Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter
Fall 2008 – Volume 12, Number 2
Planting the Seeds for Development
By Anne Porter, Director of Development
Double Take...Anne Porter?
Yes, I'm back! Well, I never really left the Arboretum in my heart, and I have continued to enjoy wonderful relationships with the JCRA staff, donors, volunteers, and friends over the last two years.
Yes, I'm back. . .and I could not be more pleased! It is such a joy to have this new opportunity to build on past friendships and to make many new friends. I am ready to "dig" in, and with your help and support, we will make this a great year for the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Yes, I'm back. . .so please call on me if you have any questions, concerns, or if I can assist you in any way. My e-mail is email@example.com, and my phone numbers are (919) 513-3826 and (919) 513-3463.
2008 Gala in the Garden
Thanks to the wonderful support of the Arboretum's sponsors, donors, volunteers, friends, and staff, the 2008 Gala in the Garden was the best Gala ever—raising more than $80,000 to benefit the JCRA. The weather could not have been more perfect, and everyone agreed that the new layout was a huge success.
An enormous thanks to our 2008 Gala Committee, led by honorary co-chairs Laura and Larry Wooten and Mary and Claude Caldwell, and event chair Jill Adams; a sincere thank-you and hearty well done to Barbara Kennedy, JCRA volunteer coordinator.
For more information and to view the 2008 Gala pictures, please visit our Web site at http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/.
Gala sponsors and donors are listed on the facing page.
Special Recognition of a Special Donor and Friend
Aloha and Congratulations!
The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association's Volunteer Service Award was presented to Bobby Wilder at the 2008 NAADA Conference in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on June 17, 2008.
Bobby Wilder graduated from NC State University in 1959 with a B.A. in science education. He was a good friend of the Arboretum's founder, J. C. Raulston, and has been actively involved in the JCRA for more than 30 years.
As a supporter and volunteer, Bobby is truly one of the Arboretum's most treasured friends. Along with providing leadership and annual support for the Arboretum's student internship program, he has made a planned gift that will fund two endowments to support this program. For more than ten years, Bobby and his company, Century Framing, have been silver sponsors of Gala in the Garden, the Arboretum's main fund-raising event, plus he has sponsored various lectures and symposia throughout the years.
Recently, Bobby set up another irrevocable charitable gift annuity that will generously support the JC Raulston Arboretum Endowment for Excellence and fund the new Bobby G. Wilder and Jack R. Lamm Horticultural Scholarship Endowment.
Dean Johnny C. Wynne notes that "Bobby has given more than $50,000 in outright gifts, and he has committed more than half a million dollars in planned gifts to support the JC Raulston Arboretum and the College. "
Throughout the years, Bobby has served in almost every volunteer capacity. He has logged more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service over the last 15 years and many more hours before official volunteer records were kept. These hours include recording plant records, mailing newsletters, being a host in the Visitor Center, and serving as an historian for the Arboretum. The quiet giving of his time, his energy, and his resources to better the Arboretum is second nature to Bobby.
Bobby has served as an officer for the North American Rock Garden Society Triangle Chapter for more than 25 years, and has been recognized for his service at the local and national levels. Because of Bobby's many hours of dedicated service and his generous philanthropy to the Arboretum, our Visitor Center was named the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center this past May. He was recognized for this honor by Chancellor Jim Oblinger at the 2008 Gala in the Garden.
Bobby's volunteerism, leadership, and support have inspired many others to follow his exemplary lead. The JC Raulston Arboretum is lucky to have such an enthusiastic advocate for its programs.
Well done, Bobby!
Members Making News
A New Book by Mary Coker Joslin: Growing Up in the Brown House: Memories of Old Hartsville
Mary and William Joslin are longtime members and major donors of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Many people know Mary and Bill through their beautiful garden and their annual spring open garden days. The Joslins purchased this property in 1950 and began planting the garden before house plans were drawn. House and garden development spared native plants as much as possible so that original beeches, oaks, tulip poplars, and one persistent mountain laurel remain still. Over the years, the Joslins have accumulated an extensive collection of native and exotic plants. Some of the most treasured cultivated plants in the garden were gifts from J. C. Raulston, William Lanier Hunt, and Mary's mother, May Roper Coker.
