Juniper Level Botanic Garden, established in 1988, is a private, not-for-profit, research, educational and display garden (28+ acres) with over 28,000 taxa (unique plants) and spiritual retreat center located in Raleigh, NC, USA. The botanic garden nurtures a two-fold mission.
First, Juniper Level Botanic Garden actively promotes and preserves botanic diversity by bridging the gap between botany and horticulture through plant study, identification, educational outreach, global plant exploration, and by selecting, breeding, and propagating new and little-known perennials to share with plant researchers, botanic gardens, and gardeners around the world.
Second, Juniper Level Botanic Garden offers a unique setting and quiet spiritual refuge for individuals, self-inquiry groups, classes, and retreats to simply notice and behold the impersonal nature of aware presence. Established by mindfulness and meditation teacher Anita Avent in 2013, the Center offers occasional retreats and classes facilitated by Anita with guest speakers including Paul Hedderman, Paul Constant, Jan Frazier, Lynden Harris, Bob Cergol, Art Ticknor, Martin Wells, Jenny Clarke and Doug White. Anita has taught the benefits and techniques of meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1992.
Simple methods are used to loosen the grip of knowing while realizing there is not a personal self that is making choices. Noticing presence, as it is, using open-hearted meditative inquiry, an attitude of not-knowing, silence, walking meditations, and community, acknowledge and embrace what is appearing regardless of the texture.
Juniper Level Botanic Garden is an institutional member of the American Public Gardens Association and a living expression of the passion and delight of owners Tony and Anita Avent.
Tax-deductible gifts to Juniper Level Botanic Garden, through a not-for-profit endowment fund at North Carolina State University are encouraged to preserve the gardens for future generations to enjoy as a place for spiritual contemplation, plant and medical research, plant exploration, horticultural and philosophical un-learning and community.