Joslin Garden “Open Garden Days” Announced!

City of Oaks Foundation Announces Expanded Open Garden Day Hours & Spring Programming

This year neighbors and garden enthusiasts can enjoy a tour of Joslin Garden on one of three Open Garden Days. Opening Day, on Saturday, April 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be followed by two additional open days, on the following Saturdays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Garden, located at 2431 West Lake Drive, was developed by William and Mary Coker Joslin and comprises more than four rolling, wooded acres, with an extensive variety of rare and native plants.

Owned and managed by the City of Oaks Foundation, the garden and Joslin House are being transformed into public garden in partnership with Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.  This will be the first time that the garden will be open for more than one day per year.

“This is part of our transformation of the property from a private residence to a neighborhood garden,” said Foundation executive director Chris Heagarty. “As we go forward we hope to have a number of other offerings for neighbors, such as a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt, and a Mother/Daughter Tea in the Joslin House.”

Out of respect for the neighbors, guests are asked to park on only one side of West Lake Drive.  Please note that there are no public restroom facilities on the property.

This gift of their home and garden to the City of Oaks Foundation reflects the Joslins’ vision that their garden would provide a place where environmental awareness and conservation can be nurtured through education and the joy of a deep connection with the natural world.

The City of Oaks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that believes in a great outdoors for a great Raleigh. More information about the events will become available closer to the days of the events. For more information visit or follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter.