Apr 20, 2018
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
"Life is Too Short for Boring Plants"
PoC: Charles Heatherly

Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
where he is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. His latest book,
Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide, takes his common sense
approach and a bit of humor and makes gardening accessible for any level of gardener.
Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape
and lecturing on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the JC Raulston Arboretum’s
vision of “Planning and Planting a Better World.” His explorations and speaking
engagements have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Europe,
Mexico, New Zealand, and throughout the US.
He has revised and updated the Propagation Guide for Woody Plants at the JC Raulston
Arboretum and has been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Carolina Gardener,

American Nurseryman, VA Gardener, and HortScience magazines as well as

The Mid-Atlantic Gardener’s Book of Lists.

Mark previously served as Director of Horticulture and Facilities at the Norfolk Botanical
Garden and as Horticulturist for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He currently lives and
gardens in Raleigh, NC, the city of oaks, near his wife and 2 boxers.