Note: The JCRA launched a new Web site on March 1. Please visit us at http://jcra.ncsu.edu. This site, http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/, is no longer being updated.

Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter
Spring 2012 – Vol. 16, No. 1

Words from the Director

Looking through the Windshield, but Checking the Rear View Mirror!

By Ted Bilderback, Director

What are the director's wishes for the future of the JCRA? This is a fair question since the same question is asked in discussions with all the members of the JCRA Board of Advisors. My memories quickly go back ten years to Bob Lyons, who worked diligently to get the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center, and the JCRA Staff Building constructed. For Denny Werner, it was "all about the plants."

So what's up with Ted? It's got to be keeping the JCRA on the road, inside the white line on the right and the yellow line on the left. An appropriate example for being a road warrior and looking to the future was offered in the first sermon that I heard in 2012. The preacher talked about looking forward through the windshield and backward through the rear view mirror. He suggested that one should think toward the future and look to the past in about the same ratio as the size of the windshield compared to the rear view mirror.

In the last JCRA newsletter, I wrote about our new strategic plan and the four main goals: great gardens, outstanding educational programming, outstanding communications/public relations, and financial security. I saw myself closely tied to all of the strategic goals.

The JCRA has taken a couple of financial hits since I became director. In 2009, $72,000 in rental and event receipts was seized by the state in response to the budget crisis, plus there was lost income due to the downturn in the overall national economy. Then in 2011, the JCRA lost approximately $50,000 in salary support associated with university budget cuts. These are all good reasons for my keen interest in increasing JCRA endowments. One of my main priorities is to grow the JCRA's Endowment for Excellence. The endowment is an investment for the future financial stability that will ensure salaries for staff, provide resources to drive development of new garden projects and plant collections, and support daily operations.

A Quick Look in the Rear View Mirror

Another strategy for creating a strong financial security is that "quick look" in the rear view mirror. With the assistance of all the staff, I have worked diligently to keep good records and an excellent tracking system that has allowed us to review past revenue and expenses—;a critical tool for planning the future.

You might be surprised by what that "quick look" at our recent past revealed. The JCRA held 87 planned events that were attended by a total of nearly 4,700 people. We netted nearly $130,000 from JCRA sponsored events:

Workshops, children's programs, and other partnership events also kept the staff and volunteers very busy.

During fiscal year 2010–;2011, the JCRA raised more than $700,000—including memberships, major gifts to the Master Plan projects, event proceeds, and many other special gifts supporting programs like the JCRA Internship Program and Children's Program. This performance is pretty fantastic, and it was obviously only possible through the generous support of our donors, friends, sponsors, members, and volunteers who gave of their time, talents, and treasures. However, we know that we must meet this financial goal every year to survive.

A Look through the Windshield

Now make sure you have your seat belt buckled, as looking at the road through the windshield into 2012 looks quite exciting. Always a big deal at the JCRA is a new class of interns. I am proud of the JCRA Internship Program, and I look forward to introducing our 2012 class to our members and volunteers. The Friends of the Arboretum Lectures will again offer a full slate of fun with interesting topics and outstanding speakers. You will not want to miss the Plantsmen's Tours on the first or second Tuesday of each month as they will unveil wonderful visions into the private realms of many plants in the Arboretum's collections. Guests of all ages enjoy the imaginative and marvelous craftsmanship displayed in the 12th Annual Birdhouse Competition, to be held on April 13 and 14, as well as the JCRA Plant Sale. (Hint—members may attend the Friday evening preview sale and receive a 10% discount on their total purchase.) Of course, the big event, the Gala in the Garden, will be held on May 6. Frank Grainger is the 2012 honorary chair and Charlie Kidder is the 2012 event chair. I am sure that they will entertain us all with an extraordinary garden party! And last, but certainly not least, 2012 is off to a great start for the Children's Program, which features many new plant science programs for the whole family.

Something very special that is a must-add to your social calendars is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the dedication of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center complex. On September 21 and 22, great moments will be shared as we remember and celebrate with the entire cast of directors and interim directors of the JCRA. The only director who will be missing is J. C.—but we are fairly certain that he will be with us in spirit during this special celebration. The 10th Anniversary Celebration will actually be three events rolled into one. Along with Saturday's symposium-like presentations from the directors and interim directors, there will be a special dedication of the newly renovated Lath House along with a presentation by Tony Avent, first curator of the Lath House. This dedication will give the JCRA an opportunity to show our appreciation to Mitzi Hole and Mike Stallings for providing the major gift to make the renovation possible. It will also allow us to thank Frank Harmon Architect, PA, for the fabulous architectural design, Johnson Concrete Co. for the donation of hardscape materials, and to Paige Moody of Arbor Enterprises for the professional installation of the walls and accessible pathways. Again, everyone who contributed to the Raise the Roof Campaign, the Friends of the Arboretum, our Green Industry partners, and alumni, please put this on your calendar and join us as we enjoy this important milestone celebration.

Thank you for taking this ongoing journey with us. The rear view look showed us outstanding accomplishments, and the front view look is even more dazzling. I am grateful for the many friends who continue to give their advocacy and support. I challenge you to help us build a strong Endowment for Excellence to ensure that long after we are gone, the JC Raulston Arboretum will continue to be an exceptional place for research, education, and a welcoming green space for future generations.

Horticulture

Plant Collecting in the Land of the Rising Sun

By Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

The JCRA has a long history of collaborating with the Japanese nursery industry. Years before coming to NC State, J. C. visited Japan, and he returned several more times after starting the Arboretum. The JCRA has continued to keep a close relationship with Japan by hosting visiting Japanese nurserymen and sending our staff to the Land of the Rising Sun to explore the incredibly diverse nurseries and to trade tips and techniques with the growers.