The Joslins have made their garden a generous gift to NC State University. The garden serves as an extension of the JC Raulston Arboretum and as an invaluable resource for University faculty, students, and the community. In addition, the property is protected by a perpetual conservation easement that is overseen by the Triangle Land Conservancy.
Mary Coker Joslin grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina, in the Brown House, now known as the Administration Building of Coker College. The College was founded by her grandfather in 1908 and has been a primary influence in Mary's life. This new book of remembrances is her gift to Coker College in honor of its centennial celebration.
This is Mary's fourth book, and everyone is sure to enjoy the pictures and stories in her charming new book!
Congratulations, Mary—and keep up the great work!
Gone, But Not Forgotten
By Anne M. Porter, Director of Development, and Bobby J. Ward and Vivian Finkelstein, JCRA Volunteers
A Familiar Face in the Rose Garden: Harvey Bumgardner Remembered
The roses will miss him—as will all of the friends who loved this gentle, kind, and giving man.
Throughout Harvey Bumgardner's, Ph.D. , distinguished career as an NC State professor of poultry science, he made many contributions to the University and to the poultry industry. In addition to these achievements, Harvey gave freely of his talents to local theater and to the horticultural community. Renowned for his expertise as a rosarian, he was responsible for bringing roses to countless gardens in historic Oakwood and other areas of Raleigh. Harvey was the founding rosarian for the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, where he and Anne Clapp shared many fond hours as the volunteer leaders of this beautiful garden.
Harvey gave countless volunteer hours of service to the Arboretum. To further demonstrate his commitment, in 1998, Harvey established an endowment to support the JC Raulston Arboretum. In 2003, Harvey then gave a significant gift of real estate as a charitable gift annuity with the balance going into his unrestricted endowment for the benefit of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
This truly remarkable man gave of his time, his talents, and his monetary resources. He was an inspiration to us all, and he will be sorely missed!
Gifts to the Harvey L. Bumgardner Endowment to benefit the JCRA may be mailed to: Anne Porter, JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522, or gifts may be made online at https://ceres.cals.ncsu.edu/advancement/gifts/ (search for the keyword "Bumgardner").
Dale Henderson: A Special Friend Remembered
American horticulture lost a dear friend with the recent death of Dale Henderson of Virginia Beach. She was a mover and shaker in promoting horticulture and gardening excellence, known for her energetic work with the Garden Club of America, serving on various committees at the state and national level. At her Virginia Beach home, she was an avid gardener, attaining master gardener status, and was a longtime member of the Virginia Beach Garden Club.
Regionally, Dale was probably best known for the founding twenty years ago of the Tidewater Garden Symposium, an annual spring gathering in Virginia Beach of nationally known speakers. Plant explorer Dan Hinkley frequently appeared in the symposium series and remembers a primrose she gave to him, as well as to other speakers. Dan recalls, "Dale kindly sent me a primula to grow from her garden years ago and indeed we did name it in her honor. I thought it was a sensational plant, as did our customers, as we always sold out. A very curious bricky red and long lived; I think it was based on Primula vulgaris and P. veris. I thought it perfect in the garden with Corydalis solida 'George Baker'." Dan sold the primrose through his former Heronswood Nursery under the name Primula 'Dale Henderson'.
Garden writer Pamela Harper, of Seaford, Virginia, was a longtime friend of Dale and a frequent participant at Dale's symposia. Pamela remembers, "Dale was the heart and soul of the Tidewater Symposium. She was never other than cheerful and positive. Dale was generous with her time and with her plants. [Dale's primrose] flourishes in my garden, and I am sure in many others, as a reminder of a lady who will be very much missed."
Plant Delights Nursery owner Tony Avent remembers Dale frequently calling him to ask for advice and recommendations for speakers for the Tidewater Symposium, often planning it two years in advance.
In the 1980s, Dale and J. C. Raulston became friends and traded plants with each other; some plants had been earmarked for her, but undelivered, at the time of J. C. 's death in 1996. Dale became a member of the Friends of the Arboretum and, with friends from Virginia Beach area, attended Arboretum symposia.
