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“Beautiful peaceful”

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.
East Coast, Usa
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful peaceful”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a favorite
"urban oasis." Beautifully laid out
according to geographic areas. The
Japanese garden has plants, a stone
zen garden with rake and even
a "chime" to evoke an oriental spirit.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
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406 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Take a camera!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We took our boys out there and made some excellent photos! Super place to visit for the entire family to relax, but especially good for capturing some exceptional pictures. Several we had framed and our friends/family always comment on how much they love the fact that we hired a professional!

Visited August 2012
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The arboretum is one of my favorite places in Raleigh. The new lath house is lovely. The dragon sculpture they added this year is fantastic. I understand it took 10,000 hours for NCSU students to design and build. What a gift! I appreciate all the volunteers and staff who work to maintain the large perennial borders. They are always changing and growing. If you like gardens, I highly recommend visiting this charming arboretum.

Visited June 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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
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175 reviews
109 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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