Connoisseur Plants are rare new plants or hard to find old favorites, and they are part of the annual membership drive to benefit the Arboretum's many fine programs and its day-to-day operational expenses. These wonderful plants are sent to those who join the Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum at the Sponsor, Patron, Founder, Benefactor, or Philanthropist levels.
Membership Level and Connoisseur Plants Given
- Sponsor ($300) – 3 Connoisseur Plants
- Patron ($600) – 6 Connoisseur Plants
- Founder ($1,250) – 9 Connoisseur Plants
- Benefactor ($2,500) – 12 Connoisseur Plants
- Philanthropist ($5,000) – 18 Connoisseur Plants
- Other membership levels (Individual, and Family/Dual) can be upgraded higher membership levels to receive Connoisseur Plants.
Join or renew your membership online. Membership payments must be received by December 31, 2013, to be eligible for plant distributed in March 2014. Qualifying members should expect their Connoisseur Plant catalogs in the mail in January 2014.
Connoisseur Plants Availability Lists
Note the years below are the years in which the plants are earned. They're chosen and distributed in the following year.
- 2013 – Volunteer
- 1991 – Original list missing.
- 1989 – The first year.
Connoisseur Plants Program History
Do you want to know the history behind the Connoisseur Plants Program? If you do, please read what J. C. Raulston wrote about the program in 1995.