JC Raulston Arboretum Seaonal Celebrations – host a party in your home to help raise money for the JCRA!

The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Seasonal Celebrations

Friends Hosting Friends!

Anytime in 2009

Hmmm, host a garden party and when your guests ask, “What can I bring” just tell  them to write a check to the JC Raulston Arboretum. What a great idea.  This can happen anywhere, anytime!

We started this last year and called it a Summer Solstice Celebration.  Problem was, how could we go to a party and have one at the same time?  Plus, there were others who wanted to open their garden in winter or spring or a holiday, or…you get the idea.

So, for 2009 we will host parties anytime!  You pick the date, we will all celebrate!  We will gather friends to host a party – many parties – across the state to celebrate the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.  This celebration is to raise money for the Arboretum.

The party concept is the same, it can be any party of the host’s choosing – it could be for cocktails, tapas, pizza, or more…it could be burgers, chicken, fish, and so’ mores… it could be cloth napkins, silver, and china galore… your home, your garden, your style, your taste…you set the time, menu, décor and pace.

Each host will ask their friends for a donation to attend.  This set amount is up to the host.   These parties will be in cottage gardens, patio gardens, rose gardens, and future gardens – each venue unique to the friend hosting the event, thus each donation unique to those attending!  Invite your book club, garden club, neighbors, or choir!  Maybe even your doctor, dentist, or secret desire!  Delight with friends and host an event.

The JC Raulston Arboretum will provide invitations to the host.  The host underwrites the party receiving a gift-in-kind tax deduction.  The guest receives a tax deduction for their donation.  The money raised will go to the JC Raulston Master Plan.
JC Raulston Arboretum

Call Anne Porter today to sign up to host a party at 919-513-3463 or e-mail her at Anne_Porter@ncsu.edu or Helen Yoest at Helen@GardeningWithConfidence.com

Helen's Haven hosted a Seasonal Celebration in 2008

Helen's Haven hosted a Seasonal Celebration in 2008



  1. Les said

    What a really unique idea. I hope lots of money gets raised.

  2. Yes Les, unique indeed! And a great way to get folks involved in helping raise money for this national treasure..from the comfort of their own gardens!

  3. […] of Jayme Bednarczyk and Phil Abbott.  Our party was to celebrate and raise money for the JCRA Seasonal Celebrations.  I’ll post about the party later this week. Helen Yoest and David […]

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