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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2009

In This Issue

Thank You

A special thanks to all the members and friends who supported the 2008 Annual Appeal.  Many of these gifts were given in honor of Dennis Werner, arboretum director from 2005 to 2008, and he was very touched by these special gifts.  More than $16,000 was given in support of the JCRA Endowment for Excellence and the Master Plan fund.  Thank you for all the many ways that you continue to support to the JCRA!  – Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Welcome Reception for Ted Bilderback

You are cordially invited to a reception to welcome the JC Raulston Arboretum's new interim director, Ted Bilderback. The reception will be held at 7:00 PM, just prior to the Friends of the Arboretum Lecture featuring Pam Baggett.  – Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

2009 Membership Benefits Program

Don't forget to take advantage of the JCRA's Membership Benefit program. In these challenging economic times, these generous discounts are a great way to save some cash!

We are very excited about our newest benefit provider—Lendonwood Gardens in Grove, Oklahoma. Their Board of Directors have graciously offered free admission to all of our JCRA members. Lendonwood Garden's founder, Leonard Miller, Ph.D., was a friend and colleague of J. C. Raulston.

To learn more about the 2009 Membership Benefits program and all the other benefits your membership offers, please visit the Membership section of the JC Raulston Arboretum's Web site.  – Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions—Highlights of February

Acer negundo 'Winter Lightning'Even in winter our diverse plantings reward observant visitors with colorful surprises.

Lath House
Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy' – Ackerman hybrid camellia
Camellia ×williamsii 'Mary Christian' – Williamsii camellia

Mixed Border
Cupressus arizonica ‘Limelight’ – yellow Arizona cypress
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Sunburst' – common witchhazel
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' – variegated Himalayan pine

Scree Garden
Iris reticulata cultivars – netted iris
Narcissus (dwarf species and cultivars)
Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama' – Japanese flowering apricot

Visitor and McSwain Education Center Gardens
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' – weeping river birch – C07
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Winter Gold' – golden paperbush – C07
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' – Colorado blue spruce – Su7
Salix 'Flame' – red-stem willow – Su7
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Pink Magic' – Doorenbos coralberry – V06

Winter Garden
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' – bloodtwig dogwood
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick
Daphne odora – winter daphne
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Ilex cornuta 'Sunrise' - golden Chinese holly
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange
Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden' – wintergold Virginia pine

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa' and 'Sango kaku' – coral-bark Japanese maple – E00, J01, and E20
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet – E15
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Narcissus species and cultivars

This show is free. Visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

February Calendar

Plantsmen's Tour – February 3, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Winter Architecture" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. The beauty of many trees is hidden by foliage all summer long. As the leaves fall, the elegance and form of these trees is finally revealed. Join us we appreciate the subtle beauty of our tree's architecture during the winter.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – February 5, 2009 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Tropicalismo!" presented by Pam Baggett, Garden Writer. There’s no denying it: the East Coast rivals the tropics when summer temperatures soar. From tiny jewel-like cupheas to towering bananas, tropical plants stretch the garden’s textural palette to its limits, while also pushing color boundaries with their often incendiary tones. Popular tropicals like elephant ears and coleus provide months of tantalizing color and texture, but there are many other, lesser-known selections that can give gardens that island look (and without costing you an ocean’s worth of water). From grasses and vines to radiant foliage and flowering plants, tropicals prove that heat and humidity are assets when you choose the right plants!

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture (Part of A Walk in the Winter Garden) – February 15, 2009 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Beyond Dwarf Alberta: Conifers for the Smaller Garden" presented by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. While they are certainly majestic, few of us have room soaring cedars and large spruces. That doesn't mean our gardens have to be needle-free. Conifer selections ranging from tiny muffins to larger shrubs add weight and a sense of permanence to the landscape. We'll explore a variety of conifers suitable to the south for all types of garden conditions from sun to shade.

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 15, 2009 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for A Walk in the Winter Garden as we celebrate the winter season. Activities begin at 1:00 PM with a Friends of the Arboretum Lecture titled "Beyond Dwarf Alberta: Conifers for the Smaller Garden" presented by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Tours are scheduled for 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM and will highlight many of the Arboretum's magnificent plants at their peak during the winter months including Japanese flowering apricots, witchhazels, hellebores, conifers, hollies, winter honeysuckles, and many others.

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

Recent Members Only Additions

Two new videos were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in January and are now available for viewing.

Content in the Members Only section is password protected and is only available to Arboretum members. In order to access these special features, members need to know the password that was printed on the label of the latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included at the end of the e-mail with the latest monthly JCRA e-Update attached to it. The end of the e-mail is after Chris's signature line. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."


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