Plant of the Month
Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston'
by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
J. C. Raulston was an early and vocal admirer of the genus Mahonia, distributing plants and trialing new species and selections for years before he passed away. The last plants J. C. planted at the JCRA were a group of hybrid Mahonia seedlings from Yucca Do nursery to evaluate. Now NC State University plant breeder Tom Ranney and his team have released Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston' named in honor of the Arboretum's founder.
Manonia 'J.C. Raulston' is a hybrid between the western U.S. selection M. aquifolium 'Golden Abundance' and the rare Mexican species M. lanceolata. The resulting plant is a medium-sized shrub with plumes of brilliant gold, fragrant flowers in late winter. Plants are hardy to zone 6 thanks to their northwestern mother while receiving their extremely showy plumes, to 12” long, from their south of the border father. Plants are highly infertile so don't expect fruits to form.
The plant commemorates both J. C.'s love for this showy genus of flowering shrubs and his love of the Mexican flora where he traveled to collect plants to trial at the Arboretum. Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston' is not readily available yet but we expect this plant will have a great future and should appear in garden centers in the coming years. Look for small plants in the Lath House later this spring at the JCRA.
Bonsai Lecture and Workshop
by Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Sponsored by the Triangle Bonsai Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
February 25, 2012 (Saturday)
10:00 PM–4:00 PM
Bonsai combines a three dimension art form and basic horticulture. Join Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, in this two part program as he discusses and demonstrates the art and science of bonsai. In the morning session, he'll describe the basics of bonsai design through a lecture and visual presentation. In addition, the presentation will include a discussion on selecting plant material suitable for bonsai and the basics of caring for a bonsai. During the afternoon workshop, participants will receive assistance as they design their own bonsai, prune their juniper to the design they chose, and then plant their outdoor bonsai in a ceramic bonsai pot.
Participants may register for the lecture only or the lecture and workshop. The juniper, bonsai container, wire, and soil are included in the workshop fee.
For more information or to register for this lecture and workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A downloadable registration form is also available.
Other February Workshop Updates
by Christopher Todd Glenn
A limited number of openings remain in the the Gourd Birdhouse Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2012. For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or email@example.com.
The February and June Propagation Workshops filled quickly. A waiting list has been started for both programs.
New Children's Program Coordinator
by Ted Bilderback, Director
The JCRA is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Overcash as our new children's program coordinator. Elizabeth has a bachelors degree in horticultural science with emphasis on landscape design and has experience teaching preschool children. Elizabeth started on January 30. Look for new Children's Program activities soon.
by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
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
Four new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in January.
Click on the image below to play the video or visit the Members Only section to for a complete listing of all videos.
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 below.
user name = jcra