JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh – Info you should know before you go

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If you find yourself with some extra free time and are looking for something different to do with your family or friends then the JC Raulston Arboretum could be a great choice for you!  This arboretum is nationally acclaimed for having an incredibly diverse and large collection of landscape flowers and plants that are all specifically for use in the southeast.

Homeowners, renters and even young children can all appreciate the colorful arrangement of beautiful flowers and plants that can be found in this eight acre garden.  Not only that, but they have beautiful structures, like retaining walls, that display the flowers and shrubs very nicely!

Hours of operation

The arboretum operates daily as follows:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm

 

Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm

 

Ruby C. McSwain Education Center is permanently closed

How much is admission into the arboretum?

The JC Raulston Arboretum does not charge a general admission fee, although donations are encouraged and appreciated.  Parking is also free and available on the paved lot adjacent to Beryl Road.

If you’d like a guided tour, the arboretum can gladly accommodate that, however, arrangements need to be made 1 month prior to your visit and the fee is $5.00 per person with a 10-person minimum.

You’re also welcome to rent out some of the facilities for business events, conferences, personal parties, weddings and more.  To get the process started, call the rental coordinator at (919) 513-7457 or email them at jcarentals@ncsu.edu.

Are dogs allowed in the arboretum?

The arboretum tries its very best to keep its plants, shrubs, trees and flowers in pristine condition, so unfortunately, pets are not allowed.  Service animals are permitted.

What kind of events do they currently have?

You can find events for nearly everyone’s level of expertise.  From the occasional gardener to the professional horticulturalist, there are events daily ranging from pruning theory & technique to propagating plants from seeds.

Directions to the arboretum

From Millbrook
Approximately 15 minutes (9.2 miles)

  1. Merge onto I-440 W and continue straight for 6.1 miles
  2. Take exit 3 toward Meredith Coll for 0.2 miles
  3. Turn left onto Hillsborough St and go straight for 0.3 miles
  4. Make a right hand turn onto Beryl Rd and go straight for 0.5 miles
  5. Turn left and continue straight until you reach the arboretum

From Lake Benson Park
Approximately 26 minutes (12.3 miles)

  1. Head north toward Buffaloe Rd for 0.2 miles
  2. Make a left hand turn onto Buffaloe Rd for 1.6 miles
  3. At the traffic circle take the 2nd exit onto Vandora Springs Rd and go straight for 0.4 miles
  4. Make a right hand turn onto Old State Rd and go straight for 1.7 miles
  5. Make a right onto US-401 N going for 1.2 miles
  6. Make a slight left onto Wilmington St for 2.6 miles
  7. Make a right onto Martin Luther King Jr Blvd for 0.2 miles and then a left for 0.6 miles staying on MLK Jr Blvd
  8. Continue onto Western Blvd for 2.2 miles
  9. Make a right turn onto Gorman St for 0.1 miles
  10. Take a left hand turn onto Jackson St for 0.4 miles
  11. Right turn onto Method Rd and go straight for 0.5 miles
  12. Left onto Beryl Rd for 0.4 miles
  13. Turn left and continue to the arboretum

From our office
Approximately 13 minutes (8.0 miles)

  1. Head southwest toward Wake Forest Rd
  2. Make a right hand turn toward Wake Forest Rd for almost 300 feet
  3. Make a left onto Wake Forest Rd and go straight for 0.8 miles
  4. Merge onto I-440 W and continue straight for 6.1 miles
  5. Take exit 3 toward Meredith Coll for 0.2 miles
  6. Make a left onto Hillsborough St going straight for 0.3 miles
  7. Turn right onto Beryl Rd and continue straight for ½ mile

Make a left and go straight until you reach the final destination

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Our Office
4030 Wake Forest Road Suite 300 #2

Raleigh, NC 27609

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Reach Us At
(919) 420 - 3620

Call With Questions

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