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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

Bulb PlantingHow can you say "thank you" over 8,000 times? Well, it wouldn't be very easy but certainly worth the time to express it broadly to Brent and Becky Heath of Gloucester, Virginia. I've known these folks for over 15 years and way back then they were as generous as they are today. As proprietors of the highly respected mail order bulb resource, "Brent and Becky's Bulbs," they have single-handedly done more to further the popularity of these botanical gems as garden elements than many others. Late last year they made an enormously sizable donation of nearly $8,000 in plant value to the JCRA, and one only has to wait until spring to see the true size and scope of their altruistic gesture. Brent and Becky, we thank you! – Bob Lyons, Director

Behind the Gate

HFL GreenhouseWell, it's the middle of winter and there aren't many exciting things in the nursery. Most of the plants are dormant and tucked away for the winter. We do however, have a bright spot in a section of the newly constructed glass greenhouse range. As you may know Bob Lyons is highly interested in tropicals, tender perennials, and annuals. His desire for summer color has brought us many new and different plants to grow and propagate. The benches are filled with Pterostyrax, Clerodendron, Stachytarpheta, Solenostemon, Ipomea, Salvia, and a whole slew of other colorful plants blooming away right now.

We have been growing the stock plants out this winter and will be sticking cuttings for the explosion of color in the Arboretum this summer. Bernadette Clark, Bob's technician, has rooted everything and we are currently fertilizing the plants so we can have nice flush of growth to take our final cuttings. So for now I will enjoy these colorful plants until you can ooh and ahh for yourself this summer. – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician

Gala in the Garden

A Special Gala Sponsorship Offer!

You may invite two additional guests to the Gala if we receive your sponsorship payment by March 15. Don't delay – send today!

Please join us on May 2, 2004, for a delightful spring afternoon with cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of many other distinctive items.

This is the Arboretum's main fund raising event of the year, and the proceeds support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public garden displays. Please consider a contribution of $1,000.00 and become a special Silver Level Sponsor.

The Gala in the Garden provides a distinctive opportunity to entertain your family, friends, and business associates, while strolling around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling auction items. You may also enjoy the hospitality tent that is exclusively for Gala Sponsors and their guests. The afternoon will culminate with a delicious dessert social and an exciting raffle drawing held in the York Auditorium at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center.

For more information, please call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Planting the Seeds for Development

A Story of the Ol' Brick House

Brick House artistic renderingThere is a rather plain, two story brick house that sits near the old entrance of the Arboretum. JCRA volunteers may fondly remember the hours they spent chatting with others while they stuffed invitations for the gala or placed labels on newsletters. NC State horticultural students may remember the many hours of study and classroom instruction that took place in the little brick house – instruction that lead to their life's vocation and, in many cases, their life's passion. This ol' brick house meant many things to so many people for years.

The unassuming brick house was spared demolition because of its history and the sentiment of the people who spent countless hours in the little house, but now it needs your help. We are seeking a donor who would like to sponsor this project and reserve the naming rights of the house, or a volunteer willing to lead a fundraising committee for the preservation of the brick house. For more information about restoring this JCRA landmark, please click on the picture of the ol' brick house or call or e-mail Anne Porter. (919) 513-3463 or <anne_porter@ncsu.edu>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of February

Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis 'Emerald Kascade' – weeping thornless honeylocusJoin us for a Walk in the Winter Garden on February 15, 2004 (lecture 1:00 PM and JCRA tours 2:00 PM-4:00 PM), or at anytime this month to see some of the finest winter plants for your garden. If you can't get out, at least be sure to take a peek at the weekly photographs of the JCRA by visiting our new "Now Showing."

Winter Garden (Bed E19, E21)
Agave parryi var. huachucensis – hardy agave
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet
Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki' – dwarf Japanese cornel
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' – bloodtwig dogwood
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' – winter daphne
Daphne odora f. alba – white winter daphne
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Rush' – golden paperbush
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Arnold Promise' – upright common witchhazel
Hamamelis mollis 'Early Bright' – Chinese witchhazel
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Iris unguicularis – winter blooming Algerian iris
Mahonia japonica Bealei Group – Japanese mahonia
Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden' – wintergold Virginia pine
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange
Prunus mume – Japanese flowering apricot
Rohdea japonica – sacred lily of Japan
Salix alba 'Dart's Snake'– contorted white willow
Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' – laurel viburnum

Nandina and Witchhazel Collection (Bed E15, E16)
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry
Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis 'Emerald Kascade' – weeping thornless honeylocust
Hamamelis 'Brevipetala' – flowering witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Diane' – red common witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena' – copper-flowered common witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Orange Beauty' – common witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Pallida' – common witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis – Ozark witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Carnea' – red Ozark witchhazel
Nandina domestica and cultivars – heavenly bamboo

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer griseum – paperbark maple – S06, S07
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass – perennial border, E36
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick – E19b, T02
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Lagerstroemia fauriei – Japanese crepe myrtle and cultivars – J03, W04, T09
Lindera chienii– winter spicebush – E11
Lonicera modesta 'Lushanensis' – Lu Shan winter honeysuckle – E09
Lonicera ×purpusii 'Winter Beauty' – winter honeysuckle – E09
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19, W15
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40

This show is free. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

February Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture (Part of the "A Walk in the Winter Garden" program) – February 15, 2004 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM- Unlike other FOA Lectures, this one is free for everyone.

