Juniper Level Botanic Garden


Juniper Level Botanic Garden, established in 1988, is a private, not-for-profit, research, educational and display garden (28+ acres) with over 23,000 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, Bob Cergol, Art Ticknor, Jenny Clarke and Doug White. Anita has taught the benefits and techniques of meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1992.

At the Center for Mindfulness and Nonduality, we use simple methods to loosen the grip of knowing while realizing there is not a personal self that is making choices.  We notice awareness/presence, as it is using open-hearted meditative inquiry, an attitude of not-knowing, silence, walking meditations, and community, just to name a few. We welcome what is appearing regardless of the texture.

Juniper Level Botanic Garden is an institutional member of the American Public Gardens Association and a living ephemeral expression of the passion and delight of owners Tony and Anita Avent.

Visit the garden’s website here.

Visit the garden’s Wikipedia page here.

Your tax-deductible gifts to Juniper Level Botanic Garden, through our not-for-profit endowment fund 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.