Her friendship with J. C. and her love of horticulture and teaching others led Dale to establish the Dale and Thom Henderson Internship of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. The objective of this internship is to encourage a worthy student who has demonstrated an avid interest in understory trees and landscape plants to pursue a career in horticulture specializing in these areas. Donations to Dale's memory may be made to Dale and Thom Henderson Internship at JC Raulston Arboretum, care of Anne Porter, JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27595-7522.
The Quiet Gift
Marcia Winslow was an Arboretum friend in both life and death. A woman of energy, strong opinions, and commitment, Marcia volunteered in the late 1990s as a tour guide, welcoming visitors and showing them around the Arboretum. When her health no longer permitted her to maintain all her activities, Marcia and her husband John moved into Springmoor, and Marcia continued her support for the Arboretum.
In 2008, a decade after her time spent as a volunteer, Marcia died, leaving a bequest to the JC Raulston Arboretum in her will. This was a "quiet" gift, one she had established as a good surprise, without prior notification or recognition in her lifetime. When Anne Porter was notified by Marcia's executor of the generous and unexpected bequest, we all had to think back to remember Marcia, our unsung friend.
This is a mark of true philanthropy. She loved the
Arboretum and gave generously toward its support, quietly, in private, and
without seeking attention for herself. Thank you, Marcia. I hope there are
many more who, like you, will remember the Arboretum in your will, not for
public recognition, but because it is, in your mind, the right thing to do good
Guest writers Bobby Ward and Vivian Finkelstein contributed Dale Henderson's and Marcia Winslow's remembrances, respectively.
A Word About Will Bequests
By Anne M. Porter, Director of Development
Vivian Finkelstein so beautifully wrote about the "quiet" gift of Marcia Winslow. This is a beautiful way to show how much you care about a loved one or a loved organization. However, it is so very important that the will bequest language is written correctly, or your gift may not reach its desired designate. The correct designation language is especially important for the JC Raulston Arboretum, as the JCRA and most of its endowments are under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. , and must be specified as such.
If you are one of those "quiet" donors with a will bequest to the JC Raulston Arboretum, we sincerely thank you. We also encourage you to check the "wording" of your bequest.
Example Bequest Language
Bequest of Cash
"I bequeath the sum of ______ to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina, for the benefit of the JC Raulston Arboretum. I specify this sum for the JCRA Endowment for Excellence. " (example)
Bequest of a Percent of the Estate
"I devise and bequeath ______% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. , Raleigh, North Carolina, for the benefit of the JC Raulston Arboretum. I specify this sum for the JCRA Endowment for Excellence. " (example)
"If my brother John Doe survives me, I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to John Doe. If John Doe does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath 20% of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. , Raleigh, North Carolina, for the benefit of the JC Raulston Arboretum. I specify this sum for the JCRA Endowment for Excellence. " (example)
About the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation
In most cases, bequests should be made to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation to be most effective. The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation was founded in 1944 to aid and promote, by financial assistance and otherwise, all types of education and research in agriculture at or through the North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The Agricultural Foundation's Federal ID number is: 56-6049304.
If you have any questions regarding will bequests or any planned giving opportunities, please contact Sonia Murphy (the College's gift planning director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 513-0637. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the planned giving Web site at http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/advancement/ (click on CALS Office of Gift Planning on the left side). All inquiries are completely confidential.
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association
A. E. Finley Foundation
North Carolina Farm Bureau/Southern Farm Bureau Life
Pender Nursery (Jim and Kathy Deal)
Bland Landscaping Co.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Dottie and W. L. Burns
Century Framing (Bobby G. Wilder)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Dean and Directors)
Fair Products (Judy and Frank Grainger)
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Robert E. Lyons
The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation
Mary Ann and Greg Poole
Quality Staffing Specialists
Sears Design Group (Dan C. L. Sears)
Phyllis and Donnie Brookshire
Linda and Tommy Bunn
Claude and Mary Caldwell
Lew and Annabelle Fetterman
Fox Hollow Nursery
Garland C. Norris Co.
Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co.
Golden Corral Corp.
Gregory Poole Equipment Co.
Ray and Annie Hibbs
Jeanette and Wallace Hyde
Omega Property Group (Carolyn Grant)
Pittsboro Place Partners
Anne M. Porter
Anthea and Russell Tate
Turftenders Landscape Services
Wakefield Nursery & Landscaping
Georgina and Dennis Werner
Frank and Janice Weedon
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.
Rosemary and Smedes York
Bell Family Foundation
William and Mary Coker Joslin
Bill and Melda Lamm
Bet Pou McClamroch
Mary Virginia Welles
EZ-GO (Charlie Neuman)
Adair Gibson and Jeff Glutz
Pennington Seed Co.
Southern String Band
2008 Gala in the Garden Donors
Silent Auction Donors: Botanical
Boyd Nursery Co.
Cam Too Camellia Nursery
Campbell Road Nursery
Greenleaf Nursery, North Carolina Division
Highland Creek Nursery
JC Raulston Arboretum
Johnson Nursery Corp.
Monrovia Nursery of North Carolina
Panther Creek Nursery
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Plant Delights Nursery
Song Sparrow Perennial Farm
Spring Meadow Nursery
Tarheel Native Trees
Valerie Tyson and Rich Ehrhardt
The Unique Plant
Silent Auction Donors: Non-botanicals
Ball Horticultural (Al Newsom)
Black Cat Beads (Susan Hatchell)
Bonsai West (Glen Lord)
Bosetti Art Tile (Marina Bosetti)
John Buettner and John Dole
Marie and Tom Bumgarner
Dwen Andrews Cita
College of Agriculture and Life Science College Advancement
Conomara Designs (Jan Reist)
Mark D. Currin
Genelle and John Dail
Barbara and Eli Dechter
Karen Fullerton Dillard
Dirt Works Pottery (Dan Triece)
Dan Finch's Homes for Bluebirds
Dan Finch Pottery
Franklin Brothers Nursery
Elizabeth Galecke Photography
Designing Solutions (Brienne Gluvna)
Judi and Frank Grainger
Annie and Ray Hibbs
C. T. Weekends (Kristi Hipple)
jaGG Classic Wholesale
Jewelry by Artie (Artie Leaman)
Johnson Nursery Corp.
Kidzpiks (Aimee Bickers)
Joyce Watkins King
Lamaze for Believers (Pam Chance)
Logan Trading Co.
Robert E. Lyons
Morrisville Cat Hospital (Wendy Simpson)
Nature's Art by Sue Aldworth
Neomonde Baking Co.
One Chic Mama (Mary Michele Little)
The "Original" Owens Pottery
Page 49 Bookclub
Parker's Landscape Services
Anne M. Porter
Pure Expressions Photography (Aimee Bickers)
Raleigh Garden Club (JCRA Winter Garden Maintenance Team)
rani mustafa productions
Redwine's Plantscaping & Special Events
ROI Salon (Roi Parker)
Rocky Top Hospitality
Saint Jacques French Cuisine (David White and Janine LaBlanc)
SBS Teas (Barbara Tuson)
Swagger Gifts (Mandy Becker)
Tara's Photo Tiles (Tara Lee)
Valerie Tyson and Rich Ehrhardt
Paulette C. Van de Zande
Watered Garden Florist (Steve Taras)
Erica Bliss Winston
Johnny and Jackie Wynne
Z Enterprises (Tony Zajovits)
Additional Members Making News
Timber Press is publishing two books by JCRA members. Congratulations, Pam and Roy.
¡Tropicalismo!: Spice Up Your Garden with Cannas, Bananas, and 93 Other Eye-Catching Tropical Plants by Pam Baggett
Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols by Roy Dicks
The spring 2009 Friends of the Arboretum Lecture schedule includes Pam and Roy. Please join us for these and all other FOA Lectures scheduled for 2008 and 2009.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Bob Lyons, Ph.D. , was awarded the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award on September 3, 2008. The award is the highest nondegree award conferred upon distinguished alumni by the University of Minnesota. It recognizes graduates or former students of the university who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions, or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level.
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