Gala in the Garden with Hoffman Nursery

JC Raulston's Gala in the GardenOne of our favorite parties is almost here! The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University hosts its signature event, Gala in the Garden on Sunday, May 4. Gala is an upscale, backyard bash with fabulous North Carolina cuisine and cocktails.

Hoffman Nursery is a proud and long-time supporter of this event. We value the Arboretum and its mission, so we do what we can to support them. This year, John and Jill Hoffman are serving as honorary chairs of the event, and Hoffman Nursery is a platinum-level sponsor.

John & Jill Hoffman
John & Jill Hoffman, honorary chairs of Gala in the Garden.

Gala brings North Carolina’s horticultural folks out for a good time. We wine, dine, and talk for hours. All in the magical surroundings of the JC Raulston Arboretum. It’s an amazing place with plants from around the world and a treasured legacy from the late J.C. Raulston.

One of the highlights of the Gala is silent auction, with items ranging from the latest new plants to hand-crafted jewelry to design services. All items are donated, and the proceeds from the auction and the event help support the Arboretum. We donated plants to the silent auction, so keep an eye out for Cortaderia selloana ‘Blue Bayou’, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ and Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’. You may also come across trays of Carex pensylvanica, a fabulous ground cover for dry shade.

Another great part of the party? At the end they serve Howling Cow ice cream, which is made by NC State’s Dairy Processing Lab. They know their ice cream, and we look forward to it every year!

Gala in the Garden is a fun way to support the Arboretum and its mission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Gala in the Garden.

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