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JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University

  • 4415 Beryl Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27606

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the southeastern U.S. Plant collections include nearly 6,000 total taxa (unique taxonomic groups) of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, ground covers, shrubs, and trees from over 50 different countries, which are displayed in a beautiful garden setting. The JC Raulston Arboretum is also a public garden, and it is open most every day of the year. The Arboretum provides a pleasant garden environment and a unique experience for groups seeking a special location to schedule their staff and client conferences, workshops, board meetings, etc. The highly aesthetic sustainable landscape is a favorite location for many university and public groups to conduct their meetings.

The York Auditorium in the Ruby McSwain Education Center offers a space that can accommodate 100-150 people with tables and chairs or 200 people with chairs only or can be divided into three sound-proof rooms, each section with a capacity of 30 to 50 people depending upon the section and set-up needs. Various set-up arrangements are selected by each group and set-ups are completed by JCRA undergraduate student facilitators.

The JC Raulston Arboretum also has more than 10 garden spaces that can be reserved for events. For example, there are approximately 25 weddings held in the Klein-Pringle White Garden and gazebo each year. Want a spectacular view? Schedule your event on our Rooftop Terrace. The panoramic view and outstanding selection of plants, high above the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center on the A. E. Finley Foundation rooftop terrace is a great place to schedule a theater presentation or other creative events. This dramatic green roof is an integral part of the building and environment, and it provides an insulating factor for the geothermally heated and cooled McSwain Center. Need a large space for an outdoor garden party? The JCRA has one, and each year the signature Gala in the Garden hosts more than 500 guests. It is a wide open space surrounded by the lovely gardens that is perfect for most any special occasion or event.


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Rates & Parking
  • Type of Parking: Surface Lot
JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 3
  • Total Sqft.: 1,960
  • Largest Room: 1,960
  • Theatre Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Classroom Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 400
  • Ceiling: 30
  • Floorplan: View/Download File
  • Space Notes: Gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum offer stunning settings with world-famous plant collections as a backdrop for your special event. Each outdoor event location offers its own unique ambiance and features. Outdoor garden venues are available to rent seven days a week, including holidays, from sunrise to sunset.
  • Description: Work, celebrate, and mark life's important moments and passages surrounded by nature in a year-round garden when you rent a JC Raulston Arboretum venue with a view. The Arboretum is a memorable gathering spot for groups of all sizes with both indoor and outdoor settings. Whether you are hosting a wedding, conference, meeting, party, or other occasion, the Arboretum is dedicated to making your event a memorable one. Schedule a site visit by emailing
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Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception Media
Ruby McSwain Education Center (Room 105) 23 X 30   30     690.00     50     30         50     No  
Ruby McSwain Education Center (Room 107) 20 X 30   30     600.00     50     30         40     No  
Ruby McSwain Education Center (Room 109) 30 X 30   30     900.00     60     48         75     No  
York Auditorium (Rooms 105,107 and 109) 28 X 70   30     1960.00     200     82     144     200     View  
10 Uncovered Garden Spaces X       29160.00     200     200     400     400     View  
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421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 1505  
Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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