Tribute Benches

A Wise Investment … Your Lasting Legacy!

Honor or remember a loved one or commemorate a special date with a tribute bench located in one of the JCRA gardens or along scenic pathways. Tribute benches provide a place of rest and contemplation for thousands of visitors. Stone and boulder benches are locally handcrafted from a variety of different stone materials and wooden benches are made from sustainably-harvested teak.   

Your tribute bench gift not only provides an additional seat for visitors, but it also supports the care and maintenance of our gardens, plant collections, and programs.  Tribute gifts support the JC Raulston Arboretum Endowment for Excellence.  This Endowment ensures that the JCRA continues to be a renowned public, research, and teaching garden with a strong and vibrant future.

Along with a 100% tax-deductible contribution receipt from NC State University, your gift includes:

  • An engraved plaque (see options below)
  • Stone bench maintenance for a period of 25 years
  • Teak (or other quality hardwood) bench maintenance for a period of 10 years
  • Recognition on our Donor Honor Roll published in the Annual Report on the JCRA Web site.
  • A Bench may be permanently endowed for a minimum gift of $25,000, and a formal NC State University Memorandum of Understanding will be arranged and signed. 

Stone/Boulder Benches ($5,000 to $15,000)

Plaque dimensions: 6” × 4”
Color: TBD
Mounted: Silicone and keyhole for mounting on small stone (placed by stone bench)
Material: Corian – engraved copy filled with dark green lettering (outdoor coating)

Designated by the donor

Teak (hardwood) Benches  ($2,500 to $5,000)

Plaque dimensions: 10.25” × 2.25”
Color: Glossy gold with black lettering
Mounted:  Four brass screws
Material: Gravoglas, two-plex, 1/8th thickness

Designated by the donor

For more information regarding these benches or other garden naming opportunities available at the JC Raulston Arboretum, please contact Alycia Thornton, director of development, at (919) 513-7068 or