North Carolina Arboretum

Broaden your knowledge about landscape design, take walks on the wild side, learn about new introductions to the plant market and become immersed in the botanical and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians. At the N.C. Arboretum, there is ample opportunity to enjoy and take advantage of the many garden settings we offer.

Educational Explorations The N.C. Arboretum offers a variety of programs each month, including seminars, exhibits, nature walks and programs for children and families. Visit the calendar of events for activity listings and descriptions.

Volunteer Opportunities The North Carolina Arboretum has many volunteer opportunities which include interpretive guiding in the gardens, greenhouse and trails, grounds maintenance, assisting staff in areas such as nursery, bonsai and interior plantings, visitor services as well as clerical and library support. If interested in volunteering, call Patty Lyons at 665-2492.

Directions and Contact Information The Arboretum is located on a beautiful 426-acre site southwest of Asheville. From I-26, take Exit 2, go south on NC Hwy 191 to right on Bent Creek Ranch Road. Bear left on Wesley Branch Road. The Arboretum entrance is one mile on the left. For more information, call 665-2492.

ParkingThe Arboretum has recently increased its personal vehicle parking fee to $14 in order to help sustain new and future upgrades and also create more job opportunities. Commercial vehicle parking is $50, bus parking is $100, and the first Tuesday of each month is half off personal vehicle parking.