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



NC Botanical Garden’s Fall Plant Sale September 29 & 30

Chapel Hill, NC — The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) will host its annual Fall Plant Sale September 29 & 30, offering a wide selection of native perennial wildflowers, vines, shrubs, ferns and trees. In addition to live plants, NCBG will sell seeds and an intriguing array of gardening and natural history books and magazines.

The event begins with Members’ Night on Friday, September 29, 4-8 p.m., when members get first pick while enjoying refreshments and live music. Become a member of the Garden ahead of time or at the gate; details at

The sale opens to non-members Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Garden members receive a 10 percent discount on plants both days.

Fall is the perfect time of year to add to your home landscape, as new plants will have time to establish their root systems before the growing season.

The sale takes place near the James & Delight Allen Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, located off of the US 15-501/54 Bypass at Old Mason Farm Road.

The annual Fall Plant Sale is an important fundraiser for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. All profits from the sale are used to operate and improve the horticultural and conservation programs of the Garden.

For more information about the Fall Plant Sale, visit

NCBG Hosts 29th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition

Chapel Hill, NC — The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) will host the 29th annual Sculpture in the Garden, an outdoor exhibition of works by North Carolina artists, from September 17 through December 10. Forty-one installations of original artwork will grace the Garden’s outdoor environment, featuring an assortment of materials including steel, concrete, wood, marble, and more. The Garden is pleased to be part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere Initiative, a program to embed the arts into the University’s teaching, research and service.

The Garden is pleased to exhibit works by several new sculptors this year in addition to welcoming back many longtime favorite artists. Visit the exhibit multiple times to see how nature’s changing backdrop brings new perspectives to each piece throughout the season.

A Preview Party on Saturday, September 16, 4:30‐6:30 p.m., gives ticket holders an opportunity to enjoy the gardens, view the sculptures and meet the artists. Guests can also vote for the People’s Choice award, make early purchases and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $25 and are available at

Floraffiti is a new addition to this year’s exhibition. Spearheaded by visual and performance artist Carter Hubbard, student artists from Boomerang Youth, Inc, a youth development program, transform living plants into poems. Two performances are scheduled during the Preview Party.

Also new this year, the exhibit will feature a new Students’ Choice Award to be voted on by UNC students at an event on October 22.


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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