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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  • August 14, 2017
    Had an absolutely great time on a recent visit here. You can spend a short while experiencing all the colorful and beautiful plants that will grow in this part of North Carolina. Not the largest or mo...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Went with my niece's field trip and had so much fun!! Beautiful landscapes and of course beautiful flowers!! The scavenger hunt was so much fun with the kids! Everyone had a great time!!  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Lovely botanical garden that can easily take a 1/2 day to fully explore, or you can walk through quickly for an hour or so. Lots of nooks for picnics or hanging out places. Innovative ideas and plants...  more »

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