2022 Moonlight in the Garden
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Moonlight in the Garden

A Magical Lighting Exhibition with Our Friends from Southern Lights of Raleigh
and the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Thursday–Saturday, November 10–12, 2022 – 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Thursday–Saturday, November 17–19, 2022 – 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

Rain or Shine

This isn't your typical lighting event. Moonlight in the Garden is meticulously designed to showcase our internationally acclaimed garden and all its splendor. You think our collection is spectacular by day? Wait until you see it under the cover of darkness artfully lit by Southern Lights of Raleigh on a crisp November evening. It's a magical experience you don't want to miss.

Bring your family and friends to stroll through the garden, listen to a live band, grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks, roast a marshmallow or two at the fire pits, and sip a cup of hot apple cider, all the while showing your support for the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden helps us raise the funds necessary to keep our gates open and our admission free 365 days a year. Come join us for a night you'll never forget!

Be inspired. Be delighted. Be in awe of the beauty of a nighttime garden.

Limited tickets are available and they are selling fast! Anytime Tickets (Members Only) have already sold out. Get your tickets today!


Get a sneak peek on Tuesday, November 8, during our Preview Night and enjoy seasonal favorites from Rocky Top Catering with a glass of beer or wine while strolling the garden listening to indie-jazz tunes provided by Tea Cup Gin. Beer and wine are only served during Preview Night, all other nights are alcohol free. Come and enjoy this magical night with your family and friends and roast a marshmallow or two on our fire pits or enjoy a cup of warm cider during this unique fund-raising event. Members enjoy early access starting at 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are no longer available. 

Thank you for participating in this unique fundraiser that helps keep our gates open and free 365 days a year.

Proceeds from Moonlight in the Garden will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

For questions about the event, contact:
JCRA Events Team

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All ticket sales are final. No refunds are available for this event and this event is rain or shine.

Proceeds from the Moonlight in the Garden will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Funds supporting Moonlight in the Garden and the JC Raulston Arboretum are collected and managed by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304). You will receive an official receipt for the tax-deductible portion of your donation.