Nestled in one of the most botanically diverse and beautiful natural settings in America, The North Carolina Arboretum contains 65 acres of cultivated gardens that delight the senses, pay tribute to the region’s rich cultural heritage and reinforce the importance of plants to our world. Strolling through the Arboretum’s gardens is a perfect way to reconnect with nature in a peaceful setting. Visit the information desk at the Baker Exhibit Center upon your arrival to learn more about the beauty and history that awaits. Visitors from across the world enjoy exploring the Arboretum’s exhibits and gardens, including one of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States.
These trees may seem small in size but they have a big impact in the world of horticulture and art. Established in 2005, the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden is a world renowned garden that can host up to 50 bonsai specimens at a time. Represented are traditional Asian bonsai subjects such as Japanese maple and Chinese elm, tropical plants such as willow-leaf fig and bougainvillea, and American species such as bald cypress and limber pine. Click here to learn more about the Arboretum’s 100+ bonsai collection.
Please note: During the winter season, the temperate bonsai specimens are moved into storage. A special tropical bonsai exhibit will be displayed in the Arboretum’s Exhibit Greenhouse in the Baker Exhibit Center, November – April.
Pollinators in the Landscape
From April through October, the Arboretum’s seasonal landscape exhibits feature many plants and flowers that attract and support butterflies. Learn more about the Arboretum’s on-going work to protect pollinators, including its designation from Bee Campus USA.
Garden & Trail Map
With more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens,The North Carolina Arboretum is a popular destination for nature-lovers and garden enthusiasts alike. Click below to learn more about the Arboretum’s gardens and to view the property map.