At some point most gardeners have tried the deliciously scented evergreen Daphne odora. While many people have mixed results with this sometimes temperamental winter daphne, a much easier garden plant is its deciduous relative, Daphne genkwa. The lilac daphne as it is often known flowers in March with sprays of lavender flowers along its stems. Although some sources report the flowers as fragrant, any scent you may find will be faint. As the flowers fade, 3" silky, green leaves emerge to cover the plant in fresh spring foliage. Bright red fruits are sometimes formed in mid-summer adding to the overall charms of this exceptional small (3' by 3') shrub. Lilac daphne is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Since all parts of the plant are poisonous, I would not recommend self-medicating. It grows best in full sun with a well-drained, moderately moist soil, but will tolerate some shade. Check out our Daphne genkwa in the Winter Garden. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
The spring, summer, and year round help from student interns is not only an important academic gardening experience for the students, but it is also critical assistance for the JCRA. The Arboretum volunteers and Tim Alderton are operating without a full-time technician assistant gardener position, so student interns are integral for all the new plantings and JCRA garden maintenance activities. Our wish list is for at least two student interns working full time this summer and then two students continuing through the next two semesters. This would allow students the opportunity of an enriched internship with training on pruning and other garden culture topics interlaced with the physical aspects of garden management. Ten thousand dollars is needed to fund one intern for the summer and throughout the school year. Thanks to the generous gifts and pledges from the Herb Society of Wake County, North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, the North Carolina Flower Growers Association, and Bobby Wilder, we are on our way to this goal. We still need your help to continue this vitally important program. If you are interested in supporting the JCRA Internship Program or just want more information, please contact Ted Bilderback at (919) 513-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your consideration! – Ted Bilderback, Interim Director
May 3, 2009 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Interim director, Ted Bilderback, says it all in his poem!
In the garden is a GALA Party.
O Look! Connoisseur plants herbaceous and hearty!
The crowd dressed up in festive hats and threads,
They come to admire garden plants and beds.
And the favorite choices in the auction wait,
OH YES your bid was just great fate!
Such thrill, effervescence, green treasures swirl.
Like J. C. – you can Plan and Plant for a Better World!
Details for becoming a 2009 Gala sponsor and donating a tax-deductible item are available on the JCRA Web site (sponsor levels and benefits and auction response form). Check out the Early Bird Special sponsorship offer. We've extended the deadline to March 15.
Redbuds and magnolias steal the show this month. Look for miniature tulips, dwarf iris, and miniature jonquilla daffodils in the Scree Garden and A. E. Finley Foundation Rooftop Terrace. Other March favorites including: forsythia, Japanese camellia, primrose, loropetalum, spirea, quince, and a multitude of spring bulbs.
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Cercis canadensis f. alba – white redbud
Magnolia ×loebneri 'Merrill' – Loebner magnolia
Camellia euryoides var. euryoides – mock-orange camellia
Pieris japonica 'Shojo' – red Japanese andromeda
Magnolia 'Darrell Dean' – Gresham hybrid magnolia
Magnolia 'Jon Jon' – Gresham hybrid magnolia
Magnolia ×loebneri 'Leonard Messel' – Loebner magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' – star magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Chrysanthemiflora' – many-petalled star magnolia
Cercis canadensis subsp. mexicana – Mexican redbud
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana – winterhazel
Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon' – Mellow Yellow® golden Thunberg spirea
Gelsemium sempervirens 'Woodlanders Pale Yellow' – Carolina jessamine
Spiraea thunbergii 'Mount Fuji' – variegated Thunberg spirea
Scree and Rooftop Gardens
Iris reticulata 'Natascha' – netted iris
Narcissus 'Baby Moon' – miniature jonquilla daffodil
Othonna cheirifolia – barbary ragwort
Tulipa 'Little Beauty' – tulip
Cercis glabra – smooth redbud
Malus yunnanensis – Yunnan crabapple
Daphne odora – winter daphne
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Arnold Promise' – upright common witchhazel
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Ipheion uniflorum – spring star flower
Other Areas the Arboretum
Cercis canadensis subsp. texensis 'Traveller' – weeping Texas redbud – W01 and E43a
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana 'March Jewel' – dwarf fragrant winterhazel – C07
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis' – dwarf green-stem forsythia – E23
Leucojum aestivum – snowflake – E38, WG 4, and T10
Rhododendron 'Yosinotsutsuji' – Japanese hybrid azalea – J06
Syringa oblata subsp. dilatata – Korean early lilac – E11
Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' – creeping veronica – T11, E19, and E21
This show is free. Visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – March 5, 2009 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols" presented by Roy Dicks, Writer. The garden writing of Beverley Nichols (1898–1983) has stood the test of time. His amusing anecdotes, poetic contemplations and penetrating observations capture the joy, heartache, and hilarity of gardening. Roy C. Dicks caps a decade of work on reprints of Beverly's gardening books with his new Timber Press publication, Rhapsody in Green, a compilation of short passages drawn from all fifteen of his gardening volumes. Join Roy for a presentation about Beverley Nichols, with readings from the new book, capturing the joy, heartache, and hilarity of gardening.
Copies of Rhapsody in Green will be available for purchase at the talk for $18.00 (20% of each sale will be donated to the JC Raulston Arboretum).
Plantsmen's Tour – March 10, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free
"Nothing but Needles: Pines and Their Relatives" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. The Pinaceae family offers a wealth of distinctive plants for the landscape from tall trees to tiny dwarfs. We'll look at this fascinating group of plants and talk a bit about how they grow.
Triangle Camellia Society Show – March 14, 2009 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Free
Hosted by the Triangle Camellia Society and the Raleigh Garden Club
Join the Triangle Camellia Society for their judged camellia show and the Raleigh Garden Club for their small standard flower show.
Schedule of Activities
8:00 AM-10:00 AM – Entries accepted
10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Plant sale
10:30 AM-12:00 PM – Judging
1:00 PM-5:00 PM – Show
1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Demonstrations (tea from camellia leaves, bonsai, cold weather plant coverings, and camellia grafting)
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture (Part of the News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum) – March 19, 2009 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free
"This One's for the Birds: Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden" presented by Bryce Lane, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Looking for more action in your garden? There are numerous ways to attract wildlife to the home landscape. By gardening alone, we create environments that all kinds of critters are attracted to. There is a great group of plants that have a reputation of attracting birds, butterflies, and other kinds of interesting insects. There are also gardening principles we can employ to attract more desirable wildlife. Come and see a comprehensive approach to gardening with this goal in mind!
News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum – March 19-22, 2009 (Thursday-Sunday) – Free
It's that time of year again! The great News & Observer Birdhouse Competition returns to the JC Raulston Arboretum with events scheduled March 19 through March 22. If making birdhouses is not your thing, then looking at them should be. The creations range from barrels of laughs to studies in craftsmanship and beauty. Pack up the whole brood and join the fun.
Open Day at the Joslin Garden – March 28, 2009 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-4:00 PM – Free
Please join William and Mary Coker Joslin as they celebrate spring. The Joslins are inviting all to enjoy their delightful garden, which is situated on over four acres in the heart of Raleigh. Visitors can explore the garden's distinct areas by following informal paths that connect a collection of camellias, an arboretum of unusual trees, a native woodland, and a formal patio garden. Naturalistic groupings of special native, cultivated, and exotic plants include some rare specimens.
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.
Two new videos were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in February and are now available for viewing.
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