Friday, March 20, 2009

The NC Arboretum is Open and Enjoying Spring!


The Arboretum is not closing, despite recent reports circulating in emails, blogs and the press that may state otherwise.

The Arboretum is an affiliate of the University System of North Carolina. No doubt, all state entities, just like many businesses and non-profit organizations, are facing unprecedented and historical budget pressures due to the current international economic crisis. The Arboretum has already cut its budget 7 percent this year, reducing programs and positions.

Despite these cuts, the Arboretum staff is working very hard to avoid any negative impact to the public’s access to the Arboretum this spring and we will continue to do so in our new fiscal year, which begins July 1. We are continuing to watch the economic front and our revenue performance very closely from week to week. We are getting great support from the NC university system and from our local legislative delegation as the General Assembly meets to deal with the state budget and many other issues.

The Arboretum is looking forward to a great spring ahead and we hope that you will continue to visit and support the Arboretum. Here is a list of how you can support the Arboretum and a list of activities coming up within the next few weeks:

Support The Arboretum:

  • Make sure everyone on your social network is aware of this correct information
  • Visit the Arboretum often and enjoy what it has to offer
  • Consider making a contribution in the box at the entrance to the Education Center next time you’re there
  • Consider becoming a member of the Arboretum For an affordable rate, you receive unlimited visiting opportunities, discounts on programs, discounts at the cafĂ© and gift shop, discounts at other gardens and arboreta throughout the US, and opportunities to participate in special member events and social functions.
  • Become a volunteer. A variety of skills are needed, from gardening and working in the greenhouse to data entry and other office work. See the list and obtain an application at Contact Lynne Garrison, Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Enjoy spring with us! Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors this spring at The North Carolina Arboretum – a beautiful bargain at only $6 per vehicle. Vibrant spring colors bloom amid the Arboretum’s 434 acres. With 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, there are ample opportunities to explore how nature delights the senses at the Arboretum. Visitors can also explore a state-of-the-art production greenhouse, one of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States, and the popular indoor exhibit, “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats,” through May 10.

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