On my recent trip to Japan, I was interested in getting out in the wild and exploring some of the rich mountain diversity, which I had not previously had the opportunity to see. Accompanied by Arboretum friend and nurseryman Brian Upchurch and plantsman Bill Barnes, we took off for ten days to the Far East in November to explore the flora of this fascinating country.

The first leg of our trip took us to Gifu and Nagano prefectures, the site of the Japanese Alps and the 1998 winter Olympics. In addition to our host, Taka Kobayashi, we were accompanied by Seiju Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi-san has been collecting seed in China and Japan for nearly 50 years and although in his seventies, was always the first to clamber up a tree or cliff face to gather seed. Our primary objective was to collect seed of Acer (maple), Enkianthus, Lindera (spicebush), and deciduous Rhododendron. Yamaguchi-san seemed to know where every plant is located in Japan and would drive us straight to our destination for some quick collecting, and then we'd jump back in the car to head to the next locale. He was determined to make sure we visited every spot, and he took us straight to very rare species that we would never have found on our own. Altogether, we collected 11 taxa of maple, seven of enkianthus, three of spicebush, and 11 of rhododendron, including nine deciduous species, along with seed from many other species of plants.

The views in these areas were simply astounding: high mountains covered in trees in all their autumn glory. We were in the area during the peak of the momijigari or maple-hunting season when people leave the cities to look at the brilliant fall color of the various maple species in the mountains. Japan's volcanic origin has caused many problems for the country over the centuries, but one benefit is the many hot springs in the mountains. The springs provided a welcome relief from the seed-cleaning chores that are part of every evening in the hotel on a plant-collecting trip. These traditional inns not only had excellent meals and wonderful hot springs, but also gave us a glimpse of traditional Japanese culture that we did not see during stays at more Western-style hotels. We slept on mats on the floor in rooms that often had no chairs and low tables. Flexibility exercises will definitely be a pre-trip preparation requirement before the next visit to Japan.

After a quick stop back in Kawaguchi City where we were able to visit more nurseries, we were back to the mountains, visiting Nikko in Tochigi prefecture, a location that J. C. visited as well. Along with the incredible plants we found in the mountains and the breath-taking display of color at the Nikko Botanical Garden, we visited the Tōshō -gū Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is planted with 300‒400-year-old Cryptomeria japonica and Sciadopitys verticillata. The size and majesty of these incredible trees was humbling and makes one realize that we need to be more aware of our role as stewards of the land, including preserving cultivated spaces for future generations. The Tōshō -gū Shrine is famous for the carving above the door of one of the buildings of the sanzaru; literally three monkeys, but more familiar to Westerners as the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys. This carving dates to the 17th century and is the origin of this widely copied iconography. Another carving from the same period of a sleeping cat is less well known in the West, but is an important image in Japan, and is widely considered to be the basis for the realistic depictions of felines in other carvings and ceramics in Japan. This Nemuri-neko, or sleeping cat, represents peace and healing and is considered a symbol of good fortune. I'm not sure that I believe in good luck tokens, but I did purchase a key chain from a monk with Nemuri-neko on it for my daughter who will be turning 16 this year. Anything that can help ensure good fortune while driving is a worthwhile expense for her and everyone else on the road.

While we did not have as much time as I would have liked in either the mountains or in town, we did manage to squeeze in visits to some of the usual suspects. Included in our nursery visits was Chicory Nursery in Gifu prefecture, home to an amazing assortment of contorted and variegated plants. The young couple who run this business are always gracious and friendly. Garden Kinosato, the nursery operated by Yuuji Suzuki, who also accompanied us to Nikko, is another gem filled with incredible material, some of which came from the JCRA originally. It was nice to see the JCRA and NC State University well-represented at one wholesale nursery where both Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' and Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' Invincibelle™ Spirit were prominently displayed. In fact, Invincibelle™ Spirit seemed to be everywhere, which was especially entertaining because all of the advertising prominently featured Brian's daughter in the photographs.
One of the true pleasures of visiting Japan is interacting with our excellent hosts, who do everything in their power to make us feel welcome. Taka Kobayashi, who runs an exceptionally successful nursery business in Japan, will drop everything to spend days taking us around to nurseries across the country, and each of the nurserymen we visit seems happy to have us poking through their treasures. The food we are served is always wonderful, although the chicken sushi on this trip was an experience I can probably live without trying again. Salmonella anyone? As a special treat, Taka arranged for us to have a farewell dinner of fugu or puffer fish, the famed and highly prized but potentially deadly poisonous delicacy. We ate every part of the fish, except thankfully the poisonous ones, from charred fins in hot sake to cold slivered skin in salad, and, of course, thinly sliced raw sashimi. During this extraordinary dinner, Akira Shibamichi, one of the most respected of Japanese nurserymen and a friend of J. C.'s from years ago, told me that he trusted the JCRA more than any other garden because we always tried to make sure we know the origin of the plants we display and promote. Other nurserymen in Japan that I have met have always echoed that sentiment and speak highly of all the JCRA folks that have visited in the past.

The goodwill, exchange of plant material, and transfer of knowledge has made the cooperation between the JCRA and the Japanese green industry a highly beneficial one that has spanned the years from J. C.'s early days at the Arboretum until today and will continue on into the future. Look to the garden in coming years to see the fruits of this collecting trip as we add new species to the collection and new selections to the garden to evaluate and ultimately distribute.

Plant Profile: Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri "Texas Fire Wheel"

By Tim Alderton, Research Technician

Always a knockout in the garden, Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri is a plant with identity issues. In the past classified as a variety of Gaillardia lutea or G. lanceolata, today it is often listed as a synonym of Gaillardia aestivalis, not giving it varietal status. I have written about this plant previously, but I continue to be amazed at how it grows. Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri, as we call it, is a standout in flowering and growth habit among others of the same species and genus. Its name may be somewhat sketchy; but in the garden it is anything but.

