Each year for more than 20 years, the JC Rauston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., has held a spring fundraiser, Gala in the Garden. This year it features many new gardens.
Many will come in festive hats, others in their finest garden-party attire, while some won’t care what they’re wearing as they make a beeline to the botanicals to see what was donated for this year’s event.
The Gala in the Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., draws the diverse gardening community that surrounds the arboretum and beyond. For more than 20 years, a harbinger of spring, the Gala in the Garden has been held at this nationally acclaimed arboretum.
Changes at the arboretum
For those of you who haven’t visited the JC Raulston Arboretum in a while (or ever), you will be enthralled. The arboretum has undergone many major changes with the implementation of the volunteer-driven master plan.
During this year’s event, the newly designed Lath House will be showcased. Designed by the notable environmental architect Frank Harmon, the Lath House is designed to grow plants requiring certain lighting conditions.
To date, along with the Lath House, the Japanese Garden, the Lagerstroemia Circle, the Central Path, the Southwest Garden, and the Asian Valley have been completed. All of these projects have made vast improvements to circulation and accessibility and have provided more planting area for the ever-growing number of plants.
Many plants in bloom
While strolling through the gardens in late April, you will find the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden beginning to bloom. Throughout the arboretum, many flowers will be in bloom, including several varieties of viburnum, deutzia, baptisia, salvia, American wisteria, and even red hot pokers.
In addition to viewing the gardens during the Gala, guests can listen to music, and bid on unusual botanical and gift items. It’s interesting to note the unusual varieties of plants that grow in our area, such as Magnolia sieboldii, various kinds of smoke bush, and Clematis addisonii along with many Southern favorites such as sweetspire, dianthus, leucothoe, iris, and lavender.
Strolling the grounds of the JC Raulston Arboretum during the Gala will inspire you to grow more in your garden at home.
If you go: Gala in the Garden will be held Sunday, April 28th, 3 to 7 p.m.at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, N.C. For tickets or more information, contact Anne Porterat (919) 513-3463 or Anne_Porter@ncsu.edu.