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



Carolina Moonlight shines on the coast of North Carolina! Join us on Saturday, June 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a fun-filled evening at the Garden highlighting our beautiful coastline. Shag the night away to the beach tunes of The Legacy Motown Revue, and enjoy a wonderful buffet of seafood and eastern North Carolina delights.

The Carolina Moonlight Garden Party is presented by the North Caro lina Botanical Garden and the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. This special event supports the Garden’s mission by inspiring and advancing a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

To purchase tickets ($75 per person), click here.

A Natural History of North Carolina

July 15 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm


In collaboration with the North Carolina Botanical GardenThe Tar Heel State features a wide range of natural features and ecological zones, from the coastal waterways of the Atlantic in the East to the mountains in the West. Join us for a day of learning about how North Carolina’s beautiful regions developed and why we have such a diverse range of habitats. Geologist Drew Coleman will review the long (very long) history of the state’s physical features and explain how geological forces created them. Conservationist Johnny Randall will discuss the evolution of plant life of North Carolina in its varied biomes throughout the state. Philosopher Richard Hall will introduce us to William Bartram, the first naturalist to describe the state before it was heavily settled. Participants will enjoy this opportunity to learn about North Carolina’s natural resources and the impact humans have had on its environment.TOPICS and SPEAKERS(One Billion) One Hundred (Million) Years of Solitude: A Geological History of North CarolinaDrew S. Coleman, Professor of Geological SciencesThe History of Plant Life in North CarolinaJohnny Randall, Assistant Director for Conservation, North Carolina Botanical GardenOn the Trail with William Bartram: Poet, Painter, Naturalist.Richard Anthony Spurgeon Hall, Assistant Professor of Government and History, Fayetteville StateNorth Carolina’s Natural Resources and its PeopleA panel discussion with our speakersTIME  & COST9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017. The tuition is $140 ($125 by May 24). Tuition for teachers is $70 ($62.50 by May 24). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Lunch is included with the program.For information about lodging click here.Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.Register for this seminar.


Hollow-stem joe-pye-weed named 2017 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year

Chapel Hill – Hollow-stem joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium fistulosum), a perennial member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) native to the eastern and south central United States, has been named the 2017 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
From mid-summer through early fall, hollow-stem joe-pye-weed comes into full glory with dramatic clouds of large domed flower heads composed of many tiny nectar-rich, mauve-pink flowers that attract multitudes of butterflies, bees, wasps and other nectar-feeding insects. In the wild, hollow-stem joe-pye-weed can be found in moist woods, bogs, meadows, marshes and roadside ditches, and it can grow up to eight feet tall. In average to wet soil and full to filtered sunlight, it can serve as an impressive and pollinator-friendly member of a home garden landscape.
Its hollow stems distinguish it from other joe-pye-weed species. Legend has it that “Joe Pye” refers to the Christian name taken on by Mohegan sachem and healer Shauquethqueat, who purportedly used infusions of the plant to treat typhus in 18th century Massachusetts.
For a Wildflower of the Year brochure and packet of hollow-stem joe-pye-weed seeds, send a stamped, self-addressed, business envelope with attention to NCWFOY 2017 to North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC–Chapel Hill, CB 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375.
The NCBG and the Garden Club of North Carolina work together to promote the use of native plants in home gardens. Each year since 1982, a showy, native perennial has been chosen and seeds of that wildflower have been distributed to interested gardeners. To view a list of the past 35 North Carolina Wildflowers of the Year, visit the Garden’s website:
The NCBG, part of the University of North Carolina, is a 1,000-acre assemblage of display gardens and natural areas. The Garden celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and is nationally known as a center for the study, display, interpretation and conservation of plants. Through its educational, recreational, therapeutic horticulture and research programs, it extends opportunities for connection with nature to people of all abilities and backgrounds. The Garden is open Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. Information at
The Garden Club of North Carolina includes approximately 265 garden clubs with over 6,500 individual members throughout North Carolina. As a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., this organization is active at national, state, and local levels in promoting gardening and horticulture, environmental improvements in urban areas, and protection of natural resources.

New Year, New Hours!
Beginning January 2, 2017, the Display Garden will be open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. This new schedule will allow garden staff to use Monday as a day to perform work that might otherwise disrupt the visitor experience with the goal of making that experience even better Tuesday through Sunday. The new schedule also applies to our indoor exhibits and to the Garden Shop. If you absolutely must have a dose of nature on Monday, we encourage you to visit Coker Arboretum, Battle Park or Mason Farm Biological Reserve (permit required). They are all open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.

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