Juniper Level Botanic Garden Open Near Meredith


A waterfall and wooded path
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Juniper Level Botanic Garden (JLBG), located about 30 minutes from Meredith College, will open eight weekends during winter 2021 for public viewing. Admission is free for anyone.


Winter visitations are Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7. Friday and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. JLBG will be adhering to all state protocols regarding stopping the spread of COVID-19. There will also be spring 2021 open garden days beginning in late April.


Established in 1988, the nonprofit Juniper Level Botanic Garden has expanded into a 28-acre conservation garden with the ongoing mission of discovering, growing and studying various plants. The garden was a $7.5 million gift to North Carolina State University.


“Currently, we have just over 27,000 different kinds of plants,” says founder and benefactor Tony Avent. “That makes our botanic garden one of the top five collections in the United States.” He adds, “There are so many incredible plants in the garden in the winter, both for form, for texture and in flower. [There are] wonderful things from broadleaf evergreens to conifers to evergreen perennials. A garden doesn’t have to be a flat pallet of mulch in the wintertime.”


The garden is located at 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh. Visit www.jlbg.org for more information.


By Rania Abushakra, Contributing Writer

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