JC Raulston Arboretum Gala 2014 in Pictures

The JC Raulston’s Gala this past Sunday was a huge success. Gala-goers enjoyed perfect weather, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and wonderful company. They even got to mingle with North Carolina produce.

John and Jill Hoffman served as honorary chairs of the 2014 Gala, and Hoffman Nursery was a platinum sponsor. We had a great time and wanted to share it in pictures. Enjoy!

John and Jill Hoffman
John and Jill Hoffman served as honorary chairs of the Gala. As visitors arrived at the garden, they were greeted by the Hoffmans and their fellow hosts.
NC Commodities with Ted Bilderback
NC commodities joined the party, accompanied by Dr. Ted Bilderback, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Dr. Bilderback is retiring, so this was his last Gala as director. We’ve enjoyed working with him and wish him well.
Plant people enjoying Gala
Dr. Richard Olsen, Research Geneticist at the US National Arboretum; Dr. Jared Barnes, NCSU post-doctoral student in horticulture; and Richard’s wife, Erin Olsen (L-R) enjoy catching up together.
John Hoffman and Jim Deal
Two nurserymen who know how to enjoy Gala: John Hoffman, President of Hoffman Nursery and Jim Deal, President of Pender Nursery.
NC watermelon and truck
The NC watermelon highlights the vintage truck filled with NC produce.
Jessica Smith and Scott Epps
Jessica Smith and Scott Epps relax in the sponsors’ tent. Jessica is Hoffman Nursery’s propagation coordinator, and Scott is our nursery manager.
Donated grasses
Hoffman Nursery donated several grasses to the Gala’s silent auction. This group consisted of Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’, a new Little Bluestem cultivar we love. Proceeds from the auction benefit the arboretum.
Former JCRA directors
Three former directors of the JC Raulston Arboretum gather at the Gala: Dr. Dennis Werner, Bryce Lane, and Dr. Bob Lyons.
John and Jill Hoffman
John and Jill Hoffman pose with their favorite NC commodities (Played by Kerri Hoffman and David Hoffman)

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