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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

July 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

Ruby C. McSwain Education CenterWe are now about one month into the terms of our new summer interns and they are all off to a great start. This year our student interns are entirely supported by private benefactors and/or sources which makes them even more special. Please say "hi" to them the next time you're here. Judy Morgan-Davis (not photographed) holds the Sudden Impact Internship and is working alongside our Interpretive Specialist, Nancy Doubrava. Heather Barkley holds the Jack Lamm Internship where she is guided by Chris Glenn in Programs and Education. Four other interns are primarily working outside in our grounds and nursery areas, including Jeff Jones who holds the Ben Anderson Internship, Derek Washburn is the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen/Alan MacIntyre Intern, James Lail holds the Raleigh Garden Club/Friends of the JCRA Internship, and Jeremy Rogers who is the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers' Association Intern. We are also pleased to hold onto Mark Blevins as a Student Assistant who originally worked with us during the previous spring. Their assistance has been invaluable and they are working in a terrific learning environment. – Bob Lyons, Director

Ways to Give Beyond Membership Support

Outright Gifts
Includes cash, appreciated property (stock, real estate), or tangible personal property.

Matching Gifts
Many gifts from active or retired employees qualify for matching gifts from their employers. Please check with your employer – this could double your gift!

Bequests and Planned Gifts
You may specify a gift by writing your will or living trust to include the JC Raulston Arboretum as a beneficiary. A planned gift is an incredible opportunity to capture tax-saving benefits now and leave a rich legacy for the future.

Memorial Gifts
What better way to remember or honor a loved one, friend, business, or organization than with a special memorial tribute gift? There are many opportunities – from an engraved brick, to a garden bench, or a named garden. This is a gift that keeps on giving!

Real Estate or Securities Gifts
Donors pay no capital gains on the increased value with their gift of stock or other appreciated real estate.

Gifts of Insurance
You may specify the JC Raulston Arboretum as beneficiary of an existing policy, or you may make a pledge by purchasing a new whole life insurance policy and naming the JCRA as the recipient.

For more information on these giving opportunities, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <anne_porter@ncsu.edu>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Rooftop Leaves

Concrete Leaf CastsWe are fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers who occasionally share their talents other than their gardening skills with us at the JCRA. Two of our volunteers, Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez, have combined a love of plants and a skill with cement to design and create a total of 53 painted, cement leaves, each with a copper insert, to be placed at regular intervals along a wall of the rooftop. These will function as map reference points when we install plants but also as a unique display of art on the roof. You have the opportunity to sponsor a leaf for $50.00. Each sponsor's name will be on display in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center for a defined period. If interested, send your check for $50.00 to Donna Walker, NCSU Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522. Be sure to note on your check "Rooftop Leaves." You may also give Donna a call at (919) 513-3826 if you would like to make a credit card transaction. Don't delay – there's only 53 and we plan to install them this fall. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Coming Attractions – Highlights of July

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' – pineapple-lilyNeed to revive your soul a little this summer? A walk among some mid-summer favorites at the Arboretum should do the trick. This month hundreds of tender perennials promise an explosion of color at the new Entry Garden and along the main walkway to the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. As the temperature continues to climb, the Annual Trials and Demonstration Area becomes a kaleidoscope of colors with all the new varieties being evaluated. One of the most popular areas, the Perennial Border is glorious filled with the flowers of canna, dahlia, hibiscus, daylilies, salvia, and verbena to name a few.

Another favorite sight in July is the sedums, including variegated blush stonecrop (Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn') and common orpine (Sedum telephium 'Matrona'). Other low-growing sedums are being evaluated in the rooftop gardens, as a part of a study on plants for green roof plantings. The JCRA is currently producing several other varieties that will also be tested here.

One of our native plants, summersweet clethra or sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), has many fine cultivars flowering this month. Pretty in pink? Then it must be pink summersweet clethra C. alnifolia 'Pink Spires' (Bed E24) or 'Hokie Pink' (Bed E37w). Forming a nice, compact mound is C. alnifolia 'White Dove' next to McSwain Education Center and the low-growing dwarf summersweet, C. alnifolia 'Hummingbird' can be spotted in the Mixed Border and Klein-Pringle White Garden. This show is free. We invite you to visit often.

Also watch for:

Aesculus parviflora 'Rogers' – bottlebrush buckeye – Southall Garden
Hibiscus 'Blue River II' – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana' – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Lilium 'Casa Blanca' – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Zephyranthes candida – white rain-lily – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Eupatorium purpureum 'Big Umbrella' – sweet-scented Joe-Pye weed – Conifer Collection
Hydrangea paniculata 'Webb's' – panicled hydrangea – Conifer Collection
Lycoris squamigera – surprise-lily – Magnolia Collection
Rudbeckia missouriensis – Missouri orange coneflower – Magnolia Collection
Ruellia brittoniana – Paradise Garden
Buddleja davidii 'Purple Prince' – butterfly-bush – Wisteria Collection
Buddleja davidii 'White Bouquet' – butterfly-bush –Wisteria Collection
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'First Choice' – bluebeard – Mixed Border
Tetradium barberi – Baber's bee-bee tree – Mixed Border
Hypericum bellum subsp. latisepalum – St. John's-wort – Berberis Collection
Hypericum henryi subsp. uraloides – St. John's-wort – Berberis Collection
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' – pineapple-lily – Perennial Border

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

July Calendar

Bonsai Exhibit at the JC Raulston Arboretum – July 10, 2004 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM – Free

Hosted by the by the Triangle Bonsai Society

All events are free and open to the public, and will feature a lecture and a demonstration by Arthur Joura, bonsai curator at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville and a lecture by Carl Matyac, extension agent for Wake County. Members will be available throughout the day to discuss any bonsai questions you may have, and to render first aid advice for a tree in distress. Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures and the demonstration. There will be a continuous display of bonsai in various stages of development, with critique offered by Arthur Joura beginning at 3:15 PM. If you have any questions, please call Jim Easterbrook at (919) 858-8871 for more information.

Plantsmen's Tour – July 15, 2004 (Thursday) – 5:30 PM – Free

"Yuccas, Agaves, and other Rough and Tough Plants" – No, you don't have to go to Texas or Arizona to appreciate "southwestern" plants. You just have to come to the JCRA. Join Todd as we walk and talk Yucca, Agave, Dasylirion, Beschorneria, Hesperaloe, Nolina, and perhaps a few Opuntia. Wear thick clothing, and be ready to get stuck a few times!

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


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