It's so important for everyone to have a plan, especially when it comes to "last will and testament" planning. Whether it's providing support for your family (wife, children, and/or other relatives) or your favorite charity (like JC Raulston Arboretum—wink!), you need a plan—so your dear Uncle Sam will not "inherit" all or a good part of your hard earned savings at your passing.
The JCRA is so fortunate to have many generous friends who have made special plans that include the Arboretum. Visit our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Gift Planning Web page and see who is featured this month!
Bobby is an excellent example of a friend of the JCRA with a PLAN! Over the years, we have featured a number of friends who, through their generous and thoughtful planning, left significant gifts that are providing support for our internship program, plant collections, lectures, and general support funding—all critical for the long-term financial stability of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
If you would like more information on planned giving, please visit this Web site, or call Sonia Murphy (919-513-0637) or Anne Porter (919-513-3463) There is never any obligation or pressure for this service—just good information for your plan! – Anne Porter, Director of Development
The JCRA summer student interns are on the job! We have four interns and a very enthusiastic volunteer. Robert Nichols is a senior in the Department of Horticultural Science with an agricultural business minor and is finishing a minor in political science this fall. Colin McCarty is a recreation, park and tourism sciences major at NC State. Rebecca Pledger just completed a horticultural science degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and will begin a master's graduate program focused on the JC Raulston Arboretum in the Department of Horticultural Science. Katie Perry is a Raleigh native but is an environmental sciences major at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. We also have Heather Ridlon, a plant biology and pathology major working as a volunteer to complete a project requirement in her curriculum. What a great group of students! – Ted Bilderback, Interim Director
Ardisia crenata 'Akebono Tai Ho'
Enkianthus campanulatus 'Chichibu Beni'
After hearing the sad news that Asiatica Nursery, one of the finest mail-order sources for rare plants, was closing its doors for good, we sent out a call to our members to help us purchase some of the exceptionally rare plants in owner Barry Yinger's collection. After a wonderful response from our members, I drove up to York Haven, Pennsylvania, for the first of Barry's open houses and was treated to an astonishing collection of plants. Barry's collection is known for his diversity of Asian woodland perennials, especially Arisaema, Asarum, Paeonia, and Rohdea, but I found a treasure trove of exciting rare woodies, tropicals, and enough variegated plants to satisfy even the most jaded plantsperson.
Barry has had a long history with the JCRA, leading the group that included J. C. to South Korea where Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' and Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo' were discovered. He introduced many plants through Brookside Gardens during his stint there and has continued to introduce plants from Japan, China, and Thailand as well as some American natives.
There is a limited time to still obtain plants from Asiatica, either ordering online through July 30 or visiting during one of his open houses every Friday and Saturday until August 7. A visit will allow you to browse a large selection of plants that are available in too few numbers for listing on the Web including many one-of-a-kind items in larger, landscape ready sizes. Barry very generously donated a collection of Ardisia as well as a very large, purple-leafed Ulmus parvifolia from the southern end of its native range to the Arboretum from among these treasures. Among the other wonderful plants we acquired was an incredible variegated Nageia nagi, several variegated camellias, a collection of Asiatic jessamine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), several sweet olives (Osmanthus), and a wonderfully blue form of the wheel tree, Trochodendron aralioides. See table to the right for the complete list. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
The Annual Color Trials are a kaleidoscope of colors now in a new location behind the Mixed Border. Other hot spots not to be missed include The Geophyte Border and the Perennial Border.
Aralia elata 'Silver Umbrella' – variegated Japanese angelica tree
Arisaema ciliatum var. liubaence – cobra-lily
Buddleja davidii 'Red Plume' – butterfly-bush
Callicarpa acuminata – Mexican beautyberry
Rehmannia chingii – Chinese foxglove
Agapanthus 'White Heaven' – hybrid lily-of-the-Nile
×Amarcrinum memoria-corsii 'Howardii' – amarcrinum
Dahlia 'Bishop of York' and 'Knockout' – dahlia
Eucomis species and cultivars – pineapple lily
Lilium hybrids – lily
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Hibiscus coccineus f. albus – white scarlet mallow
Kalimeris pinnatifida – false aster
Lagestroemia 'Natchez' – U.S. National Arboretum hybrid crepe myrtle
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Rose Creek' – glossy abelia
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' – rosy summersweet clethra
Dianthus superbus – large pink
Eucomis species – pineapple lily
Lycoris ×haywardii – electric surprise-lily
Agapanthus inapertus major – lily-of-the-Nile
Dahlia cultivars – dahlia
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' – pineapple lily
Hibiscus species and cultivars – hibiscus
Leucanthemum ×superbum 'Becky' – Shasta daisy
Phlox paniculata 'John Farick' – garden phlox
Rudbeckia maxima – great coneflower
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' – blue anise sage
Agave salmiana – pulque agave
Scree Garden and Xeric Garden
Abelia chinensis – Chinese abelia
Agave species and cultivars – century plant
Allium 'Millenium' – onion
Aloe cooperi – Cooper's grass aloe
Baptisia simplicifolia – wild-indigo
Buddleja davidii 'Evil Ways' – butterfly-bush
Callistemon brachyandrus – prickly bottlebrush
Penstemon richardsonii – beardtongue
Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in July at the JCRA.
It's your garden. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Guided Tours – July 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2010 (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 – July 13, 2010 (Tuesday) – 9:00 AM – Free
"Taiwan's Treasures" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Recent plant collecting trips to Taiwan have opened our eyes to the wealth of garden plants growing in Taiwan. We'll look at both the JCRA's newest collections as well as some plants that have been growing in our garden for years.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – July 29, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"Peaches of North Carolina—What Could be Finer" presented by Mike Parker, Associate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. This presentation will discuss the rich history of peach production in North Carolina and what it takes to successfully grow peaches. Mike will cover some of the basics of where peaches do grow and can grow. He will also talk about some of the newer and unique characteristics of peaches that are now being sold. The evening will end with a tasting of different cultivars of North Carolina grown peaches, sure to please all!
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.
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