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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

November 2005

In This Issue

Connoisseur Plants

Celebrate NC Wines! Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Jeanette and Wallace Hyde

Gold Sponsors
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean and Directors: Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Ken Esbenshade, Dr. Steven Leath, and Dr. Jon Ort
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Century Framing LTD – Bobby Wilder
ClearImage
Karen and Dave Duch
Patsy and Hal Hopfenberg
Nadine Tope
Winston Tractor Company

Special Gift Sponsors
The Hayter Firm – Robert Hayter
Kathleen and Walt Thompson

Participating Wineries
Biltmore Estate
Chatham Hill Winery
Childress Vineyards
Cypress Bend Vineyards
Duplin Wine Cellars
Hinnant Family Vineyards
Old North State Winery
RagApple Lassie Vineyards
Round Peak Vineyards
Shelton Vineyards
The Winery at Iron Gate Farm

You should have received the information regarding our wonderful Connoisseur Plant Program in the mail recently. This is just a reminder to renew or raise your membership level to the Sponsor or above level and be eligible to choose among the new, rare, or hard-to-find old favorites that make up the Connoisseur Plant list. A member told me just today that she had enjoyed going over the list and had a terrible time making her choices. What a problem to have! Remember, though. Your check must be in the mail by November 30, 2005 to be included this year. And all donations are tax deductible. Here's a good way to get additional plants and to make things a little easier on April 15, 2006. Questions? Contact Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or at <donna_walker@ncsu.edu>. - Donna Walker, Development Associate

Celebrate NC Wines!

As North Carolina grape producers wrap up their fall harvest, North Carolina State University plans to toast the rapid growth of Tar Heel vineyards and wineries at a first-of-its-kind celebration at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh on November 6, 2005 from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Celebrate NC Wines! will feature wine tastings, a public-opinion competition, hors d'oeuvres, and music on the grounds of one of the nation's leading public gardens.

Those who attend will have the chance to savor award-winning wines from eleven of the state's leading wineries, enjoy notable cheeses and other cuisine, and preview culinary advances made possible by NC State research, says Anne Porter, the Raulston Arboretum's director of development.

Throughout the day, scientists with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their work to strengthen the burgeoning grape and wine industry in North Carolina and to boost related specialty crops and enterprises.

Guests will be able to buy unopened bottles of wine from Biltmore Estate, Chatham Hill Winery, Childress Vineyards, Cypress Bend Vineyards, Duplin Wine Cellars, Hinnant Family Vineyards, Old North State Winery, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Round Peak Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, and The Winery at Iron Gate Farm.

For more information about Celebrate NC Wines!, please read this event's announcement in the Calendar of Events section on the JC Raulston Arboretum's Web site. – Dee Shore, Interim Department Head, Communications Services

Coming Attractions – Highlights of November

Klein-Pringle White GardenAll the colors of fall right here in your own backyard at the JC Raulston Arboretum. The Japanese maples are gorgeous, and are growing such that one can be seen from any point in the Arboretum. Remember, fall is not only colorful leaves at the JCRA, but also stately grasses, colorful fruits, fall flowers, and more.

Watch for the following in November.

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Acer palmatum [Dissectum Atropurpureum Group] – red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' – Virginia sweetspire
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' – hybrid crepe myrtle
Lindera glauca – silver spicebush

Japanese Garden
Acer palmatum 'Oshio beni' – scarlet Japanese maple
Lagerstroemia fauriei – Japanese crepe myrtle

Lath House
Acer palmatum 'Oregon Sunset' – red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Gentiana saponaria – soapwort gentian
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™ – Encore™ azalea

Mixed Border
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana – fragrant winterhazel
Fothergilla major 'Beaver Creek' – mountain witch-alder
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena' – copper-flowered witchhazel
Rhamnella franguloides – crow's pillow
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

Paradise Garden
Gardenia augusta – Cape jasmine

Perennial Border
Aster oblongifolius – aromatic aster
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence Pink) – garden chrysanthemum
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Miscanthus floridulus – giant Chinese silver grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris – hairy-awn muhly grass

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' – purple-leaf Japanese maple – E47, E43b, and J2
Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Giant' – purpleleaf Japanese barberry – E41
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai' – purple beautyberry – E23
Ginkgo biloba 'Tschi-Tschi' – maidenhair tree – W20
Nyssa sylvatica 'Dirr' – black gum – W4
Pseudolarix amabilis – golden larch – E50

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

Research Technician Position

Applications for the Arboretum's research technician are currently being taken. Please read this position's announcement for details. The official posting and application procedures for this position (#42120) are listed on the NC State University's Employement Opportunities Web site. Interested candidates should apply as quickly as possible since this position may only be posted for as little as seven days (originally posted on October 24, 2005), depending on the number and qualifications of the applicants received. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

November Calendar

Celebrate NC Wines! – November 6, 2005 (Sunday) – 2:00 PM-6:30 PM – $35.00 per person in advance and $50.00 per person on the day of the event

Celebrate NC Wines! will feature wine tastings, a public-opinion competition, hors d'oeuvres, and music on the grounds of one of the nation's leading public gardens. Those who attend will have the chance to savor award-winning wines from eleven of the state's leading wineries, enjoy notable cheeses and other cuisine, and preview culinary advances made possible by NC State research.

The Arboretum will be closed to the public on November 6, 2005 for the first annual Celebrate NC Wines! event.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – November 17, 2005 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Creating the Tropical Look with Hardy and Tender Plants" presented by Doug Ruhren, Head Gardener, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Have fun and celebrate (the heat and humidity of) summer by creating a tropical garden. Do it the easier way and build it on a backbone of winter hardy tropical-looking plants such as hardy palms, bananas, and many others. Be surprised by a number of unexpectedly hardy plants. Flesh it out with a wide range of irresistible tender treasures.

Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.


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