The typical species Gaillardia aestivalis is a sprawling annual or short-lived perennial that ranges from North Carolina, south to Florida, west to Texas and as far north as Illinois. There are three varieties of Gaillardia aestivalis: G. aestivalis var. aestivalis (a tap-rooted annual or short-lived perennial), G. aestivalis var. flavovirens (a rhizomatous perennial), and G. aestivalis var. winkleri. G. aestivalis var. winkleri is the best performer of the three. While both G. aestivalis var. aestivalis and G. aestivalis var. flavovirens have ray flowers that are the familiar yellow to gold, accented with burgundy at the base of the ray florets, G. aestivalis var. winkleri comes in cool white to pink and even light purple shades. This Texas native takes the heat and the drought of our summer here in North Carolina, and will flower from mid-May until late September or early October with only a brief interval or two in mid-summer when it takes a break. There were still blossoms in December 2011.

It is hard to believe that this vigorous garden grower requires federal listing as a species of concern. Endemic to only three counties, its native home is the sandhills of east Texas. Due to suppression of fire in that area, the woody layer outgrows the gaillardia and other herbaceous species, shading them out and preventing regeneration. Tree plantations and forestry management have also hindered regeneration.

Here in the garden, it grows in some of the most inhospitable locations: the rooftop gardens, the Xeric Garden, and a large patch under the terrible sunny side of the water hog, Quercus phellos, in the Southall Garden. It does well in both clay and sandy soils and only requires decent drainage and sun. It can survive the worst of droughts, looking a little disheveled, but perking right up when water returns.

We grow a few different color forms in the garden, including one with very pale pink ray florets around yellow disk florets, and another with white ray florets touched with purple at the base surrounding a dark center of purple disk florets. A visitor favorite is a selection from the Stephen F. Austin State University Mast Arboretum called Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation' with both purple ray and disk florets.

In 2009, I gave two small plants to a relatives out on the N.C. coast to see how they would grow in the sandy coastal conditions. Their plants went from single-stem cuttings to 4'-wide patches in one summer. Since then, my relatives have divided the patches several times to spread them both around their yard and into a few neighbors' yards. Their Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri even outgrows and maybe outflowers the Rosa 'Radtko' (Double Knock Out®) next to which they are planted.

In general, a full-sun to partial-sun location in well-drained soil that is not too rich will result in hundreds of inflorescences throughout the summer. Looking for a heat- and drought-tolerant plant that can flower all summer? I think this should be one of your choices. Not always easy to find, but well worth the search, you should jump at the chance to grow your own G. aestivalis var. winkleri if the opportunity arises! You won't be disappointed.

Development

Planting the Seeds for Development

By Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Is My Gift Really Making an Impact?

The answer is a resounding yes, of course. You have heard and read often enough from the director that each gift helps support the daily operations of the Arboretum—from salaries, to plant collections and research, to garden development and maintenance, and everything else in between. It takes well over $400,000 for the Arboretum's operational budget, and this must be raised from private support every year. Last year, the JCRA received more than 3,000 gifts, and each gift, large or small, membership or special program gifts, contributed to the annual income that supported a carefully monitored budget.

In addition, new garden development and/or renovations required additional revenue over and above these annual expenses. In the last two years, major gifts from Charles and Ethel Larus, Donald Moreland, and Mitzi Hole and Michael Stallings made it possible to renovate and build the Japanese Garden and Lath House. Plus, the late Charles Larus and Donald Moreland both left sizable estate gifts that are now strengthening JCRA endowments.

Looking back to the Raise the Roof Campaign, (the initiative that was begun around 1992, with the culmination being the dedication of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center complex in September 2002), one can clearly see the impact of hundreds of dedicated and very generous donors and friends. The Ruby C. McSwain Education Center has made such an impact on the community and the Arboretum itself, and it only happened through the many gifts large and small (from $1.2 million to $100) from individual donors who recognized the importance and the long-range significance to the JC Raulston Arboretum.

So, is your gift really making an impact? I say yes, absolutely—I see the impact everyday—just like the thousands of people who visit the JCRA annually. These visitors bring their children, grandparents, friends, students, out-of-town relatives, and I know that they are richer for having this community resource and this beautiful Raleigh destination garden. I see the impact through the JCRA's partnerships with the Green Industry—one of North Carolina's largest economic industries and fourth in the country. I see the impact through the rich and varied plant materials that are being researched and trialed at the JCRA. And, I see the impact every time a child gets excited about the discovery of their green world.

Please share with us why you support the JCRA and what you believe its impacts are.

The director and staff of the JCRA pledge to be good stewards of your gifts, so please let us know how we can do a better job of communicating the information that is important to you. Your gifts really do make an important impact on the JCRA, and we sincerely thank you for your continued advocacy and support.

2012 Gala in the Garden

May 6, 2012, will mark the 20th Gala in the Garden, and the JCRA's main fund-raising event of the year. The Gala provides critical unrestricted funds that support daily operations, staff salaries, research and development of plant collections, garden maintenance, and so much more.

Frank Grainger is the 2012 honorary chair and Charlie Kidder is the event chair—proving that a Gala is not just for "girls." Men definitely enjoy the challenge of the silent auction and the thrill of being high bidder—not to mention the garden cocktails and cuisine.

This Gala will again be a celebration of spring, but it will also be a celebration of the 125th birthday of NC State University (1887) and the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act (1862). Both of these milestone events are directly linked to development of the JC Raulston Arboretum and to the important research, teaching, and extension that make the JCRA great.

Please save this date and join us for fabulous fun, food, friends, an extraordinary botanical and non-botanical silent auction. And, yes, there will be birthday cake!

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, donating to the auction, or general event information, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu or visit http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/gala/.

