For the last stop on our Parks and Gardens Tour we went to North Carolina State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum. Of course we had a delicious lunch at Oak City Diner first and then on to our garden exploration.
This was actually our second visit to this arboretum. Our first visit was in Autumn and the gardens looked very different back then. In Spring everything had come alive. Falling leaves of red, orange, yellow and brown were replaced with flowers of every color of the rainbow. It was a glorious time to visit the JC Raulston Arboretum!
The arboretum encompasses 10 acres of beautiful gardens collected from around the world. It is a nationally acclaimed teaching and research garden, founded in 1976, that is dedicated to promoting a wider diversity of landscape plants. It was named to honor its late director and founder Dr. James Chester Raulston who was a renowned plantsman and professor of horticultural science at NC State University. The mission is to “introduce, display, and promote plants that diversify the American landscape, thereby benefiting our communities economically, environmentally and aesthetically, as well as provide educational experiences to the general public, students of all ages and the green industry.”
If you are in the area I highly recommend visiting the JC Raulston Arboretum often. It’s free and you will find something different and exciting each time you visit.