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JC Raulston Arboretum

4301 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
919-515-3132
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Ranked #9 of 75 Attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Part of the North Carolina State University, this eight-acre garden contains a wide variety of cold hardy temperate zone plants.
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Jacksonville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Just endless pathways that go from one theme to another. All exhibits were my favorites. Lots of colorful even in the middle of August. Highly recommend. Must be spectacular in the spring.

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Berea, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Raulston Arboretum is a nice garden located near NC State. The lady working in the visitors center was very friendly and knowledgable. I was admiring an agave bloom when she preceded to tell me about the plant and where to locate it. I enjoyed the different sections so as to make it seem as if you are traveling around... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It's a great place to walk and talk quietly with friends and family, or to take kids when they need a little outside activity. Most plants are well-labeled, so it's pretty easy to see what's what. I became a member some time ago, and I love the plant sales and workshops!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a true treasure of a place! Beautiful gardens, easy walking, a center for classes, and more! Part of North Carolina State University, there is a remarkable variety of plants and plant settings. I highly recommend it!

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Ladera Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited the Arboretum expecting to spend an hour walking around. We found ourselves spending the whole afternoon enjoying the many different "rooms" of foliage. I highly recommend this place if you enjoy researching and experiencing different types of plantings.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent a Sunday morning visiting the JC Raulston Arboretum. This is a gem of a place and well worth the visit. Plants and trees from everywhere in the world, acclimatized to the Southeast. If you are in need of some planting ideas for your home, or are new to this area, do yourself a favor and come here first... More

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Asian garden and xeriscape are particularly interesting. Our toddler loves to see the fish and frogs in the various ponds. There's a nice mix of sun and shade for different types of weather. There are some really lovely and unique trees here too.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We've always enjoyed walking around these gardens whether it be spring, summer, winter, or fall. The gardens offer little shade so it will be hot in the summer. Be sure to check their website for the special events they offer. The restrooms are one of the cutest I have ever seen.

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Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Even though it was a very hot day we enjoyed the Raulston Aboretum. In addition to beautiful gardens there were test gardens, where we could see some varieties of flowers that are being grown now. I believe this is connected to the University of NC. We truly enjoyed it. If you are lucky, perhaps you'll meet the couple who suggested... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've taken a few people to here to take couples pictures and it's a great spot when it's the season. The most recent trip was during Valentine's Day week and it wasn't very green but it was winter so it was expected. We did get great shots though and the area was clean and still had pretty spots.

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