2012 Gala Committee

Honorary Chair
Frank Grainger

Event Chair
Charlie Kidder

Committee
Jill Adams
Jennifer Bernabi
Ted Bilderback
John Buettner
Irma Clark
Kathy Deal
Daniel Graham
Judi Grainger
Larry Hancock
Meriwether Hill-Fentress
Margaret Hoffman
Beverly Hurley
Cheryl Kearns
Melanie Kelley
Barbara Kennedy
Karen Martello
Judy Morgan-Davis
Anne Porter
Frank Powers
Sylvia Redwine
Jere Stevens
Mark Weathington
Chris Wessel
Jackie Wynne
Helen Yoest

Honorary Members
Susan Woodson

10th Anniversary Celebration: Save-the-date—September 21 and 22, 2012

Please mark your calendars and help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center complex.

It's hard to believe that nearly ten years ago, donors, friends, volunteers, faculty, and staff were enjoying the dedication of the new, long-awaited education center, visitor center, and staff building. This was the culmination of the Raise the Roof Campaign—that was overwhelmingly supported by many friends of the Arboretum.

On Friday, September 21, 2012, the weekend will begin with the dedication of the Lath House—generously made possible through a major gift by Mitzi Hole and Michael Stallings; an in-kind gift of design work by Frank Harmon Architect, PA; and other gracious gifts of products or services by Johnson Concrete Co. and Paige Moody of Arbor Enterprises. Following a dinner that evening, Tony Avent (first curator of the JCRA Lath House) will be the evening's keynote speaker.

The weekend festivities will continue with Saturday's lineup of all the past JCRA directors and interim directors, who have been given the opportunity to talk about any subject that appeals to them. So get ready for a truly remarkable day with Bryce Lane, Bob Lyons, Kim Powell, Denny Werner, and Ted Bilderback as host for the event.
Please join us on September 21 and 22. Help celebrate this 10th anniversary milestone and find out what great things will be happening over the next ten years.

In Special Memory
Michelle Morgan Avent
(Oct. 31, 1956–February 12, 2012)

A beloved wife, a treasured friend,
A special smile, that knew no end.
A kind word, a gentle way,
Heaven's sweet garden,
Welcomed a new angel today.

—anonymous

Read Tony's tribute on Plant Delights Nursery's Web site at http://www.plantdelights.com/February/products/879/.

Membership Makes a Difference

By Judy Morgan-Davis, Membership and Special Projects Coordinator, and Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Many thanks to members who responded to our early renewal appeal in late October. We were pleased to offer the opportunity to renew or extend memberships at the 2011 rates through December 31 of 2011. Approximately 6% of our current membership took advantage of the savings, and most of these members made a commitment to supporting the Arboretum by renewing for more than one year. Early renewals save time and resources, so we thank you and the planet thanks you! We appreciate your continued investment in the JCRA. New membership rates, as well as new benefits for members, are outlined on our Web site, but please feel free to contact me, Judy, at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

Also new this year, we will be hosting two New Member Welcome Days. We held our first member welcome prior to the Friends of the Arboretum Lecture on March 15. New members were invited to mingle, meet the staff, and enjoy refreshments. All members were invited to attend and help our newest friends feel welcome. The second New Member Welcome Day will take place directly after the Annual Plant Distribution on October 6.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact Judy Morgan-Davis at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu.

Members Making News

The JC Raulston Arboretum is extremely fortunate to have so many talented friends and donors. If you are a "member making news" or know of one, please let us know so that we can share it with our arboretum friends.

Helen Yoest has a new book soon to be published. 50 Ways to Garden With Confidence, a very appropriate title, as this book is all about Helen's passion about her personal garden and her personal gardening philosophy—spreading the good word that anyone can and should garden with confidence. It is especially exciting to know that in a world driven by publisher's demands, Helen has written a book that she wanted to write. Congratulations, Helen! We know this is sure to be the first of many. (For more information, visit http://gardeningwithconfidence.com/blog/ plus see Helen's story in the Members Corner section.)

At the 2012 North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association's Green & Growin' Show, a number of our members received awards. We are so proud of you all, so keep up the great work!

Members' Corner

Featuring pictures, stories, and testimonials from JCRA members.

From Cindy Heinlein, JCRA Volunteer and Member since 1998

My husband and I vacationed in Orlando, Florida, this October, and we didn't visit a single amusement park! Instead, we explored the art museums and gardens in the area. We came across a delightful small museum house and sculpture garden in Winter Park. Our JCRA membership allowed us to enjoy this beautiful space at no charge.

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is set in a residential neighborhood and borders on one of the many lakes in the area. The sculptor's home, a small art museum, and the gardens are included in the admission. We met some great garden volunteers, most of whom were local Master Gardeners as well. They help maintain and continue to develop the gardens which surround the works of Albin Polasek and some of his students. The setting is so peaceful, the sculptor's work is beautiful, and his story is interesting. It's not far from the Harry P. Leu Gardens, so make a day of it if you're in the area.

From Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer, Board Member, and Member since 1999

Ignorance really is bliss sometimes. As a newcomer twenty years ago to a climate three zones warmer, I became a member of the JCRA and attended my first Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution. All that I inherited with my new home were a few azaleas; three tomatoes; and a lot of pines, sweetgum trees, honeysuckle, and—my cross to bear—poison ivy. I needed a lot of plants!

Among my first grab was a Leucothoe axillaris. All I knew when I got home was that the cheat sheet said it needed shade, so I yanked out yards of honeysuckle and stuck it in under some pines on one of the highest points of our property, thinking it would fill in a gap and provide an evergreen I could enjoy from my kitchen window. It has, but it's taken rather longer than I imagined. It was some time later that I did a little research on Leucothoe and read that it should have plenty of moisture. To look at it now, you would think that spot was swampy, not the dry, almost sandy soil it sits in.

