Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520


Physical Location:
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00


For Website Submissions:
See the Website Submission
Rules in Members Only
Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman

The NC Arboretum – Asheville


Winter Lights

November 17 – December 31 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Discover Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Open nightly, November 17 – December 31, from 6 – 10 p.m., Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens.

  • Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes that illuminate to your favorite holiday tunes.
  • Enjoy festive food & beverages and relax by the fire.
  • Celebrate the season with an array of family-friendly activities, live music and more.

With more lights, new interactive games and lower, family-friendly pricing, Winter Lights is a holiday tradition not to be missed! Tickets must be purchased in advance by clicking on the button below.


Support for Winter Lights is provided in part by:
Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville Outlets, Highland Mediaworks, iHeartMedia Asheville, Travel Guide, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, Spectrum Reach, Carolina Living Choices, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Our StateSoutheastern Container, Inc., Daniels Graphics and FASTSIGNS.
Proceeds from Winter Lights will help expand the Arboretum’s educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round. 


 supported in part by our Community Partners: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park and The Laurel of Asheville

Also note: Tickets for Winter Lights 2017 are now on sale! Please click here for dates and details.

Austrian-born, Arden, N.C.-based artist and sculptor Ernestine Bucking gently captures images of the diverse wonders of the natural world in her exhibit, Romantic Realismon display in the Education Center daily October 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018. Featuring birds, wildlife, butterflies and landscapes in oil, acrylic and watercolor, Ernestine carefully uses tones and shades that closely mirror objects that appear in nature. She has hosted more than 100 one-woman shows across the nation, and has received numerous awards over the past four decades.

The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2017, in the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center buildings.

This nationally-known event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts hailing from a multi-state region, including N.C., S.C., Va., Tenn., Ga., Ala., and Pa. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase live bonsai plants and supplies at the Expo’s bonsai marketplace, participate in bonsai workshops and watch free demonstrations. In its 22nd year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.

The Arboretum’s Carolina Bonsai Expo offers programs for both the bonsai community and general public.

Wicked Plants Exhibit Update & Amy Stewart Reading and Book Signing

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit is delayed until Wednesday, September 20. We apologize for the inconvenience.

As we celebrate the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by author Amy Stewart on Thursday, September 21, from 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members; parking is included in the ticket price. Ticket holders may bring their own book for the signing or purchase a copy from the Connections Gallery gift shop. Tickets must be purchased in advance by clicking on the button below.

Amy Stewart Wicked Plants Reading and Book Signing TICKETS HERE

Monarch Butterfly Day – Saturday, September 23

On Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Arboretum will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day. Help us welcome these regal flyers with a day full of crafts, presentations, a special monarch butterfly release and more. Plus, we’ll be leading tours in our Winged Wonders butterfly exhibit and have milkweed plants for sale.



On display July 15 through October 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, inside the Education Center, “A Year in the Life of a Mountain Bog” is the result of a yearlong photography project between photographer Michael Oppenheim and the Southern Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Over the course of four seasons, Michael captured the diverse native and non-native flora, amphibians, insects and fauna of a small bog located near Asheville, while also documenting The Nature Conservancy’s restoration efforts of the bog and related research-oriented projects. He has more than 22 years of experience working as a photographer in Seattle and Asheville focusing primarily on editorial, architectural, wedding and non-profit clients. He hopes that this exhibit will help shed light on the few remaining bogs in the western North Carolina region and draw attention to these biologically-diverse communities that are increasingly coming under assault.


Check out all events on their website.









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