JC Raulston Arboretum

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JC Raulston Arboretum

Internationally recognized as one of the premier collections of trees and shrubs with over 5,000 different plants on display, the J.C. Raulston Arboretum is a year-round destination. Stroll along the stunning perennial border and across the rooftop garden. Other highlights include the Xeric Garden, Japanese Garden, formal white garden.


The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with the most diverse collection of cold hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. As a part of the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, the Arboretum is primarily a working research and teaching garden that focuses on the evaluation, selection and display of plant material gathered from around the world. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are identified in an effort to find better plants for southern landscapes.

The Arboretum is an 8-acre jewel that has been largely built and maintained by NC State University students, faculty, volunteers, and staff. The Arboretum is named in honor of its late director and founder, J. C. Raulston, Ph.D., who founded it in 1976.

Plant collections include over 5,000 total taxa (species and/or cultivars) of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees from over 50 different countries, which are displayed in a beautiful garden setting.

Arboretum Features:

Important plant collections include: Acer (maple), Aesculus (buckeye), Berberis (barberry), Buxus (boxwood), Cercis (redbud), Ilex (holly), Magnolia (magnolia), Mahonia (grapeholly), Nandina (heavenly bamboo), Quercus (oak), Styracaceae (silverbell family), Viburnum (viburnum), Wisteria (wisteria), and conifers (pines, arborvitae, cypress, etc).

Klein-Pringle White Garden – an elegant garden modeled after Sissinghurst in Kent, England. In addition to white flowers, it displays plants with white, variegated and silver foliage set against a dark background of hollies and conifers. Low stone walls help to frame this enclosed outdoor garden room. There is a small garden pool and a small, white Victorian gazebo standing across the stretch of lawn. This garden is generously supported by the Pringle family.

Perennial Border – complete renovation began in the fall of 1999. A spectacular, 300' long, 18' deep marvel of color and texture containing thousands of plants of great diversity. This mosaic of herbaceous perennials, bulbs, small shrubs and ornamental grasses is designed to provide exciting displays of texture, color and form throughout the year.

Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden – generously endowed by the A. E. Finley Foundation, and displays over 120 taxa of Rosa. This garden is an excellent place to view climbers, hybrid teas, and roses of all types both old and new.

Mixed Border – 300' by 15' border highlighting superior plants identified through the Arboretum's evaluation program. The plants in the Mixed Border are woven into a series of vignette gardens, displaying all the elements of a successful garden.

4415 Beryl Rd.
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(919) 515-3132

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