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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  • I have lived in NC for almost 20 years and I did not have any idea that this phenomenal, free attraction was available to the public. I am a plant lover and have paid admission to many gardens that di...  more »
  • This place is great for taking pictures of birds, especially in the spring when all the flowers are blooming, you will also see the occasional red tailed hawk flying around just outage of the grounds.  more »
  • Stopped here on October 4th, it was a little overcast but the sun was beginning to peak through the clouds when we had to depart. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to explore all of the garden...  more »

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Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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