Set in the Arboretum's beautiful springtime gardens, The Gala in the Garden—An Asian Reflection, will transport guests to the magic of the Orient. Upon entering the grounds of the Arboretum, guests will wind their way through the new pathways of the Asian Valley, the Japanese Garden, and the Lath House with collections of more than 700 plants, including many newcomers from Asia. From there guests will continue to the Gala's main event area for music, gourmet food and signature drinks, along with the highlight of the event—a silent auction where guests can bid on items from gardening gifts to one-of-a-kind plants.
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 sponsored 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
This brochure (link removed) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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, Worthington Farms, Greenville, NC
Sarah Leach Smith
Nina & Jerry Jackson
Cost: $90.00 ($30.00 is tax deductible).
Registration: Online registration (closed) 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 email@example.com for more information about this event.