Connoisseur Plants

Connoisseur Plants are rare new plants or hard to find old favorites, and they are part of the annual membership drive to benefit the Arboretum's many fine programs and its day-to-day operational expenses. These wonderful plants are sent to those who join the Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum at the Collector, Patron, Founder, Benefactor, or Philanthropist levels.

Membership Level and Connoisseur Plants Given

  • Collector ($300) – 3 Connoisseur Plants
  • Patron ($600) – 6 Connoisseur Plants
  • Founder ($1,250) – 9 Connoisseur Plants
  • Benefactor ($2,500) – 12 Connoisseur Plants
  • Philanthropist ($5,000) – 18 Connoisseur Plants
  • Other membership levels (Individual, and Family/Dual) can be upgraded higher membership levels to receive Connoisseur Plants.

Join or renew your membership online. Membership payments must be received by December 31, 2024, to be eligible for plants distributed in March 2025. Qualifying members should expect notification of the Connoisseur Plants catalogs availability via e-mail in February 2025. Plant pickups and deliveries take place in March.

Connoisseur Plants Lists

Note: The distribution years listed here are the years the plants were earned. Members request the plants the following year.