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JC Raulston Arboretum

Listed under Gardens in North Carolina, United States.

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North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, is the home of the celebrated eight-acre JC Raulston Arboretum, begun in 1976 by the late Dr. Raulston, who was affectionately known as simply “JC” to his students and friends. Raulston collected and trialed plants from all over the world in this outdoor classroom which houses the most diverse collection of cold-hardy, temperate-zone plants in the southeastern United States. The plant collections are interspersed throughout themed gardens such as the white garden, a rooftop garden, the 300-foot-long by 18-foot-deep perennial border, lath house, drought-tolerant screen garden and Japanese garden, just to name a few.

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 has been largely built and maintained by NC State University students, faculty, volunteers, and staff. 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.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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