Garden Buds

New Date! Rescheduled due to weather

"Red Hearts"

  • Friday, February 21, 2014 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your Garden Bud friends. We will explore all things red and heart shaped in the garden!

Garden Buds is a hands-on, seasonal theme program for preschool aged children. In each session, Garden Buds will discover a garden theme through hands-on activities, creative art projects, stories, and a snack. Parents and caregivers are requested to stay with their children during the program.

Garden Buds Program is suggested for ages three to five year olds.

Here's sample schedule of a typical program:
10:00 am to 10:10 am: Investigation station
10:10 am to 10:25am: Welcome song and theme of the day
10:25 am to 10:45 am: Craft project
10:45 am to 11:00am: Make a garden snack
11:00 am to 11:15 am: Story and snack time
11:15 am to 11:25 am: Garden walk
11:25 am to 11:30 am: Good-bye song

Wondering what to bring or how to dress?

Please bring a reusable cup for snack time to help us reduce the amount of trash our program generates. If your child has food allergies, please make a special note about that on the registration form or make it known when registering.

Please dress for the weather as try to walk in the gardens during each class. If it is raining, we will stay indoors. Some crafts can be messy, so be prepared for the occasional spill or splatter.

Ages three to five with caregiver.
$10.00 per child for Friends of the Arboretum, $12.00 per child for all others.
Advance registration is required. Space is limited. Please register by contacting Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011. Registration fees cover each child and caregiver pair and all supplies needed for the program.
Although we understand that unexpected things happen, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to event will not receive a refund.
Ruby McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.