I was better armed with knowledge from reading when I bought L. fontanesiana 'Girard's Rainbow', which likes similar conditions. I planted that where soil is heavier and holds moisture better, across from the front door where I relished seeing its lovely foliage and dainty racemes. Pointedly, it was placed across from a spigot where a hose is constantly available and got plenty of watering and TLC. Ironically, it has been even slower to mature to noticeable size and flower than the first child. Go figure. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to count on the plants having read the book!

From Helen Yoest, JCRA Volunteer, Board Member, and Member since 2003

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Each of us brings a unique quality to everything we do. While garden types are definable—cottage, formal, contemporary—your personal style will make your garden unique. There are some gardens that make me feel like I'm in the pit of a well-orchestrated symphony, with each instrument—a flower, a shrub, a tree, an accent—insignificant on its own, but lyrical within the arrangement. These gardens may not be expensive. But they are thoughtfully arranged, with each addition carefully considered. The rhythm, the scale, the color echo: it all works well together. Nothing dominates or upstages the other important players.

Considering the garden as a whole allows it to sing. Knowing what makes a garden work, what makes it sing, begins with understanding the elements of a garden. You can give your garden a voice once the use and placement of various elements—an arbor, a trellis, a bench—are understood.

My new book is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you'll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art. 

Giving with Trust … a Charitable Trust That Is!

By Sonia Murphy, Director of Gift Planning, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

Trusts have become common words of the estate planning language, and not just among attorneys. Most people have heard of trusts and at the very least know snippets about their uses. For our purposes, we'll talk about charitable remainder unitrusts (CRTs). What are the benefits of giving to your favorite charity through a trust, and who should consider a CRT?

The Way It Works

Mrs. Daffodil can no longer travel to California to enjoy her beach condo and decides to donate it through a trust. With her attorney, she creates the charitable remainder trust document to transfer the deed of her condo to the trust. The trust document states that the condo will be sold to provide Mrs. Daffodil with an annual income, and, at her passing, the leftover funds in the trust (called "remainder") will be used to support an existing endowment at the JC Raulston Arboretum. She may also choose to create a new endowment.

What's Great About a CRT?

A CRT presents many advantages. First, it provides Mrs. Daffodil with an income tax deduction. Mrs. Daffodil made her gift when she transferred her condo to the trust and receives her deduction that same year. Second, she receives payments back from the trust that can help boost her yearly income. Third, most of what is in the trust will not be included in her estate when the IRS determines how much (if any) Federal estate tax is owed. Finally, the assets in the CRT will "skip" probate.

What to be Careful About

A gift transferred to a CRT is irrevocable. Any assets transferred cannot be taken back out of the trust; you should carefully make your decision by taking into account how the gift will impact your current and future situation. And you should always consult your estate planning attorney.

Where to Get Help

Please contact me at (919) 513-0637 or sonia_murphy@ncsu.edu for a free, no-obligation conversation about the process, the tax implications, and a variety of different options. I'm here to help you make the best decision for your family and for your favorite organization—like the JCRA.

For more information on this or other giving opportunities, please call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu or visit http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/advancement/.

Annual Report

A Year in Review

The JC Raulston Arboretum is pleased to present the 2011 Annual Report, recognizing our donors, members, and volunteers. We extend a sincere thank you to all the individuals and organizations that supported the JCRA in 2011. Your support makes possible the continued growth and development of our gardens, plant collections, and educational programs. Plants and gardening nurture the human spirit and enhance our quality of life. We are honored that you have chosen to support this special arboretum as it continues to fulfill its mission of excellence in research, teaching, and public outreach.

Membership Makes a Difference

Through annual membership gifts, these Friends of the Arboretum support: a community resource garden that is free and open to the public every day of the year; a research garden that supports one of North Carolina's most valuable industries; and horticultural programs and classes that enrich the educational experiences for everyone. Sincere thanks to each and every member!

Benefactor
Anonymous
Jack and Micki Cox
David and Catherine Duch
David and Liza Gettles

Founder
Malcolm and Patty Brown
Alan and Martha Finkel
David Griffin
Henry Leon Lobsenz Foundation
Ray and Annie Hibbs
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Pender Nursery

Patron
Doug and Margaret Abrams
David and Judy Bradyhouse
William and Gail Bunce
Andrew and Sarah Butler
Falls Revival
Dennis Flood and Carl Duyck
Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co.
Robert and Pickett Guthrie
Neil and Margaret Harper
Hefner's Nursery
Virginia Hester
Karla Jacobus
Johnson Nursery Corp.
Charles and Wanda Leffler
Cynthia Madden
Richard Pearson and Joan Robertson
Plant Delights Nursery
Laura Ratchford
John and Susan Rountree
Sampson Nursery
Carl and Janet Shafer
Russell and Anthea Tate
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.

