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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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York Auditorium in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

Modernize Room 109 in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center… $40,000 (Funded)

We are successfully serving a larger audience through our online programming and events. Installing advanced technology and immersive cameras will help us serve our community, on-site and remotely, as well as allow us to connect with gardeners all over the world.

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Five Water Bottle Fillers … $26,000 (One Station Funded)

As part of our goal to eliminate waste at the JCRA, we wish to install water bottle filling stations that encourage the use of reusable containers. Three heavy-duty outdoor fountains will be placed in well-visited areas. Two fountains will be placed indoors to update the existing water fountains.

Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden with view of the Yurt

Metal Arbor Screen … $15,000

The Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden serves as a beautiful, intimate setting for weddings, celebrations, and photo sessions. A decorative metal screen will be placed between the Children's Program Yurt and the Rose Garden. The arbor screen will provide a space for growing vines and serve as a focal point within the confines of the rose garden.

Tim Alderton and Chris Glenn presenting a midweek program outdoors with mobile computer station

Three Computers and One Stylus … $9,000

Enhancing the technology at the Arboretum will equip our staff with the tools they need to further the mission of the JCRA. Two laptop computers will be used by the education department. An additional laptop will have touch screen ability and a stylus to be used for database and plant record updates.

Gator and golf cart along Perennial Border

Electric Garden Work Vehicle … $8,500 (Funded)

Continuing on our commitment to sustainability, we have been transitioning many of our tools to electric instead of gas. One of our current gas-powered work vehicles can no longer be used and we would like to replace it with an energy efficient and silent running, electric vehicle. 

path through garden

Accessible Pathway to the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden … $8,000

We strive to make the JCRA as accessible as possible for all of our guests to enjoy. We continue to work towards that goal and would like to add brick pavers between the Great Lawn and the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden for our guests to enjoy.

view of the Yurt from a drone

Trellis over Yurt Deck … $6,500

The Yurt is occupied all year long by our youngest gardeners as it is home to our amazing Children's Program, which serves more than 4,000 students annually. Adding in a trellis with a framework to grow vines will help to provide shade, especially in the summer heat.

bench in garden setting

Benches … $5,000

A bench is a thoughtful way to honor a loved one, colleague, friend, or organization that has made a special impact on your life. Help us increase and update seating in our beautiful garden spaces for our visitors to enjoy.

Make a Contribution

Contribute by phone by calling Kathy Field at (919) 513-0264. For more information, please contact Carly Dressen at (919) 515-1680 or cadresse@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

Funds supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum are collected and managed by 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 our garden and programs.