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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2009

In This Issue

Green Industry Reunion

Japanese GardenDo you remember the good ol' days? If you do remember, then Ted Bilderback invites you and your green industry friends to spread the word! On Friday, October 9, 2009, beginning at 5:00 PM, there will be a Green Industry Reunion at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

If you were a student in the Department of Horticultural Science or if you work in the green industry and have a JC Raulston Arboretum connection, then you are invited! Enjoy fun, food (ribs, chicken, and all the fixings by Skip Warrick's cooking crew and Side Street Café), and fellowship with friends, college buddies, and colleagues. Reminisce about the good old days, and see how the JCRA has changed. – Anne Porter, Director of Development, and Ted Bilderback, Interim Director

Garden Writing Workshop

"Inspired Garden Writing for a Word-weary World"
Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer, Lecturer, and Photographer

November 7, 2009 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
November 8, 2009 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

The modern world is filled with words we're obliged to read: monthly bills, traffic tickets, insurance policies. Almost without being aware of it, our eyes take in advertisements, news articles, junk mail pamphlets. An incessant barrage of dull information threatens the very notion of reading for pleasure, of being captivated by a flow of words that floods our senses and shakes them awake. Well-crafted garden writing inspires and satisfies readers, while lifeless prose dooms your work to the recycle bin.

In this weekend workshop, Pam Baggett teaches the tools of the garden writer's trade, as well as techniques for developing your unique and eloquent voice. Through lecture and in-class writing prompts, you will learn to craft prose that embraces fresh imagery, eschews cliché, and sizzles with energy and originality. We will be using the classrooms and gardens of the JC Raulston Arboretum. – Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer, Lecturer, and Photographer

October Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution – October 3, 2009 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM – Free for members (members only event)

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants are freely given away to the Arboretum's members. A list of available plants will be posted on the Arboretum's Web site the week of the event.

Even if you are new to the JCRA or your membership has expired, you may join or renew the morning of the plant giveaway. Come early, join today, and take home some great plants.

Guided Tours – October 4 and 11, 2009 (Sundays) – 2:00 PM – Free

We invite you and your friends to join us for free guided tours through the Arboretum. Learn about the Arboretum's history, plants, and more. Tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday (with few exceptions) at 2:00 PM from March-October. Tours are led by a dedicated group of volunteers and last approximately one hour (rain or shine).

Plantsmen's Tour – October 6, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Looking Back" led by Ted Bilderback, Interim Directors. Plants, places, and remnants remembered are the focus of Ted's tour in the JC Raulston Arboretum. Stories about the old classroom building, the dirt on digging and transplanting trees and other October-inspired ideas.

Green Industry Reunion – October 9, 2009 (Friday) – 5:00 PM-9:00 PM – Free for members, $50.00 per person (includes an individual membership (or membership credit), dinner, and video)

Sponsored by Pender Nursery, Inc.

If you were a student in the Department of Horticultural Science or if you work in the green industry and have a JC Raulston Arboretum connection, then you are invited! Enjoy fun, food (ribs, chicken, and all the fixings by Skip Warrick's cooking crew and Side Street Café), and fellowship with friends, college buddies, and colleagues. Reminisce about the good old days, and see how the JCRA has changed.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 29, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"A Biltmore Estate Adventure: Exploring the Past and Present" presented by Brian E. Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Take a trip back in time to the 1890s when America's largest home was being constructed in the quaint mountains of North Carolina. The story of the history, construction, and function of Biltmore Estate house and gardens will be highlighted through the eyes, experiences, and stories of a former Biltmore intern who saw many behind-the-scenes areas and heard many interesting tales of myth and garden grandeur! This presentation will feature many photographs and documents, most likely never-before-seen even by the most frequent of guests to the Estate! Join us as we take a trip back into history and forward into the future with one of our state's and country's greatest garden and historical treasures!

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 September 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. If you receive the JCRA e-Updates via e-mail, the end of the e-mail is after Chris's signature line, not at the bottom of the e-Update itself. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."


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