Sponsor
Thomas and Jeanne Andrus
Arbor Enterprises
Ann Armstrong
Thomas and Katherine Barrett
Berylwood Tree Farm
Richard Blanton and Candace Haigler
Donnie and Phyllis Brookshire
Lark Brown
Thornton Burnet, Jr.
James Bustrack
Carolina Seasons Nursery
Scot and Cindy Chappell
George and Pam Clark
Dan and Fairley Bell Cook
Creative Landscape Designs
Currin's Nursery
Anne Dahle
Johnie and Genelle Dail
Karen Damari and Andy Roth
Leo and India Davidson
Frankie Fanelli
Paul and Janet Fantz
Victor Farah and Robin Hudson
Gardening with Confidence
Goddin Landscape & Maintenance
Anthony Habit
Jonathan Harter and Debra Singer-Harter
Guy and Sandy Harwood
Sam Jones
Shirley Jones
William and Anita Ketcham
Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar
Lady Slipper Garden Club
William and Melda Lamm
Alexander and Carol Lawrence
Logan Trading Company
Donna Mack
Craig and Zermeena Marshall
Katherine Mauney
Betsy and John McBrayer
Mary McClure
Ross and Margaret McKinney
William Mills
Novozymes North America
Neena Nowell
Panther Creek Nursery
Steven and Katharine Perry
Piney Ridge Nursery
Pistole
Planning Strategies
Plantworks Nursery
Wade and Kathy Reece
Mike and Lynn Ruck
Saunders Brothers Nursery and Orchard
Lawrence and Jean Shuping
Mark Smith
Lois Sowers
Mike Stallings and Mitzi Hole
Swift Creek Nursery
John and Lorely Temple
The F. A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co.
Turftenders Landscape Services
Fred and Elaine Turner
Jay and Colleen Warfield
Phillip and Sara Watts
Thomas and Laura Whatley
Jerry and Adela Whitten
George and Claudia Wilson
Joe and Dana Woody
Louise Wrinkle
Johnny and Jacqueline Wynne
Smedes and Rosemary York
Joe and Lisé Zublena

