advance registration is not required. However, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to this event to allow enough time to check in.
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Free parking is available at along Beryl Road. Please do not park in the areas marked no parking.
Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this event.