JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, Raleigh

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The JC Raulston Arboretum is a 10acre arboretum and botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University, and located at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina. It is open daily to the public without charge.HistoryThe Arboretum was established in 1976 by the late Dr. James Chester "JC" Raulston (1940-1996).Plant collectionsIts plant collections now include over 6,000 total taxa of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, ground covers, shrubs, and trees, with significant collections of: Acer (maple)Aesculus (buckeye)Berberis (barberry)Buxus (boxwood)Cercis (redbud)ConifersIlex (holly)Magnolia (magnolia)Mahonia (grapeholly)Nandina (heavenly bamboo)Quercus (oak)Styracaceae (silverbell family)ViburnumWisteria
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  • It might be hard to find, but it is so worth it. Lots of different types of plants to see, all mixed together nicely. There are lots of benches and a few open green spaces where you are encouraged to ...  more »
  • We became acquainted with the Arboretum through Almanac Gardener, a public television program from UNC-TV. It's a great free attraction for anyone with an interest in gardening and/or lovely gardens f...  more »
  • I love this place! More than half of the plants were in bloom and the variety is just amazing. Many paths to take to explore all the plants, bushes and trees. Most are labeled so you know what you are...  more »