Family/Dual
Ron and Sarah Abraham
Donald and Jo Ann Adams
Ellen Adams
Howard and Mary Edith Alexander
Lloyd and Donna Allen
Robert and Judy Allen
Jay Althouse and Sally Albrecht
Angels' Gift Farm
Timothy Appleby
Jackie Applegate and David Syvinski
Bryan and Carol Aupperle
Penn and Carolyn Avera
Robert and Jane Avinger
Susan Bailes and Betty Bailes
Walter and Marcia Ballard
Melba and Woodrow Barden
William and Sandra Barnard
Russ and Mitzie Barnette
Mark and Myra Basinger
Llewellyn Beaman and Ron Fitzgerald
Joe and Karen Bearden
Angelia Beasley
Anthony and Rebecca Beck
Michael and Pam Beck
Linda Beddard
Jayme Bednarczyk and Philip Abbott
Frank Bell and Laura Lu Hedrick
Kevin and Patti Benedict
Jean Benjamin
Anna Berry
Ted and Linda Bilderback
Tim and Kylene Bilderback
David and Tammy Biondi
Richard and Susan Bir
Alan and Gene Blatecky
Andrew and Elizabeth Blue
John and Rebecca Board
Zoltan and Nan Bokeny
Edgar and Ethel Boone
Daryl and Susan Bowman
Brady & Associates Forestry Services
Raymond and Dianne Brinker
Meriel Brodie
Frances Brogden and Chris Nash
Brookhaven Night Garden Club
Curtis and Patricia Brothers
Stephen and Amanda Browde
Robert and Regan Brown
Charles and Lois Brummitt
John Buettner and John Dole
Tom and Marie Bumgarner
David and Patricia Burgess
Laurinda Burleson
James Burnette
William and Dorothy Burns
David and Dawn Burtt
Allen Bush and Rose Cooper
Richard and Nancy Butler
Cronin Byrd and Wayne Freeman
Basil and Diana Byrne
Lamar and Deborah Caldwell
Weston and Rhonda Caldwell
Elizabeth Calwell
Thomas and Elizabeth Campbell
Bob Cantwell and Lydia Wegman
Wayne and Mary Carlson
Catharine Carter and Chris Kannenberg
David and Ruth Challener
Arthur and Jean Chard
Cheryl Kearns Landscaping
John and Molly Chiles
David and Roberta Chopko
Patrick Church and Brian Gravlin
Allen and Anne Clapp
Haddon and Irma Clark
Brenda Cleveland and Barry Engber
Connie and Laurie Cochran
Dan Cochrane
Coley Bunch Nursery
Albert Cooke and Daphne Hill
Dale Cousins
Gary and Christi Cramer
Sherman Criner
Courtney and Kathy Crosby
James and Patricia Cross
Tom and Sarah Crowson
Kelly and Patsy Crump
Bill and Mary Cruse
Marc and Julie Cubeta
Custom Landscapes
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Vincent and Sandra Dabrowski
Christopher and Jennifer Daniels
Colin Daniels
Lawrence and Sarah Davenport
Nicholas and Katharine Davies
Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis
Jerry and Rosanne Davis
Gus and Mary Belle De Hertogh
Jim and Betty Deal
Robert and Ann DeMaine
William Dement, Jr., and Ed Sessoms
Marc and Vivian Denning
Stephen and Martha Derbyshire
Cathy DeWitt
Mitchel and Cynthia Dickinson
Danny and Leigh Dixon
Robert and Colleen Dodds
James and Wendy Dodson
James Dodson and Elizabeth Jones
Ron and Jeanette Doggett
Cynthia Dowdy and David Herlung
Dennis and Claire Drehmel
Drewry Hills Garden Club
Brandon and Ashlee Duncan
Johnny and Sandy Duncan
William Dupont and Marilyn Grolitzer
Durham Council of Garden Clubs
John and Marilyn Dutton
Earth Graphics of Raleigh
Earthscapes
Rufus and Linda Edmisten
Rich and Sylvia Elwyn
Ken Esbenshade and Betty Byrum
Allan and Susan Eure
Raeford and Donna Eure
Martha Farmer
Farmhouse Herbs
James and Monica Felder
John Ferrante
Michael and Joy Ferrell
Peter and Vivian Finkelstein
Myron and Ginny Fountain
Powell and Ann Fox
Rossy Garcia and Jim Zieger
Garden Club Council of Winston Salem & Forsyth County
Garland C. Norris Co.
Gary's Nursery
James and Anita Gates
Fred and Susan Gentry
Christopher Glenn
Jerome and Linda Glenn
Michael and Holly Gloden
Blanton and Judith Godfrey
Andrew and Sheree Goettman
Danold and Marilyn Golightly
Raymond and Susan Goodmon
Karl Gottschalk and Dorothy Pugh
Henry and Ellen Graden
Elizabeth Graff and Scott McLellan
Ed and JoAnne Graham
Ronald Grainger
William and Amy Gray
John Graybau
Susan Grayson
Jeffrey and Sally Greaser
Steven and Barbara Gregory
Jason and Cara Griffin
Annette Guirlinger
Christopher and Ann Marie Gunter
David and Karen Guy
Elizabeth Guzynski
George and Priscilla Haddad
Gail Hafley and Chris Merrill
Michael and Eliza Hager
Porter and Marty Halyburton
Brenda Hamm
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Philip and Caroline Hamrick
Jim Hanger
James and Dorthy Hardin
Brode Harrell, Jr.
Paul and Dixie Harrell
Barbara Harvey and Keith Jensen
Felton and Betty Hastings
Jeanne Hathaway and Bob Austin
Charles and Evelyn Heatherly
Steven and Katherine Hegyi
Bruce and Cynthia Heinlein
Martha Hess and Linda Breed
Douglas Hill
P. D. and Rebecca Hill
Hills of Haw Nursery
John and Kay Linn Hobart
Hoffman Nursery
Paul and Judy Hoffman
Hedy Hollyfield and Jim Van Kirk
Lawrence and Ilene Holmes
Adam and Maria Holtzman
Harold and Patsy Hopfenberg
Donald and Loretta Hopper
Robert and Roberta Horton
Donald and Carolyn Hoss
Laurie House and John Hopkins
Alton and Ramona Howard
Charlie and June Hoyle
Monica Hudak
Stephen Hulme and Gloria Barnett
James and Jane Hunt
Thomas Hunter, Jr.
Jim and Gloria Jahnke
Sudesh and Rekha Jain
Terry Jasper and Rod Brooks
Jericho Farms
Juan and Beth Jimenez
Frederick and Kimberly Johnson
Ozzie Johnson, Jr.
Cecil and Jo Anne Jones
Dave and Anne Jones
Jason Jones and Scott Brandis
Bill and Margaret Jordan
Wendy Kanable and Ginna Browning
John and Jane Kanipe
Kenneth and Virginia Karb
Curtis Kasefang and Sharon O'Neill
Max and Gisela Kasselt
David Katzin
Shirley Keel and Don Tessman
David Kelley and Jann Martindale
Richard and Melanie Kelley
Sheila Kellogg
James and Ellen Kelly
George and Fonda Kendley
Charles Kidder
John and Gloria Kimber
Larry King and Susan Matthews-King
Roger and Mary King
Paul and Phebe Kirkman
Doris Kistler and Frederic Wightman
Matthew Kizak
Leo Klohr and Judith Occhetti-Klohr
Charles and Amy Kneifel
Marty and Zella Knight
John Kocher and Britt Crews
Joanne Kollar and Richard Wolfe
Patricia Korpik
Charles and Peggy Korte
Jerod and Anne Kratzer
Anita Kuehne and Bill Swint
Ken and Betsy Kukorowski
Jack and Annetta Kushner
Jack Lamm, II and Dan Gant
Richard and Amelia Lane
Duane and Joanne Larick
Linda Larkins
Richard LaRose
Brent Lawrence
Darlene Lee and Steve Wales
Katherine Lehman and Matt Steindl
Terrance and Heather Lenahan
Denis and Tracy Levy
Frank Lewis
Michael Ligett and Cathy Ward
