The JC Raulston Arboretum is a lovely collection of gardens quietly tucked away near the NC State Fairgrounds.
Find a parking place in their parking lot, or simply park in the designated street parking on Beryl Road. You can access Beryl from either Hillsborough Street or Blue Ridge Road.
I've visited in all seasons, and there is always some beauty to be found. Even in the dead of winter, some plants are putting on an impressive show. It's good to walk through the gardens from time to time just to see what there is to see, from Oriental gardens to decorative trees, light and shadow play among the array of plant life.
Be sure to bring your camera.
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