The North Carolina Arboretum Society is grateful for those who wish to make gifts in honor or in memory of a friend, family member or loved one. It is our privilege to provide a place of remembrance and respect for someone special to you.

The Society acknowledges each contribution and provides a letter of notification to a specified family member/tribute contact or the individual in whose name the tribute has been established. Contributions to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Unrestricted Tribute Gifts

“Unrestricted” or general tribute gifts range from $10 to $1,999 and support a wide variety of Arboretum programs, projects and activities, including gardens, trails and conservation and education programs.

Designated Tribute Gifts

For donation levels starting at $2,000, our Tribute Program offers opportunities for the designation of trees and benches with a commemorative label in honor or in memory of your friend, family member or loved one.

How to Designate a Tribute

The following guide will help you choose how you can honor a friend, family member or loved one.

Tribute Trees

The Arboretum staff has carefully selected existing, established trees at the Arboretum for this program. Tribute trees are available for designation at the $2,000 and above level.

Tribute Furnishings

Planned furnishings, selected by our staff for their beauty and durability, are available for designation at $2,500 and above level.

Additional Tribute and Naming Opportunities

If you have a specialized tribute idea (for example, a tribute focused on art, trails, or water features), our staff is always available to work with you to explore other appropriate tribute opportunities. Most of these specialized tribute options range from $5,000 to $25,000 or more.

Learn more or make a tribute gift today.

For more information about honoring or remembering a special person, please contact Winnie Hough, Community Partner and Tribute Program Manager, at 828.665.2492 ext. 210 or

Established Tributes

Listings of designated tributes are available at the Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center visitor information desks during normal building hours. If you need additional information to locate a tribute on-site, please contact the Tribute Program Manager before your visit for assistance.

Policy on Cremated Ashes

Scattering of cremated ashes, in a symbolic gesture using no more than a pinch of ashes, is permitted upon prior agreement with the Tribute Program Manager. Unless part of a memorial tree designation, the Arboretum requests that these ashes be scattered in the forested areas away from the cultivated gardens.