North Carolina Botanical Garden
North Carolina is home to an amazingly rich flora, including many plant species found nowhere else in the world. For more than half a century, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has been dedicated to conserving that unique botanical legacy. Today, we cultivate more than 1,100 acres of garden and conservation areas, safeguard rare and endangered plant species from extinction, and educate new generations of plant lovers and environmental citizens.
This is much more than a display garden. It is a robust ecosystem where people can discover the natural world, experience its healing and restorative power, and understand why conservation is critical to our quality of life. Year-round native plant gardening makes for a unique and beautiful landscape, from the tiny ephemerals that pop up in early spring to the stunning, architectural seed heads of fall. Whichever season you find yourself here, we hope you enjoy our conservation garden!
JC Raulston Arboretum
The JC Raulston Arboretum (JCRA) at NC State University is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for garden use in the Southeast. Plants are collected from around the world and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes in an effort to diversify the American landscape.
The JCRA began as an evaluation garden under the direction of Dr. J. C. Raulston, widely considered one of the most influential plantsmen of the 20th century. Since its beginning in 1976, the Arboretum has evaluated over 20,000 types of plants, and currently displays more than 6,500 different plant selections. Included among the plantings are two nationally accredited collections – redbuds and magnolias. The plant collections are displayed in beautiful garden settings including a Japanese Garden, White Garden, Rose Garden, and more. The JCRA’s innovative educational programming, stunning gardens, and public outreach has cemented its place as one of the premiere gardens in the United States.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Dedicated in 1939 and named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S., Duke Gardens offers free admission and world-class design in 4 distinct gardens. Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com, and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University and one of the premier university gardens in the country. Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year, free to all, and has earned top honors internationally. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, and a SITES certified organic food garden. Duke Gardens also has a cafe, a gift shop and a visitor center with an elegant rental hall. We offer classes, tours, free drop-in programs for families, and other events for adults and children, as well as internships, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities.