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The JC Raulston Arboretum Master Plan

The Master Plan committee is composed of area landscape architects and designers and JCRA staff that have come together to provide a framework and plan for the continued development of the physical grounds of the Arboretum. The first master plan was completed in 2007. Thanks to the leadership of the committee, we've renovated the Japanese Garden; renovated and greatly expanded Asian Valley and the Xeric Garden (formerly the Southwestern Garden); and installed the Scree Garden, Monocot Garden, new Conifer Garden, Plantsman Woods, and Oak Grove."  In addition, we've completely redesigned, rebuilt, and replanted the Lath House; moved the Annual Color Trials; and improved paths with hard surfaces to make the Arboretum more accessible to everyone.

The Committee has continued to meet weekly and updated the master plan in 2013. Some highlights of the new plan include a renovated Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, a Garden Wall along Beryl Road, a new Pedestrian Entrance, a renovated Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center, a Turf Alternative Garden, an Ellipse Lawn, and many more. 

Many of these new garden projects are available for naming. What a great way to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum and honoring your family or organization. For information on how you can help keep the JCRA growing, contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or

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