Magical Lighting Exhibition Illuminates NCSU Arboretum Nov. 6-17

One small part of Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
One small part of Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

“Moonlight in the Garden” returns to JC Raulston Arboretum for a seven-night exhibition

For seven nights in November, the magical lighting exhibition Moonlight in the Garden will illuminate and showcase JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and presented by Southern Lights of Raleigh and more than a dozen suppliers, the exhibition is a once-per-year occasion to see the botanical gardens and Arboretum at night.

Exhibition dates include a special Preview Night on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7-9pm; plus, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights November 8-10 and November 15-17, 2018, 6-9pm.

Said Mark Weathington, Director of JC Raulston Arboretum:

Moonlight in the Garden is an opportunity for us to light up the garden and share what a magical place the Arboretum can be at night. Children love being in the garden. One of the most rewarding aspects of the exhibition is the attraction of children, students, and people of all ages.

“Along with the colorful and festive lighting exhibition, Moonlight in the Garden is a chance to bundle up, welcome the fall season to North Carolina, dine at the best food trucks, enjoy the live music, have some hot cider, and roast marshmallows over the fire pits.”

Founded in 1976 and featuring over 7,000 different types of plants, JC Raulston Arboretum is one of the most diverse botanical gardens in North America based on benchmarking by the American Public Gardens Association. Now ranked in the top 95-percentile in plant diversity, the Arboretum’s mission includes plant collection, research, distribution, and education.

Said John Garner, volunteer project chair and President of Southern Lights of Raleigh:

“Nature brings joy to life and illumination at night reveals new dimensions of nature. Moonlight in the Garden is a huge lighting exhibition, using over five miles of cable powered by twenty transformers to showcase the Arboretum with the latest and best lighting technologies.”

Added Weathington:

“Children respond well to beauty and appreciate and enjoy something that just looks and feels magical. Anything you do that gets children out and looking at plants, gardens, and natural areas is an important thing. It’s a powerful way to instill an appreciation for the environment around them.”

Advance tickets are $10 for college students and members of the Arboretum, $20 for non-members, and $5 for children under 12. Prices are $5 higher at the gate, if available, except for children under 12.

Tickets are limited and advance reservations (online) are recommended. To purchase Moonlight in the Garden tickets, visit this link.

JC Raulston Arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh NC. Beryl Road is accessible from Hillsborough Street, across from Meredith College; Beryl Road is also accessible from Blue Ridge Road over the railroad tracks across from the State Fairgrounds.

Proceeds from Moonlight in the Garden will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden is sponsored by and fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).

 

Lighted stairs for Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Lighted stairs for Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

 

Lighted path for Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Lighted path for Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

 

Added Garner:

“We’ll have two additional nights for professional members of the community, including landscape architects, lighting designers, engineers, and other related parties. Continuing education credits will be provided by the NC Board of Landscape Architects to participating landscape architects.”

 

Source: Robert B Butler, RBButler.com

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