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January 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - Daphne odora

In This Issue

Daphne odora

Juried Print Competition at the JCRA

Wake Up! It’s Spring!

JCRA Internships: A Real Win-win Opportunity

Don't Be Left Out: London—Plus Gardens! Excursion

Something for Every Member: 2011 Membership Benefits Program

Coming Attractions

Hypertufa Workshop

Half-day (and and Evening) Symposium

Recent Members Only Additions

February Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Moss Gardening in the South"
David Spain, The Moss Farm
February 3, 2011
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Winter Favorites"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
February 8, 2011
1:00 PM

A Walk in the Winter Garden (FOA Lecture included)
February 13, 2011
1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Year-long Class
The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc.
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer and Board Member
February 20, 2011
2:00 PM

Half-day (and an Evening) Symposium
"A Passion for Plants"
February 25, 2011
6:45 PM-9:30 PM
February 26, 2011
(Saturday)
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Daphne odora

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Daphne odora is one of the most cherished plants for the winter garden. It has been cultivated in China and Japan since ancient times and its native distribution is now obscure. It is the most common garden member of the Thymelaeaceae, others occasionally encountered include Edgeworthia, Stellera, Wikstroemia and the native Dirca. The genus Daphne includes about 100 species of both evergreen and deciduous species and ranges over a wide area from Asia to northern Africa and Europe. It derives its name from the Roman myth of the nymph Daphne. Daphne would not return Apollo's affections and eventually turned into a laurel tree to escape his pursuit.

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Juried Print Competition at the JCRA

photography in the JCRA

by Monica Hudak, Programs and Education Student Assistant

Calling all photographers! Do you have an eye for beauty? Would you like to share your work with other people who would appreciate it? If so, the Juried Print Competition is for you. Adults and youth can submit original photographic prints made from images taken at JC Raulston Arboretum during the last two years. Distinguished judges will determine the winning images and cash awards will be presented. The winning prints along with the judges' favorites will be displayed at the Arboretum during the month of September for the public to see. Don't delay! Start capturing your favorite images at JC Raulston Arboretum today. Maybe yours will become "Best in Show."

The Juried Print Competition is sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas' Nature Photography Association. The show begins on August 28, 2011, and ends on September 30, 2011.

This competition is open to all levels of photography experience and to photographic prints only. There will be four prizes for adult entries: Best in Show will win $200, 1st place will win $100, 2nd place will win $75, and 3rd place will win $50. There will be a Best in Show for the youth category (age 16 and under) with the winning prize being $50.

Wake Up! It's Spring!

March 26, 2011 (Saturday)
10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Cercis canadensis 'Amethyst Mist'

by Caroline Richardson, Children's Program Coordinator

Spring is an awesome time to introduce children to the world of plants. Bring the kids and grandkids to explore the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. From fuzzy buds to buzzing bees, we'll experience plants, insects, and even soil waking up from a long winter's nap. This free program will last two hours, rain or shine. Please dress to be outdoors. Best for ages 5–9. This is a family program; parents/caregivers must remain with child.

For additional details and a schedule of the events, please visit the JCRA Web site or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005. Pre-registration is required.

JCRA Internships: A Real Win-win Opportunity

JCRA interns and volunteers

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Big thanks to individual and organizational friends of the Arboretum who have supported the JCRA Internship program. More than 35 students have studied and work at the JCRA since 2003. The internship program has become a vital part of the Arboretum’s support of students and our mission of education, plus the interns give so much back to the Arboretum.

Ted Bilderback, JCRA director, is in the process of advertising and interviewing students for the 2011 summer program, and the intern positions are highly sought after by many talented young people. The JCRA continues to need private funding to support this program, so please contact Ted Bilderback or Anne Porter if you would like more information on how you can help.

You may also give directly to the JCRA Internship Program at this secure online giving Web site.

Don't Be Left Out: London—Plus Gardens! Excursion

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Join Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, for a once in a lifetime trip to jolly ol' England, garden capital of the world. Departing on June 11 and returning on June 20, 2011, at the height of England's gardening season, this trip is really going to be something special. And YES, there are still a few more places left on the trip, so don’t be left out!

For all the highlights, including a private garden tour with Roy Lancaster, visit the JCRA Web site.

Please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

Something for Every Member: 2011 Membership Benefits Program

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Many local business, area garden centers, nurseries, restaurants, plus the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program are partnering with the JCRA to offer some really fantastic benefits—simply when JCRA members present their current membership cards.  For all the 2011 updates, please visit the JCRA Web site.

The JCRA appreciates the generous support of these partners, so please visit and shop with them often. And when you do visit, remember to present your current membership card, and give them a BIG "thank you" from the JC Raulston Arboretum!

Hypertufa Workshop

March 5, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM–12:00 PM

hypertufa troughs at Iseli Nursery

by Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, Lasting Impressions and JCRA Volunteers, and Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. In this workshop presented by Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, Lasting Impressions and JCRA volunteers, participants will learn to mix the ingredients, build a container, and release a finished container from its mold. For additional details, please visit the JCRA Web site.

Half-day (and an Evening) Symposium

Hamamelis 'Amethyst'

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

We're pleased to announce that the February 26, 2011, Half-day Symposium is now a Half-day (and an Evening) Symposium. We've added a fourth speaker on Friday evening (February 25). Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, is presenting "Plants to the People: 35 Years of Collecting, Evaluating, and Distributing Plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum" at 7:30 PM. Early registration ends on January 31, 2011, and late registration begins on February 1, 2011. As of Saturday, January 29, 2011, there are approximately 30 seats remaining. For all the details, please visit the JCRA Web site.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Winter Garden
     
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Sunburst'   Camellia ×vernalis 'Egao Corkscrew'

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Sunburst'
common witchhazel

 

Camellia ×vernalis 'Egao Corkscrew'
hybrid camellia

Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'   Iris reticulata 'Spring Time'

Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'
Japanese flowering apricot

 

Iris reticulata 'Spring Time'
netted iris

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Diane'   Cornus mas 'Spring Glow'

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Diane'
red common witchhazel

 

Cornus mas 'Spring Glow'
Cornelian cherry

Helleborus   Nothoscordum sellowianum

Helleborus
hellebore

 

Nothoscordum sellowianum
false yellow crocus

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in February at the Arboretum.

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Three new video were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in January.

The video section on the site is being reworked and improved. The videos now use a new video player that should be easier to use. It's HTML5 and Flash enabled so it should play on all current browsers with ease. And, significantly higher bitrates (quality) were used in the creation of the videos. If you experience poor quality/jerky video quality, please close other programs, try a different Web browser, and pauses video until more of the video has downloaded or try playing it on a different computer. Please report any problems to Chris Glenn.

FOA Lecture Video - What's Happening at the JC Raulston Arboretum: New Plants, New Gardens, New Collections - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - January 6, 2011

FOA Lecture Video - Gardens and Wilds of Oregon (and an Itty Bitty Piece of California) - Tim Alderton, Research Technician - January 20, 2011

FOA Lecture Video - Gardens and Wilds of Oregon (and an Itty Bitty Piece of California) - Tim Alderton, Research Technician - January 20, 2011

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 (use all lower case letters) of the latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included directly in the e-mailed version of the e-Update.

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Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

(919) 515-3132

www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum