Street Address
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
Mailing Address
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695
phone: 919-513-7005
April through October
Daily8 AM - 6 PM
November through March
Daily8 AM - 5 PM
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Ted E. Bliderback, Director
phone: 919-513-7006
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
phone: 919-513-7009
Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
phone: 919-513-7010
Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
phone: 919-513-7005


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 10-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.


Arboretum tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2:00 PM from March-October.

Arrangements may be made for private guided tours for adult parties by calling Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005. One month's notice is required.


The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University promotes responsible, inspirational design and management of cultivated landscapes through plant development and evaluation, as well as academic and public education.

Strategic Goals

1. Provide creative research and educational programs for students, the green industry, and the public in an effort to improve the American landscape.

2. Function as a living laboratory which resides in and complements the curricula of NC State University.

3. Collect and evaluate plants for their potential ornamental value and landscape use.

4. Develop improved ornamental plants through controlled breeding, evaluation, and selection. Provide visitors with an inspirational and educational experience, and an opportunity to connect to the natural world.

Educational Programs

The JC Raulston Arboretum offers many events and educational programs throughout the year including children's programs, Friends of the Arboretum Lectures, workshops, Annual Plant Distribution, tours, Gala in the Garden, and other horticultural events. To learn more about our upcoming events please visit our Calendar of Events section on our Web site.


Lecture Halls


Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter (twice a year), JCRA e-Update (12 times a year, electronically)


Wheelchair Accessible


Special Event Rental

Group Tours