Wish List

Help Us Create the Future of the JC Raulston Arboretum

Every gift—big or small—helps us make your arboretum a better place.

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White Garden's gazebo

White Garden Arbor … $15,000

The addition of an arbor on the south entrance to the beloved White Garden near the perennial border would define the entrance and provide an opportunity for another space for planting with exceptional sun orientation.

west side of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

Vine System on the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center … $10,000

The outside of the McSwain Center is ideal for planting vine support systems. These systems would add a new layer of beauty while also providing the added benefits of working as a natural cooling system and providing wildlife cover.

The Necessary

Improvements to the Necessary … $10,000

The area around the Necessary is well-traveled and highly visible to visitors. Along with providing this beloved Arboretum structure with a little TLC, we will update the surrounding garden and stone wall.

Perennial Border

Garden Irrigation … $10,000

A drip irrigation system for the Perennial Border would keep one of our most interesting gardens thriving. An irrigation system at the Children’s Yurt would help our budding horticulturists learn about effective water maintenance.

Perennial Border

Brick Column Fencing … $8,000
One Column Funded

We would like to continue constructing our beautiful new fencing along Beryl Road. For every $8,000 given, we will be able to add an additional section of fencing. For every four columns funded, we will be able to add a fifth for free.

Manooch Cascade with frozen water fall

Lighting in the Manooch Cascade … $6,500

The JCRA is heavily used in the evening for educational programs and rentals. Additional lighting to the Manooch Cascade would enhance the Arboretum’s main water feature and increase safety and aesthetic value to this popular photography spot.


Golf Cart for Children's Program … $5,000

The JCRA serves more than 4,000 children in over 100 programs. A golf cart would facilitate learning opportunities and aid in all aspects of the program, from picking up plants at the greenhouse to helping differently abled participants.


Garden by the Gate … $5,000

Thanks to our generous donors, we have a beautiful new gate and brick fencing on Beryl Road. Placing a garden here would showcase some of the Arboretum’s wonderful plants and serve as a means of visibility to attract new visitors to the JCRA.

Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

Add Steps to the North Side of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center … $3,000

The Sunken Garden between the McSwain Center and the Brick Circle is a delightful garden, but its path ends in a steep grassy slope. Steps matching the large bluestone pavers will connect the garden to the main path and create greater accessibility.

White Garden's entrance containers

Brookfield Pots for White Garden … $2,500 Per Pair

The White Garden is among our most heavily used and photographed spaces. The stone columns anchoring the walls need new containers more suited to the space. These large, broad pots are very suitable to the aesthetic and planting needs of this area.

Make a Contribution

Contribute online by visiting https://go.ncsu.edu/JCRAspecialprojects.

Contribute by phone by calling Kathy Field at (919) 513-0264. For more information, please contact Emily Bonner at (919) 515-1680 or eabonne2@ncsu.edu.

Contribute by check made payable to NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Mail to: JC Raulston Arboretum
Special Projects
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

Fund-raising efforts for the JC Raulston Arboretum operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit tax ID 56-6049304. You will receive an official receipt for the tax deductible portion of your gift. Proceeds will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum growth and expansion of your garden and programs.