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.

Southeastern Plant Symposium

Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13

Calling all plantaholics, plant nerds, nurserymen, gardeners, and horticulturists! We are thrilled to announce the second annual JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden Southeastern Plant Symposium. Join us for two very full days of plant lust as we host the best of the best to talk about cutting-edge plants. We've got plant explorers, plant breeders, nurserymen, and other experts for a two-day deep dive into what's new and exciting in the plant world. What could be better than great lectures and mingling with your fellow horti-thusiasts? How about a chance to get your hands on some of the most exciting plants during the completely mind-numbing, fever-inducing silent auction. This is the one garden event that you definitely don't want to miss!

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Midweek with Mark
"Araliads I Have Loved"
Mark Weathington, Director
3:00 pm




Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Canceled—Rescheduled for September 10
"How Trees Can Save the World—And What You Can do to Help"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
7:30 pm




Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
Canceled (Additional Class Offered on Saturday, May 9)
Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
10:00 am–6:30 pm

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