The Gardens were started in 1997 as a resource to educate visitors on the diversity of plant material that can be used in landscaping residential properties. The gardens are comprised of a tree collection, five different turf grass species evaluation, bird and butterfly gardens along with display gardens. In spring of 2002 extensive planting included a perennial border, day lily and hosta collections.
The gardens are located on the grounds of the ag building. The garden has more than 235 plant species and will continue to expand from the J. C. Raulston Arboretum Collection in Raleigh.