The Gala in the Garden—An Asian Reflection, held on April 28, 2013, is a fond memory now, but the important support that sponsors, guests, auction donors, and volunteers gave helped to raise more than $81,000! The Gala is much more than just an annual garden party. The proceeds support not only vital JC Raulston Arboretum staff positions, but critical unrestricted funds are used for its daily operational expenses and on-going research of new and exciting landscape plants. The Gala proceeds directly help to keep the gates open, the gardens in top shape, and the plant collections and education programs impressive.
More than ever, the JC Raulston Arboretum is supporting our state's economy through its green industry partnerships that J. C. forged between the green industry and the Arboretum more than 30 years ago—and this outstanding work continues today. Mark Weathington, JCRA assistant director, is searching the globe for exciting plants suitable for North Carolina garden landscapes, and the new Choice Plants program gives growers a chance to sell a branded, unrestricted plants to independent garden centers.
What is the JC Raulston Arboretum?
Please re-live the 2013 Gala through these great pictures, and be sure to save-the-date of Sunday, May 4, 2014, for another fabulous garden gala adventure.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden, open free to the public, and part of NC State University's Department of Horticultural Science. This event is hosted by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. (Tax ID# 56-6049304).
Sponsors are vitally important for the success of the Gala in the Garden. This is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year, and the proceeds directly support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public outreach, and garden displays. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to become 2013 sponsor.
2013 Gala Sponsors (as of May 15, 2013)
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.
Pender Nursery, Inc. (Jim and Kathy Deal)
A. E. Finley Foundation, Inc.
Hoffman Nursery, Inc.
Panther Creek Nursery
Bobby G. Wilder
Ted and Linda Bilderback
The Brickman Group, Ltd.
Tommy Bunn and Ms. Terry Solovieff
Fair Products (Judi and Frank Grainger)
The Hamlin Companies
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Frances Jane Meadows
The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
North Carolina Farm Bureau
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.
Worthington Farms, Inc.
Jackie and Johnny Wynne
The Bell Family Foundation
John Dole and John Buettner
Rufus L. Edmisten
The Fire Place (Ruby McSwain)
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Han-dee Hugo's (Irma and Haddon Clark)
Jere's Landscaping (Jere Stevens)
Johnson Nursery Corporation
Cheryl Doyle Kearns
Melda and Bill Lamm
Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Anne M. Porter
Sylvia N. Redwine
Sampson Nursery, Inc.
Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink
Anthea and Russell Tate
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
Bill and Libby Wilder
Laura Willer and David Huffstetler
Guirlinger Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
Mary Coker Joslin
The sponsorsship brochure describes all sponsorship levels and benefits. (March 11 is the deadline for sponsor listing on the Gala invitation.)
A very special feature of the Gala in the Garden is the extraordinary silent auction. Featuring an eclectic array of unique plants and many other distinctive non-botanical items, the retail value of the auction exceeds $40,000!
If you wish to donate an item or gift certificate, please complete the Auction Solicitation Form and bring it by the JCRA, or contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or email@example.com for more information. Your auction item is considered a tax-deductible "in-kind" gift.
To see photographs of last year's Gala in the Garden, please visit our Web site's Photography section.
A press release for the 2013 Gala in the Garden is available on this site.
The Gala Planning Committee members are busy planning an exceptional 2013 Gala in the Garden. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to this dedicated and very talented group of volunteers.
Sandie and Mike Worthington
Cost: $90.00 ($30.00 is tax deductible).
Registration: Online registration is easy, fast, and secure. Online registration is open until Friday, April 19, 2013. After this date, you may still register until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24 by calling (919) 513-0264.
Location: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Directions: Need directions? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available along Beryl Road. Overflow parking is available at the Brickhaven Building. (Please mind the no parking signs.)
Questions: Please call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this event.