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Please Join Us!

While we celebrate Arborcrest Garden’s 35th anniversary in 2024, we look ahead to the next 35 years! We are on the path to grow a sustainable, self-sufficient 501(c)(3)non-profit research and educational botanical garden. Since we do not charge admission during our tour days, we rely fully on donations and grants. Please join us as we PLANT:

Protect: Our 26-acre garden and 25 acres of adjacent woodlands are just a few blocks from downtown Boone and Appalachian State University. Our sanctuary is not only a refuge for humans, but also for birds, pollinators and woodland creatures.

Learn: During the past three decades, we have planted and evaluated 15,000+ trees, shrubs, fruits, flowers and vegetables as to hardiness, disease tolerance, and ornamental value for Zone 6 climate in our Blue Ridge Mountains. We are posting our extensive research online to be utilized worldwide. 

Amaze: Guests discover many wonders of nature with fascinating plants in our garden. We share the joy of gardening and inspire many to try their green thumbs. Our healing oasis delights all senses - guaranteed to improve both mental and physical well-being. Oohs and aahs guaranteed!

Nurture: Many rare and fragile species in our garden receive special love to thrive. We also care for humans by testing for the best vegetable varieties to plant in small home gardens in the High Country – providing fresh food at low cost for our neighbors. 

Teach: Our passionate garden guides enjoy educating both seasoned and budding gardeners, ages 5 to 95. Plants in the garden are labeled with the scientific name, cultivar and common name - featured during tours and in “best of” guides coming soon online. 

We are recognized by national and worldwide organizations for our research and conservation. Read more!

Three Ways to Donate


Arborcrest Gardens

174 Evergreen Lane

Boone, NC 28607

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Donate via PayPal.


Donate via @arborcrestgardens

Visitors may also donate via cash/check using our secure donation bins located in the parking lot or vegetable garden.

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