The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.

Gala in the Garden and Rare Plant Auction

Join us on Sunday, May 6 for the Gala in the Garden and Rare Plant Auction. This signature event is designed for passionate gardeners, featuring rare and hard-to-find plants. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the JC Raulston Arboretum with wine, craft beer, and light hors d’oeuvres served on the lawn.

The highlight of the event will be a live auction during which a selection of very rare, very special plants will go under the gavel. Other collectible plants and garden items will be offered during a silent auction.







10:00 am

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
“All the Presidents' Gardens"
Marta McDowell





2:00 pm–4:30 pm

Groovy Gardeners
Badge Workshop for Junior Girl Scouts





10:00 am

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Community Gardens: Why They Are Valuable to Our Communities?"
Rich Woynicz, Wake County Extension Master Gardener, and Ruthie Wofford, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Capital Area Food Network

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Summer Camps

The JC Raulston Arboretum is excited to present its fifth season of Summer Camps! Campers grow their curiosity for everyday science and plant the seeds for a lifelong interest in nature through mysteries, exploration, cooking, and the arts.  Week long camps are available for preschool through rising 8th graders. Themes include a Mixed-Up Gardener and a trail of wacky mistakes; a garden inspired art show for families to visit; and, campers turned chefs who cook up recipes with vegetables they can grow. Make sure to register early so your family can be part of our camp family! 

The participation and engagement of our community partners is essential for the JCRA to fulfill its horticultural and educational mission. We thank these supporters.