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September 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy

Garden Conservancy Open Days Local Garden Tours

News Flash for Friends Over 70

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

September Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"It's the Soil, Stupid—Understanding and Unlocking the Amazing Secrets of the Soil"
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Thursday, September 5, 2013
7:30 PM

Juried Print Competition
Sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photography Association
Entries Accepted
Friday, September 6, 2013 – 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Exhibit
Monday–Friday, September 9–October 4, 2013 – 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Winning Combinations"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
September 10, 2013
1:00 PM

Children's Program
Garden Buds—Preschool Fun
"Apple Trees"
Friday, September 13, 2013
10:00 AM

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale
Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour
Sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00 PM–5:00 PM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture/Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Xeric Scree Gardens"
Adrienne Roethling, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 AM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Leaf Rubbings"
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
10:30 AM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Name That Tree!"
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Garden Bingo"
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Children's Program
Garden Storytime
"Grandpa Green"
Friday, September 27, 2013
10:30 AM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"WCPSS Early Release Program: Get Moving!"
Friday, September 27, 2013
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Cloud Watching"
Saturday, September 28, 2013
10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Cloud Watching"
Sunday, September 29, 2013
1:00 PM–3:00 PM

Children's Program
Take a Child Outside Week
"Seed Balls"
Monday, September 30, 2013
10:30 AM

Plant of the Month

Illicium anisatum 'Murasaki-no-sato'

Illicium anisatum 'Murasaki-no-sato'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Few evergreen shrubs are as rock solid performers for us at the JC Raulston Arboretum as star anise—Illicium anisatum. This species occurs mainly in Japan giving rise to the common name Japanese star anise although it can also be found in South Korea and Taiwan. Over the years, we've grown quite a few selections of this species and of other Illiciums including our native I. floridanum and I. parviflorum. Our collection now includes 27 taxa or different forms of anise from 11 different species.

In general, Japanese star anise makes a large evergreen shrub tolerant of sun or shade and most garden soils. In full sun, the leaves are often somewhat yellow-green while in part shade they will tend to be a deeper forest green. The foliage of this species is a bit smaller and more of a lustrous darker green than either of our native species. The flowers are greenish white and star shaped with as many as 30 petals. The flowers have no fragrance but crushed leaves have a slight anise scent. Fruit are dried star shaped seed pods.

One of our favorite selections is Illicium anisatum 'Murasaki-no-sato'. We originally received this plant under the name 'Koshuan' but apparently it came from Mr. Yamaguchi of Yamaguchi Rare Plants in Japan who named it (it translates to "purple village"). It has been sold in the United States incorrectly as 'Kumson' and it has been given the trademark name Purple Glaze. Ultimately, it will form a large evergreen shrub. In early spring, white ¾" flowers with streaks of pink are carried in clusters of 3–7. New growth emerges glossy, black-purple and slowly fades to dark, forest green surrounding a pale chartreuse center. The variegation on older leaves is very faint. New flushes are quite showy throughout the season. We have found star anise to be quite cold tolerant, surviving throughout North Carolina with little problem.

We are extremely happy to be able to finally offer this outstanding plant in our Member’s Only Pre-order Plant Sale in nice, one-gallon containers. Go to our Web site to see the full list of outstanding plants we’ve selected to offer you. Proceeds from this sale benefit the general operations of the JCRA. It is not too late to become a member and place your order. Order now through September 16, plants will be available for pick-up October 3–5.

Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy

Parking Circle

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

In commemoration of the 2012 10th Anniversary of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center and the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center, we're selling engraved bricks (brochure) through January 1, 2014. That’s only four more months to get your special brick on the circle entrance!

All the net proceeds will be used to support the JC Raulston Arboretum’s Endowment for Excellence. This endowment ensures that the JCRA continues to be a renowned public, research, and teaching garden with a strong and vibrant future.

What a great way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, and special people in your life. Your gift of an engraved brick is a wise investment and a lasting legacy. To order your brick right now, visit our Web site.

Garden Conservancy Open Days Local Garden Tours

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00 PM–5:00 PM

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Since 2006, more than $25,000 has been given to the JC Raulston Arboretum through the partnership with the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program. This would not have been possible without the gracious garden hosts who open their gardens and designated the JCRA as the nonprofit organization of their choice. A very special thank you to the 2013 spring and fall garden hosts!

Grady Gardens

Grady Gardens

Bryce Lane Family Garden

Bryce Lane Family Garden

Helen's Haven

Helen's Haven

Titus Garden

Titus Garden

This fall's Open Days Tour features the Grady Gardens, the Bryce Lane Family Garden, Helen's Haven (Saturday only), and the Titus Garden. Please enjoy these extraordinary gardens while supporting the Garden Conservancy and the JC Raulston Arboretum.

News Flash for Friends Over 70

A Great Opportunity for Making a Gift to Your Favorite Nonprofit—Like the JC Raulston Arboretum

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Congress extended the IRA Rollover legislation that allows donors to make tax-free gifts from their Individual Retirement Accounts to qualified charities. If you are age 70½ or older and you do not need some or all of your required minimum distribution (RMD) for personal use, you can make charitable gifts totaling up to $100,000 this year from a traditional or Roth IRA. While you cannot claim a charitable income tax deduction for IRA gifts, you will not be required to pay income tax on the distributed amount from the IRA and your gift can be counted against your RMD.

To qualify:

  • You must be age 70½ or older at the time of gift.
  • Your gift must come from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA account (funds held in 401k, 403b, or SEP accounts may be moved into an IRA and then used for gifts).
  • Your gift must be distributed directly to the charity by the plan provider.
  • Only outright gifts are permitted—no gifts to life-income plans.

For more information regarding this or any other estate gift planning, contact De Teague at (919) 513-2950 or de_teague@ncsu.edu or Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ ncsu.edu for more detailed information, including sample forms.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Swindell Contemplation Garden
     
Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita'   ×Amarcrinum memoria-corsii 'Howardii'

Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita'
hardy gloxinia

 

Aster tataricus
Tatarian aster

Sedum 'Ruby Glow'   Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus

Sedum 'Ruby Glow'
garden stonecrop and a monarch butterfly

 

Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus
butterfly-bush

Salvia oxyphora   Rhodophiala bifida

Salvia oxyphora
Bolivian sage

 

Rhodophiala bifida
oxblood-lily

Lycoris radiata var. radiata   Heteropterys glabra

Lycoris radiata var. radiata
red surprise-lily

 

Passiflora 'Purple Haze'
hybrid passion flower

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

One new video was recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in August.

Click on the image below to play the video or visit the Members Only section to for a complete listing of all videos.

Plantsmen's Tour Video - "The Summer 2013 Interns' Top Picks" - Tom Gargano, Ben Jones, Jeremy Sanders, and Ginny Young - Click to Play

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
password =

Your Membership Makes a Difference—Please Join or Renew Today!

The JC Raulston Arboretum is free to the public, but it is not free to operate. Memberships keep the gates open and the gardens in top shape. Membership gifts are the primary support for the Arboretum's daily operations and vital for its success.

Thank you for your support and advocacy of the JC Raulston Arboretum through the membership program. It's fast and easy to become a Friend of the Arboretum, and there are many great benefits for you and your family. Join or renew now using our secure Web site, or contact Judy Morgan-Davis at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu.


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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

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