Raleigh, NC: Juniper Level Botanic Garden will Open for Winter Weekends in Feb-Mar 2021


Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy Julie Williams Dixon
Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Photo consenting Julie Williams Dixon

Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University, will start eight evenings throughout 2021 for public screening, plant buys, and free advice from the specialists. There is no entrance fee.

The Winter visitation evenings are February 26-28 and March 5-7, 2021.

Said creator and benefactor Tony Avent:

“Two open backyard weekends are scheduled every season. Winter has proven to be the most significant because people are able to see the way the garden is placed together. They could view the bones of the garden.

“There are all those amazing plants from the backyard in summer time, either for shape, such as texture, and also in blossom. Wonderful items from broadleaf evergreens, to conifers, to evergreen perennials. A garden doesn’t need to be a horizontal pallet of mulch at the wintertime. This is exactly what your backyard can seem like.

“With more people working and staying at home and trapped indoors, gardening boomed throughout 2020. Gardening allows us to get outside and draw healing energy from the earth. Gardening is especially beneficial during tough times, not to mention the beauty and joy it brings.”

Established in 1988 south of downtown Raleigh, the non-profit Juniper Level Botanic Garden has become a 28-acre conservation and inspiration backyard whose assignment is to find, develop, research, spread and share the world’s flora.

For open backyard dates and information, visit www.jlbg.org.

Participating in dozens of national and global plant expeditions because the mid-90s, Avent gathered among the world’s most diverse plant groups. Said Avent:

“Currently, we have just over 27,000 different kinds of plants. That makes our botanic garden one of the top five collections in the United States.

“We knew the climate was changing and wanted to preserve plants. Many of the plants we found on our trips are now extinct in the wildand we’re the only place they exist. The more the climate changes, the more paramount it becomes to preserve these plants for human benefit.

“We have always had a close connection with North Carolina State University and JC Raulston Arboretum. The Arboretum’s mission and ours are identical. To collect, study, propagate and share plants. The Arboretum’s primary focus is woody plants, and Juniper Level’s focus is primarily on perennial plants.

“Raulston Arboretum currently has about 7,000 distinct crops. Between this collection and the 27,000 at Juniper Level, the result is one of the largest and best collections at these world of genetics.

“We set up an endowment through the university. When the endowment for the garden is fully funded, that will allow us to open full-time as a public garden and a sister to Raulston Arboretum.”

Meanwhile, operational funding for Juniper Level Botanic Garden continues to be provided by plant sales, growing and shipping over 100,000 crops each year, and selling crops during the open garden weekends.

Fundraising efforts for Juniper Level Botanic Garden from combination with JC Raulston Arboretum, function under the auspices of The Endowment Fund of North Carolina State University, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax ID 56-6000756. Donors get a formal receipt for donations to your fund.


Source: Robert B Butler, RBButler.com

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