As an affiliate of The University of North Carolina system, one of the state’s most important economic drivers, the Arboretum occupies an important niche in the mountains of western North Carolina. Every major program targets an economic sector, either existing or emerging, and makes strategic contributions to the sector.

Conservation of diverse mountain botanical resources capitalizes on both a rich heritage and new capabilities for validation and use, based on recent advances in life sciences. Traveling exhibits, Winter Lights during the holidays and destination weddings send beneficial ripples into the tourism economy. Work with climate as business risk management issues helps build a fledgling regional science and technology sector.

Overall, advancements in Arboretum programs reflect a broader economic contribution for all citizens.

Plants for your Garden and Landscape

Searching for a great plant you saw at the Arboretum just got easier with our Plant and Garden Supply guide. This guide features retail plant outlets in 23 western North Carolina counties. Calling ahead to check on plant availability or request a plant in an upcoming season is always recommended.

The Arboretum is a member of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. and supports the horticultural green industry statewide through garden demonstration, education, conservation,  research and wise landscape management.