We’ll be arriving after lunch in the River Arts District to spend a couple of hours at the NC Arboretum. It’s a big place, so check out some of your options at their website. You’ll also have a map in your registration packet to help you preview your visit. The Arboretum recently celebrated its 25th anniversary (check out its history here) -- I've seen it expand and develop over the years, and have particularly enjoyed my recent visits as the gardens and trails have matured and expanded. You'll enjoy it!
The containers and plantings around the Education Center are always a standout and change seasonally. The Bonsai Exhibition Garden displays native trees of the Southern Appalachians, and is exceptional, even if you're not that interested in bonsai.
Lisa, Natural Gardening