About this time every year I take a walk back to our Paradise Garden to check on one of my favorite plants. Gardenia augusta was next to impossible to get to live in my old home in the mountains of Virginia. I loved the flowers, the fragrance, and the glossy green foliage, so when I moved to Raleigh I realized my wait was over. However, there was one more aspect of this plant that even many of today's cultivars lacked.......terrific ornamental fruits. Our unnamed, single flowered types in the Paradise Garden have fruited in abundance each year that I've been here. The fruits resemble bright orange to red rose hips, a startling surprise on this plant. I noticed early on that those specimens that were heavily laden looked more like aquarium plants with schools of goldfish running through the maze of branches! These "goldfish gardenias," as I have affectionately called them, are in full fruited display right now....take a look at the accompanying photo, but make sure you see them in person on your next visit this winter! – Bob Lyons, Director
Not many folks have had the opportunity to see the JCRA nursery. It is spread out over the Horticultural Field Lab in a combination of greenhouses, nursery pads, and field nurseries. Our nursery is unique because of the many reasons we grow plants. We care for and grow plants intended for planting in the Arboretum; we grow plants for our Giveaway and Connoisseur programs; we grow plants for a statewide evaluation program; and then there are plants we grow to evaluate. All of these plants need space, water, weeding, fertilizer, and winter protection.
We are currently in the process of improving the versatility of our nursery by building a 96' by 32' cold frame over one of our nursery pads. This house gives us the ability to over-winter plants outside without fear of desiccation – an eternal problem with evergreens in the winter. We will be able to continually care for these plants in the winter – pruning, staking, and potting up. In the summer, we will be able to have better control over the differing irrigation needs of the plants and the frame will allow us to pull a shade cloth to increase our space for shade loving plants. The nursery is growing in size and flexibility, not just growing plants. – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician
On December 1, 2003, I lost my dear little puppy, Elvis. This was one of the most difficult times that I can ever remember, but my family and friends truly helped me through this sad time. My family sponsored a brick in little Elvis' honor and several very dear friends offered to do the same. I cannot tell you how much this gesture brightened my spirits. It makes me very happy to know that Elvis will be remembered, and I can find "his" special brick when I visit the JC Raulston Arboretum.
I wanted to share my personal story with you and take this opportunity to thank the many people who have supported the JCRA through their memberships and special gifts. Many of these gifts have been memorial or tribute gifts to a dear friend, a beloved family member, or special organization.
Last August, we dedicated the beautiful Manooch Cascade. Annie Laurie Williams sponsored this very special memorial to the "life and spirit" of her late niece, Margaret Snow Manooch. Priscilla Swindell sponsored the Contemplation Garden in honor of her two daughters, Courtney Thompson and Robin Bradley. Michael and Lynn Haley sponsored the Rooftop Vine Arbor as a tribute to Chip Callaway. These are just a few examples. There are many other JCRA gardens that have been sponsored as tributes or memorials, and there are many more gardens still available to be sponsored! Plus, there are benches and bricks that are always available for your distinctive message.
I invite you to read the special messages on the bricks, benches, and garden plaques that are all around the JCRA grounds, and I hope that you will consider sponsoring a tribute or memorial gift. I know first hand how much it will mean to a loved one or a dear friend, plus your gift will be helping to support the many fine programs, research, and education that the JC Raulston Arboretum provides.
Thanks for your support in 2003! Happy New Year! Here's to a healthy and joyous 2004!
If you are interested in receiving more information on will bequests, a planned gift, a memorial/tribute gift, or other JCRA giving opportunities, please give Anne Porter a call at (919) 513-3463 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development
It's time again for those fabulous winter delights. Witchazel, grapeholly,and wintersweet are now in flower, while the buds of the Japanese flowering apricot trees are starting to awaken. Watch as the first blossoms of the Lenten roses emerge in the Winter Garden and the Lath House. The Conifer Collection is now a delightful mosaic of blues, grays, and greens that is not to be missed.
