40th Anniversary Throwback Tour
The NCSU Arboretum developed to serve as a resource for professionals in the green industry, students, and the public. The search for new plants for the green industry soon led to new extremes when a cooperative relationship developed with Yucca Do Nursery in Texas. Up until that point, Mexico and the southwestern United States seemed to offer little promise as a source for plants adaptable to the Piedmont of North Carolina. Soon, plants were shared and joint collecting trips to Mexico in 1992 and 1993 were conducted. Many outstanding novel plants, previously unused in our local landscapes, were brought back and have proved to grow very successfully in a wide range of conditions.
Today, a scroll through the Xeric Garden and Scree Garden will give you a taste of just how many Mexican and southwestern plants can be used in our landscape today.
Collecting Trips to Mexico
Collecting trip in the Mexican mountains with Carl Schoenfeld and John Fairey in January 1992.
J. C. Raulston with an agave flower stalk during the 1992 Mexican Expedition. Securing plant presses to the roof of the car.
Early Southwestern Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum.