Monday, April 17, 2017

JC Raulston Arboretum

April 4, 2017

I've lived in the RDU area for my entire life (aside from a 6 month stint in Germany, which I definitely haven't talked about enough already), so it's a mark of shame that there are still places in the nearby cities that I haven't yet visited. JC Raulston Arboretum is one is these places; located less than two miles from NC State's campus, it's a commonly visited space to escape the hustle and bustle of Hillsborough Street and enjoy some cultivated nature.

The arboretum is on the small side; at just over 10 acres, it's considerably smaller than the area's similar offerings like Duke Gardens or any of the nearby state parks, but it's convenient location makes it appealing to Raleighites.

I visited too early in the season to see most of the plants in bloom - I'd overestimated how early roses bloom in NC - but despite the lack of color, the greens were in full, healthy hue, not yet having a chance to wilt from the heat as is common later in the year. It took me less than an hour to walk the whole thing, but there are plenty of park benches and pavilions that enable visitors to take it slow. Raulston Arboretum is not my favourite local offering, but I am glad I finally made the short trip out to visit it.

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