The North Carolina Arboretum offers engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits focused around science, education, arts and culture. Rotating exhibitions at the Baker Exhibit Center provide interactive, enriching exhibits for all ages and interests. Exhibits featured during the school year are a great destination for field trips and youth groups. The Education Center displays changing exhibits throughout the year by regional artists and craftsmen that highlight the region’s rich cultural and crafts heritage.

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Events

From plant shows, to special lectures, to youth programs, the Arboretum offers a wide-variety of events throughout the year for both visitors and Arboretum members.

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2021 Asheville Orchid Festival & Carolina Bonsai Expo *CANCELED*

After careful consideration, the Arboretum has made the difficult decision to cancel both the Asheville Orchid Festival and the Carolina Bonsai Expo in 2021 due to continuing public safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are disappointed that we cannot safely put on these programs in 2021, we look forward to hosting them again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the Arboretum and our partners continue to look for ways to celebrate these unique and elegant botanical specimens in 2021 and beyond.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and ongoing support during this time.

Traveling Rental Exhibitions

Wicked Plants

The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular traveling exhibit, Wicked Plants, is inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities.” This widely-popular exhibit is a perfect rental for museums, public gardens and other institutions seeking an fun, interactive crowd pleaser for older youth and adults. 

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Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance

The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to introduce its newest traveling exhibit, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance®. Blending flora, fashion and science, this interactive exhibit will transform your space into a museum for the senses. Showcasing some of Mother Nature’s most fragrant botanicals, Making Scents offers a unique, innovative experience where visitors can discover the plants and flowers behind some of the world’s most iconic perfumes. Take visitors on a full sensory journey and explore the mysterious power of the sense of smell while learning about the unique artistry and science behind the fragrance industry.

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