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JC Raulston Arboretum 30th Anniversary Symposium

J. C. Raulston and The NCSU Arboretum entrance sign"Plan And Plant for a Better World"

September 22-24, 2006 (Friday-Sunday)

When J. C. Raulston began teaching in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, few could have imagined that he would become a galvanic force behind the renaissance in the nursery industry during the latter part of the twentieth century. After establishing the Arboretum in 1976, J. C. spent the next two decades mentoring scores of students and making connections among plant explorers and nursery owners, yielding hundreds of plants to test, grow, and share with the industry and the public.

In "Plan – and Plant for a Better World," we celebrate J. C.'s life through speakers drawn from colleagues, students, plant professionals, and the nursery industry – all of whom are the richer from his legacy. There will be links to the past, a roundup of current plant successes, and a salute to J. C.'s influence on future plant introductions.

The pearl, a symbol of beauty, traditionally represents a 30th anniversary. Come celebrate the "pearl" that is the JC Raulston Arboretum as it enters the fourth decade.


Roy Lancaster Keynote Speaker
"A Pocketful of Dreams Plant Trials in a Small Suburban Garden 1982-2006"

Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D. Arnold Arboretum, Senior Research Scientist
"Adaptable Plants for a Changing World"

Michael Hayman Louisville Courier Journal, Photographer
"Seneca Gardens, Building an Arboretum in the Front Yards of a Louisville Suburb"

Bill McNamara Quarryhill Gardens, Director
"The 'Edge of the World' Revisited"

Don Shadow Shadow Nursery, Inc., Owner
"New and Useful Garden Treasures"

Kim Tripp, Ph.D. The New York Botanical Garden, Director
"J. C. Raulston and the Arboretum: The Eternal Magic of Plants and People"

With a special presentation by

Roy Dicks – Raleigh News and Observer, Music and Theater Reviewer
Bobby Ward, Ph.D. Author and Retired Environmental Scientist
"J. C. Raulston – A Life in Plants"

For more information about the speakers, please visit the symposium's "Speakers" Web page.


Private Country Club Reception and Dinner
Live Auction with Guest Auctioneer, Tony Avent
Tours (separate registration):
   Montrose, Hillsborough, North Carolina
   Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina - Full - waiting list started
   Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour of Six Raleigh Gardens

Visit our Symposium Tours page for more information about Montrose and Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. For more information about the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program here in Raleigh, please read this event's announcement.


Bayer Environmental Science


There are many activities during the symposium. Please review the schedule for the timing of all the events.

Registration Form

Registration is now open. Please use our downloadable registration form (PDF) or call (919) 513-7005 to register.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the symposium at the Holiday Inn – Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, for $75.00 (single and double rates). For more information, please read our symposium accommodations Web page.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

The JC Raulston Arboretum's 30th anniversary symposium is being held in conjunction with the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program in Raleigh, North Carolina. Proceeds benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Garden Conservancy. Please see this program's announcement for more information.

Cost: $195.00 for members, $225.00 for nonmembers, $35.00 for the Montrose tour, $35.00 for the Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens tour, $5.00 per ticket or $25.00 for a book of six tickets for Open Days tours (one ticket per garden per person).
Registration: Please use our downloadable registration form (PDF) or call (919) 513-7005 to register. Registration for the symposium is limited to 300 people and the Montrose and Juniper Level Botanic Gardens at Plant Delights Nursery tours are limited to 30 people each. Registrations must be received by September 19, 2006 (Friday).
Cancellation: Symposium cancellations can be made through August 31, 2006. For hotel cancellation information, please contact the Holiday Inn – Brownstone Hotel.
Location: Private country club and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education at NC State University.
Attire: Gentlemen must wear coats at the country club on Friday evening. Saturday's attire is casual.
Directions: Need directions to the Arboretum? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available at both locations.
Questions: For information, please call Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

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