Wish List

Help Keep the JC Raulston Arboretum the South's Leading Teaching Garden

This list of improvements keeps our gardens relevant and enables us to attract more visitors and more rental opportunities. Please consider contributing to make our wish list a reality.

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

Entry Garden and sign

Transform the Parking Lot Entrance … $12,000

New plants and beds are needed around the main entrance sign and parking lot. This renovation will allow us to match the beautiful new pedestrian entrance with the parking lot entrance.

auditorium chairs

New Carpet for the York Auditorium $9,700
New Wall Fabric for the York Auditorium $9,500

Over the years, many different groups have used the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center for events and gatherings. As with any frequently used rental space, the auditorium is showing signs of wear and tear. The installation of new carpet and wall covers will enhance the rental opportunities and add value to the space.

stone wall

Renovate the Elizabeth Lawrence Border $6,500

Celebrate one of North Carolina's most influential gardeners by helping us build a low stone border wall and install plants inspired by her garden and books.

Photo is not an exact representation of the actual border wall.

living wall

Green Wall Vine System on the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center $4,300

Dress up the Beryl Road side of the Visitor Center with a stainless steel vine system for evaluating and displaying vines for shady gardens.

Photo is not an exact representation of the actual wall system.

Photograph by Rameshng [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

party tables

Program and Rental Tables $3,500

Outdoor tables are heavily used for both our education programs and our facility rentals. We need both 6' program tables and 30" cocktail rounds. 

Partial funding will allow us to replace some tables.

flowering lawn

Flowering Lawn Demonstration $2,700

Traditional turf is so passé. Help us install a non-turf substitute full of color near our geothermal wells by the parking lot. Perfect for pollinators and the out of the box gardener.

Photograph by Lionel Smith, University of Reading [http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/grass-free-lawns/rethinking-the-traditional-grass-lawn/].

festoon lighting

Festoon Lighting on the A. E. Finley Rooftop Terrace $1,600

Liven up NC State University's first green roof—a premiere spot for weddings, special dinners, and other occasions with festive festoon lighting on the rooftop arbor.

summer 2017 interns

Winter Student Workers $1,100 (four unique opportunities)

A work-study program funded by the Provost's office helps pay for four JC Raulston Arboretum student workers during the academic year. Your gift will help us cover the remaining portion of their salaries. These students work in horticulture, adult education, youth education, and marketing.

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

Contribute by phone by calling Kathy Field at (919) 513-0264.

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.