JC Raulston Arboretum will celebrate gardens and everything they contain – from the blooms to the bugs – this Saturday with its fifth annual Raulston Blooms.

The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the arboretum, which is at 4415 Beryl Rd., near the State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 for families and $5 for individuals. The day includes a variety of activities for all ages.

There will be garden and nature programs; outdoor games; and plants and garden decor for sale. NC State Entomology Graduate Student Association will be there with information about bugs and bees. And there will be a chicken or two to pet. You can bring your own picnic or buy something from on-site food trucks and NC State’s Howling Cow ice cream.

Visitors also will get a chance to cast a ballot in the 17th annual Birdhouse Competition, with categories for kids to adults.

JC Raulston is considered one of the top teaching gardens in the southeast. It is absolutely beautiful right now with many things in bloom. Check out the image gallery and video.

JC Raulston’s website has more information about Saturday’s event.

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