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.

Entry Garden and sign

Support a Part-time Registrar … $18,000

In 2017, the JCRA offered 315 programs and we will surpass that number in 2018. We provide impactful educational experiences for so many different groups from pre-school children to retirees and from professional horticulturists to first-time gardeners. A gift to support a part-time registrar will enable our staff to continue to grow programming and provide an even greater impact.

auditorium chairs

The Necessary Retaining Wall … $10,000

The area around The Necessary is well-traveled and highly visible to visitors. We’d like to replace the retaining walls with real stone and renovate the beds surrounding The Necessary.

stone wall

Lighting Our Parking Lot Entrance … $6,500

We’ve been steadily improving the after-dark experience for people coming to programs in the evening. Our parking lot gate and sign need new lights in order to be safer and more visible after dark.

living wall

Add a Section of Fencing and One Brick Column … $6,000

We would like to continue the gorgeous fencing along Beryl Road. For every $6,000 we receive, we will be able to add an additional column and section of fencing. Due to the cost savings of doing multiple columns—for every four columns funded, we will be able to add a fifth.

party tables

White Folding Chairs for Outdoor Rental Events and Programs … $5,000

New chairs (200) will add that little extra appeal to our outdoor events to make them  even more spectacular. These chairs help generate essential rental revenue.

flowering lawn

New Blinds for the York Auditorium … $4,500

We’ve replaced the carpets, wall coverings, and operable partition walls. Now we need to replace our blinds so they can once again be raised to show off the garden views but then reliably be lowered to block light as needed.

festoon lighting

Two Eco-Counters … $3,250 for Two

The JCRA is open and free to the public seven days a week. Many people enjoy our open gate policy but we have difficulty knowing exactly how many people we are serving. In collaboration with NC State's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, we need to purchase two Eco-Counters to tally the guests coming through our gates.

summer 2017 interns

Staff Travel to the American Public Gardens Association Annual Meeting … $2,500 Per Staff Member

JCRA staff have presented at nearly every APGA annual conference for the past decade.  Please support presenting staff members at this year's meeting in Washington, D.C. as they connect with peers and share ideas. Your support will make our outstanding staff extraordinary.

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 Lisa Meares at (919) 515-1139 or lameares@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.