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“A great way to learn about what grows in North Carolina”

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Ranked #7 of 150 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Part of the North Carolina State University, this eight-acre garden contains a wide variety of cold hardy temperate zone plants.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great way to learn about what grows in North Carolina”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

In my 25+ years living in NC, I have been to the Arboretum many times. Every time I go, I see improvements. I love the walks and landscaping around the buildings. Nicely landscaped beds with mature specimens of trees and shrubs. A wonderful perennial bed and whimsical sculptures. It is always a delight to visit and recharge in this oasis. Also, they have wonderful (and hugely attended) plant sales twice a year where you can get unusual varieties of landscape plants.

Visited April 2013
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new york
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Shady walk”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

A very small Arboretum with easy shady walking path.
Japanese meditation garden, White garden are nicely done.
Free admission and free parking on site.

Visited June 2013
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Beckley, West Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Peace and beauty.”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I've visited the arboretum several times in the past few months, and I'm always eager to see what is blooming that wasn't the last time I was there.

Completely surrounded by major roadways, this is an island of peace and beauty in the midst of the noise. I always take my Kindle and find a comfortable bench to sit and read and just be.

The arboretum has a number of different sections dedicated to different types of plants or areas of the world. Among others, you will find Asian valley, desert, Japanese (including a zen garden), winter garden, meditation garden, a rooftop terrace, and a rose garden. There's also a huge dragon right in the center of everything. If you want to take home something from your visit, there's a small plant cart with several reasonably priced plants.

If you only have a few minutes, or if you have all day, this arboretum is worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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WILMINGTON
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is a beautiful garden for a morning stroll. All plants are labeled so you know what you are looking at. There is a huge amount of various varieties. Parking is on the side of the road but it isn't a busy highway. The property is not wheelchair friendly.

Visited June 2013
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Cary, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Secret Garden”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Hidden gem near the fairgrounds. Wonderful gardens. Great children's programs. Perfect Sat or Sun afternoon trip. Great to bring out of town guests. We are fortunate to have suh a lovely space tucked behind the bustling NC Fairgrounds area. Popular poto spot too.

Visited April 2013
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