"The Winter Garden of J. C. Raulston – or Why Hollies Should Come With Mocking Birds" presented by Larry Mellichamp, Ph.D., Professor of Botany, UNC Charlotte & Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Winter in the South should not be considered as just a time of death and dormancy in the garden. Actually, the period of expected freezing weather, from Thanksgiving through April 1, is a great time for enjoying barks, berries, buds, blooms, and bulbs around the home and in public plantings. The recent book The Winter Garden by Peter Loewer and Larry Mellichamp highlights over 450 plants that may be considered as having distinct winter interest. These are plants that are not just "nice in the winter, too" but plants that typically are at their best in winter and may be enjoyed without the weeds, wasps, and water-shortage-woes. This concept was initiated in the modern South by Elizabeth Lawrence in her 1961 book, and strongly promoted by J. C. Raulston during his time at the NC State University Arboretum that now bears his name. Larry has been inspired by both of them and believes that the idea of achieving winter interest should be promoted more in gardening as it opens up a whole new season for which to "plan – and plant for a better world."

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 15, 2004 (Sunday) – 2:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free
Sponsored by Barefoot Paths Nursery and Buchanan's Nursery

With all the winter delights at their peak, join us for these exciting guided tours at the JCRA. Magnificent Japanese flowering apricots, witchhazels, hellebores, conifers, hollies, winter honeysuckles, and many more plants will be showcased. Light refreshments will be served. Buchanan's Nursery will be on location displaying some of their finest plants with winter interest. The Arboretum Gift Shop and Book Store will offer all visitors a 10% discount on all book and gift items (in addition, members also receive their 10% membership discount). Self-guided tour brochures will be made available at the Arboretum throughout February for those unable to attend the guided tours.

Plantsmen's Tour – February 24, 2004 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

The JCRA Conifer Collection houses many different kinds of gymnosperms – Chamaecyparis (the falsecypresses), Cupressus (the "true" cypresses), etc. Join Todd on this tour as we will focus in only on the pines (Pinus) and Japanese cedars (Cryptomeria) that have successfully grown here for over 15-20 years. You'll learn that there's a lot more to white pines than Pinus strobus and that Cryptomeria japonica offers a wealth of cultivars for any garden.

Details for these events and all other JCRA events can be found in the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site.

Benefit Providers Showcase

Benefit Providers Needed!

For some months now we've been highlighting the benefit providers for the JCRA members. I'll continue with that again this month but now is the time to update our providers list. If you or your company have been on the list you'll be receiving the 2004 information soon. If you aren't on our list, now is the time to get in touch with me to have your name or business name added to the over 30 providers. This is a great way to show support for the JCRA and to increase your business. It's a win-win situation! So email me at <donna_walker@ncsu.edu> or call me at 919-513-3826 for more info or to have your name put on the benefits provider list. Thanks!

This month we're showcasing Pleasant Gardens Nursery, Ragazzi's of Cary, and the Raleigh Little Theatre.

Former JCRA staff member, Andy Upshaw, invites everyone to visit him at Pleasant Gardens Nursery at 752 Jay Shamble Road, in Pittsboro. If you're interested in arums, this is the place to go. Andy (don't forget to ask him about the twins) offers 15% discount on all plant purchases. You can get in touch with Andy at (919) 663-3725 or at <upshaw@centernet.net>.

Ragazzi's of Cary, the best kept secret in North Carolina, welcomes all JCRA members to take advantage of $2.00 off lunch or $3.00 off dinner with the purchase of any two of their delicious pasta, chicken, veal or seafood entrees (Monday-Friday only.) They specialize in good ole Italian food and – get this – have low carb options available. They have a full bar, beer on tap and a patio for fair weather seating. They have a kids menu available and children eat free at Sunday lunch (restrictions apply.) Visit them at 802 Cary Towne Boulevard on the Cary Towne Mall property. You can call Carl Paoulucci or his daughter Nicole at (919) 467-4075.

The Raleigh Little Theatre produces 11 shows a year, turning out a smorgasbord of choices you won't find anywhere else in the Triangle. There's something for everyone in the smart mix of high-stepping musicals, outrageous comedy, thought-provoking drama and family favorites. As for quality, RLT has received numerous awards, including 10 "Best in the Triangle" awards from Spectator Magazine and The Independent Weekly. RLT's six-acre complex is an urban jewel that includes the exquisite Raleigh Rose Garden, two indoor stages and an outdoor amphitheater. Located at 302 Pogue Street, near NCSU and just off Hillsborough Street, RLT is easy to find. Parking is free in the theatre's parking lot and the complex is accessible for people with disabilities. Sarah Corrin, Public Relations Director offers a two for one benefit – buy one ticket to any Thursday performance for adults or Friday performance for children (except for Cinderella) at full price and receive one ticket free. To get more information or for tickets, contact RLT at (919) 821-3111 or <www.raleighlittletheatre.org>. – Donna Walker, Development Associate


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