JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, aims to introduce, display, and promote plants that diversify the American landscape, as well as educate visitors and provide a living laboratory for research.
It’s free to visit. The Arboretum hosts many events and activities. Some are free and some have a cost associated with them. The cost for many events is low, $5, and free for Arboretum members. You can see all of the events on the calendar.
The adjacent Plant Delights Nursery division sells more than 1,600 different perennials to satisfy even the most jaded gardener. Visit JLBG to see why keen gardeners from around the world plan their vacations to include a visit to Juniper Level Botanic Garden.
JLBG and PDN are only open to the public eight weekends each year for Open Garden and Nursery Days. During these open days, no visit requests are needed, although it helps the garden to know if you’ll be bringing a large bus group so they can properly reserve the needed parking space.
Friday, December 6th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Come create holiday cheer with 5 festive craft projects using materials from the Arboretum’s gardens.
Participants will take home their creations to decorate their homes. Parents/caregivers stay with their children and guide their children through the activities.
Suggested for preschool through elementary students.
$10.00 per child for Arboretum family members, $15.00 per child for nonmembers
Thursday, December 12th
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Brie Arthur, Author, Horticulturist, Foodscape Consultant, and long-time supporter of the Arboretum will be there to provide inspiration to make every landscape beautiful and bountiful. Learn how to cultivate grains and veggies alongside your favorite ornamental plants by employing foodscaping techniques. Discover easy to apply management strategies for long term success while learning how to naturally improve soil and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. From ancient practices to modern needs (like deterring browsing mammals) this program will motivate attendees to plant like never before.
Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Saturday, December 14th
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Come celebrate the change of season with other middle schoolers and get in the holiday spirit! Learn about evergreen plants and craft your own wreath of evergreen and other interesting winter plants to take home. We will also create some winter cheer from natural materials from our gardens.
Program is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a drop-off program where parents are not required to stay.
Advance registration is required and available online at the event webpage
$10.00 per student Arboretum Family members, $15.00 per student for nonmembers