Acer griseum – paperbark maple
Mahonia ×media 'Winter Sun' – grapeholly
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Rush' – golden paperbush
Helleborus ×hybridus (Ashwood Garden hybrids) – Lenten rose
Iris unguicularis – winter blooming Algerian iris
Mahonia japonica Bealei Group – Japanese mahonia
Prunus mume – Japanese flowering apricot
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Acer palmatum [Dissectum Atropurpureum Group] – red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' – weeping blue Atlas cedar
Fatsia japonica – Japanese fatsia
Nandina and Witchhazel Collection
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet
Hamamelis 'Brevipetala' – flowering witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena' – copper-flowered common witchhazel
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Pallida' – common witchhazel
Hamamelis mollis – Chinese witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis – Ozark witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Carnea' – red Ozark witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis 'Christmas Cheer' – early Ozark witchhazel
Nandina domestica – heavenly bamboo
Mahonia (Yucca Do hybrids) – grapeholly
Phyllostachys nigra – black bamboo
Mahonia ×media 'Hope' – grapeholly
Cercis canadensis subsp. texensis 'Traveller' – weeping Texas redbud
Daphniphyllum macropodum – false dahpne
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick
Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Miscanthus floridulus – giant Chinese silver grass
Other Areas of the Arboretum
Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ring' – purpleleaf Japanese barberry – E41
Betula utilis 'Kashmir White' – Himalayan white birch – E43b, S06
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Lonicera modesta 'Lushanensis'
Lonicera ×purpusii – E09
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19, W15
Prunus persica 'NCSU Dwarf Double Red' – dwarf flowering peach – E17, T01,T06
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40
This show is free. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – January 12, 2004 (Monday) – 7:30 PM- Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"New Plants from Europe" presented by Mike Buffin, Curator, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Gardens never need have a down time. Mike will explore some of the many new plants making their way onto the UK market and suggest which of these may be suitable for the North Carolina climate. Mike has traveled extensively through the UK looking for new plants to bring back to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, and he is always looking for new and unusual introductions that he can try in the south of England. This illustrated talk will cover herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, climbers, bamboos, grasses, and even hardy palms and tropical foliage plants!
Plantsmen's Tour – January 23, 2004 (Friday) – 1:00 PM – Free
"Cold Hardiness, Schmold Hardiness" If you've ever wondered what makes some plants more cold hardy than others, or how plants "prepare" and make adjustments for the oncoming winter months, then this is the tour for you. Join Todd on a tour of the Arboretum from the physiological side of plant life. Don't worry about being jargoned out of existence, as this tour will be tailored for the average gardener.
Details for these events and all other JCRA events can be found in the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site.
The businesses we're highlighting this month are Norwood Road Garden, Oakmont Nursery, and Outdoor Images.
Norwood Road Garden, a locally owned nursery located on 12 beautiful acres in North Raleigh, has a full range of landscape and hardscape materials, and design and installation services. They also have excellent customer service, expert advice, quality plants, and a large selection of stones and gardening materials. Get in touch with Michael and Hollis Bruton at (919) 848-1385 or (919) 368-3921. They offer a 20% discount on all current inventory of container and B&B shrubbery and trees.
In business for nearly 20 years (and the fifth generation to farm the land), Philip Dark invites all JCRA members to make the short drive to Siler City to visit Oakmont Nursery. Located at 9985 Hwy 64 ten miles west of Pittsboro and five miles east of Siler City, Philip specializes in woody shrubs and trees. He also has a large selection of viburnums. Call Philip at (919) 663-3607 or contact him at <email@example.com>. Philip offers a 10% discount on trees and shrubs to our members.
Bryan Lowrance of Outdoor Images Inc. believes a beautifully created landscape often begins with a foundation of distinctive plant material, including ornamental trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. With the use of brick or stone masonry and woodwork, he can custom design a variety of features such as a bluestone patio, bamboo fence or outdoor fire pit to complement and complete your grounds. Using a balance of horticultural knowledge and creative vision, Outdoor Images has the right tools to make the grounds that you dream about the ones you wake up to. You can reach Bryan at (919) 669-9886 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Visit him electronically at www.outdoorimagesinc.com or www.naturalbluestone.com. They offer 25% off rare and unusual Japanese maples and intriguing boulders. The discount is taken off the regular price of installing the maple or boulder in your garden.
Be sure to watch for your membership renewal, don't want to miss out on anything. And how about inviting a neighbor or friend to join the Arboretum and become a part of this wonderful organization? We love to hear from old and new members! I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday and a great new year's day. Here's wishing you peace and happiness in the coming year. – Donna Walker, Development Associate
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