Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery, at 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh, features 28-acres of of more than 30,000 kinds of plants, including native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights, and an array of unusual trees and shrubs that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Plant Delights Nursery is not your typical nursery. Many of the plants were collected by founder Tony Avent during plant hunting expeditions to China, Crete, Taiwan, South Africa and Argentina, as well as domestically.
Read on to learn how to visit for free during eight weekends every year.
Established in 1988 on a two-acre tract 12-miles south of downtown Raleigh, not-for-profit Juniper Level Botanic Garden has grown into a 28-acre educational, research, and display garden.
Globally known by horticulturalists, botanists, and discerning gardeners, Juniper Level Botanic Garden amassed one of the world’s most diverse plant collections over the past 25 years.
Plant Delights grows all of its garden plants right in the garden nursery, and you can order perennials online through the website and via a printed catalogue. They ship plants all over the world.
It is open to the public just eight weekends each year for Open Garden and Nursery Days.
The next Open Garden and Nursery Days are for winter, 2021: 6 days from February 26th to March 7th.
During these days, no visit requests are needed. Parking is free. Rain or shine.
Explore the garden and get inspiration for your own garden, and shop the sales greenhouses.
Juniper Level Botanic Garden Open Nursery and Garden Days
These dates are for winter of 2021.
- Friday, February 26th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, February 27th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, February 28th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, March 5th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, March 6th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, March 7th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
From founder Tony Avent:We have always had a close connection with JC Raulston Arboretum and North Carolina State University. Our missions are identical. To collect, study, propagate and share plants. The Arboretum’s primary focus is woody plants, and Juniper Level’s focus is primarily perennial plants.Raulston Arboretum currently has about 7,000 different plants. Between this collection and the 27,000 at Juniper Level, the result is one of the largest and top collections in the world of genetics. Combined, these two institutions have the capacity to be the center of the ornamental universe.We set up an endowment through the university. When the endowment for the garden is fully funded, that will allow us to open full-time as a public garden and a sister to Raulston Arboretum.
Future Open Nursery and Garden Days in 2021
Friday, April 30th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 1st, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 2nd, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 7th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 8th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 9th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 16th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 17th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 18th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 23rd, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 24th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 25th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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