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.

Raulston Blooms!

A Garden Festival for All Ages

Saturday, April 1
9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Bring your family and friends and join the fun at this year's Raulston Blooms! We'll have plants, bugs, bees, chickens, birdhouses, ice cream, invited artists and vendors, and incredible speakers.

Enter the 17th Annual Birdhouse Competition. This spring event reaches out to our members, home gardeners, families, and children.

Shop for your garden at the huge JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale. This year's sale includes three invited guest nurseries—Mr. Maple, Pine Knot Farms, and Superior Plants.

Raulston Blooms!

Birdhouse Competition

Raulston Blooms!

Summer Camp Registration is Underway

The sounds of play and laughter from summer camp fill the JCRA’s gardens all summer long.  Your camper can be part of our fun-filled summer camps if you register now!  Sign your child up for a summer of exploring the gardens, solving mysteries, cooking up healthy treats from fresh produce, or creating artwork inspired by the gardens.

Make sure that your child spends time this summer digging deep into the environment.  Their time in our gardens will be the start to a lifelong love of nature!

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6:30 pm

Introduction to Insect Identification: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy
John Meyer, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology, NC State University





10:00 am–6:00 pm

17th Annual Birdhouse Competition

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Help Put JC Raulston Arboretum in the Spotlight

JCRA's Moonlight in the Garden event opened our eyes to the growth potential of having events after dark. We would like you to join our initiative to bring permanent landscape lighting and improvements to one of the South's great gardens.

Landscape lighting is an investment in the Arboretum's future—and the future of gardening. We've included a list of improvements that will help attract more rental opportunities at our gardens and the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Facilities rentals are the greatest source of revenue for the JCRA's programs. Please consider helping us make them a reality.

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