Frank and Mildred Liggett
Hugh and Mary Liner
Paul and Cathy Linskens
David and Pamela Livingston
Mary Lorscheider and Jim Britt
Philip and Jamie Lovdal
Michael Loven and Duncan Smith
Thomas and Rosemary Loy
James and Geraldine Luginbuhl
Rudolf and Friederike Machilek
Kerry and Patricia MacPherson
Heinrich and Martha Malling
Douglas and Linda Mann
Tift and Dabney Mann
Gustavo and Donna Maroni
Gary Mathews and Eiko Tai
Patrick and Marcia Mattingly
William and Paula Mattocks
Catherine Maxwell and Ben Fewel
Ruth McBride
Jesse McDaniel and Beverly Thomas
Ralph McDonald and Margaret McLaurin
Al and Sheila McDowell
Jeff and Heather McKay
Talmage and Margaret McMinn
James and Ruth Mead
Ronald and Verna Medeiros
Carl and Terry Meredith
David and Frances Miller
John and Stephanie Mitchell
Ronald and Melissa Mitchell
Wayne and Jean Mitchell
Jay and Sharon Molvie
Janet Moore and Jennifer Mercer
Laddie and Edna Munger
Peter and Sonia Murphy
John and Ann Myhre
Patrick and Carolyn Nash
Harry and Rebeccah Neff
Norbert Nevid and Andree Allen
Mac and Lindsay Newsom
Brian and Lou Raye Nichol
Lois Nilsen and John Rogers
Thomas and Jane Norris
Charles and Beverly Norwood
Jim and Katherine Nutt
Henry and Heidi Nuttle
David and Cecilia O'Loughlin
Outer Spaces Landscape Design
James and Shirley Overcash
Kevin and Elizabeth Overcash
Michael and Mary Overcash
Jesse and Elaine Pace
Winston and Anne Page
Michael Papay
Diana Parrish and Max Wallace
Christopher and Deborah Parsons
Sam and Linda Pearsall
Kenneth and Ana Pecota
John and Carol Pelosi
Clifford and Wendy Perry
Donald Perry, III
Patricia Petersen and Douglas Young
Charles and Denise Pilkington
Marianne Pilot and Dennis Osborne
Pine Knot Farms
Pinkham's Horticultural Services
Stuart and Lisa Plante
Kevin and Laura Potter
Stephen and Jenny Powers
Kelly and Sandra Prelipp
John and Charlotte Presley
Robert and Rose Mary Pries
Alfred and Suzanne Purrington
Charles and Marilyn Racine
Martha Ramirez
Neil and Susan Ramquist
Tom and Amira Ranney
Frederick Ray and Liz Ball
Donald and Cynthia Rayno
Redwine's Plantscaping & Special Events
William and Margaret Reid
Laurie Renz and Connie Renz
Bobby and Mary Reynolds
Jim and Willa Richardson
Rudy Riggs and Jim Phillips
Mark and Jane Ritchie
Rodgers Landscape Services
Michelle Rose and Steven Wasleski
Ben and Jeanne Rouse
Thomas and Kathy Rucker
Douglas Ruhren
David Sabio and Christine Doyle-Sabio
John and Jayne Sahadi
Richard and Judith Salentine
Sanford Dermatology
Stephen and Deborah Santelli
David and Carole Saravitz
Charles and Mary Sawyer
Gary and Lee Schaffer
James Schlitt
L. M. Schmitt and Ralph Leggett
Jill Schmitter and Phillip Hall
John Schott
Stephen and Colleen Schroedl
Chad and Lisa Schutte
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Donald and Patricia Scott
Walter and Bonnie Shackelford
Jule and Mary Lou Shanklin
Leslie Sheets and John DeDecker
Robert and Connie Shertz
David and Susan Shevach
David and Barbara Shew
Robert Shore
Michael and Evaron Sigmon
Ian and Talmadge Silversides
Gilbert Simmers and Kathleen Adams-Simmers
Sims Farms
Janet Skidmore and Mike Mishkin
Thomas Skolnicki and Kevin Kane
Lynn Smiley and Richard King
Charles and Nancy Smith
David and Kristine Smith
Nathaniel and Roberta Smith
Virginia Smith and Damian Varela
Daniel and Carolyn Solomon
Robert Sopko and Steve Jourdain
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
Bruce and Laura Spader
Andrew and Esther Spaltenstein
Robert and Patricia Spearman
Herbert and Andrea Sprott
Stan and Linda Spurgeon
Samuel and Marie St. Clair
Donald and Sylvia Chi Stanat
Marcia Stefani and Edward Weiss
Edward and Anita Stejskal
George and Rose Ann Stilwell
C. B. and Carol Strange
Sidney and Rachel Strauss
Dave and Gayle Streifford
Sugarbush Gardens
Robert and Dorothy Suggs
Edward and Janice Swab
Ann Swallow
James and Lynn Swanson
Prudence Swartwood
Rodney Swink and Juanita Shearer-Swink
Piroska Szabo and Margaret Link
Edward and Michele Szwedo
Tarheel Native Trees
Frederick and Myra Taylor
Steven and Patricia Taylor
Nile Testerman, Jr., and Elizabeth Austin
Dwight and Susan Thomas
Gene and Elizabeth Thomas
John Thomas and Dale Batchelor
Marvin and Ann Thompson
Steve and Lisa Thompson
Walt and Kathleen Thompson
Randall and Christine Thomson
Robert and Margaret Thornton
Transplant Nursery
Triangle Bonsai Society
William and Jane Tucker
Gerald Tynan and Martha Stark
Henry and Nancy Unger
The Unique Plant
Mark and Jan Valletta
Susan Van Eyck and Barry Johnson
Elaine van Valkenburgh and Sherri Williams
Jane Vestal
William and Deborah Wade
Tom and Dhivya Wagner
Christopher and Sybille Ward
Arthur and Jacqueline Warner
Gregory and Deborah Warren
WaterWise Garden Design
Gregory and Laura Anne Welch
Dee Welker
Tommy and Holly West
Glenda Westbrook-Neilsen and Kenneth Neilsen
Lane and Linda Wharton
Steven and Patricia Wheaton
Ralph and Cheryl Whisnant
David White and Janine LeBlanc
David and Carolyn White
Bill and Libby Wilder
Bobby Wilder
James and Glynis Wilkes
David and Judiann Wilkinson
Oliver and Julia Williams
W. R. and Carol Williams
Samuel and Mary Williamson
Lee Willoughby-Harris and Thomas Harris
Wind in the Willows Nursery
William and Barbara Winn
Farrell Wise and Levis Handley
James and Brenda Woodley
Randy and Susan Woodson
Worthington Farms
Richard and Amy Woynicz
Susan Wyatt and Robert Kellam
Melinda Yelvington and John Henry Isaacs
Maurice and Dasa York
Dora Zia

Individual
Stephanie Abee
Lynn Abram
Rosanna Adams
Virginia Adkins
Anne Albright
Tim Alderton
Beverly Allen
William Alston
Amaryllis Gardens
Geoffrey Anderson
Linda Anderson
Susan Andrews
Jim Apken
Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery
Arborcrest Gardens
Barbara Archer
Architectural Trees
Martha Ashby
Krista Babbitt
Pamela Baggett
Charlotte Bailey
Eloise Baines
Betty Baker
Joyce Barefoot
Michele Barnhart
Nancy Bartlett
Marilyn Bass Goldman
Jean Bassett
Daphne Beck
Caroline Bellis
Alexander Belskis
Sylvia Bennett
Teri Bennett
Jan Beresford
Frederick Bertram
Stephanie Bertsche
William Bevan
Ruth Bierhoff
Big Branch Nursery
Caelia Bingham
Kimberly Birch
Diane Birkemo
Fred Blackley
Bland Landscaping
Tatiana Blazej-Seltzman
Patricia Booth
Nancy Bost
Lucy Bradley
Vandy Bradow
Heather Brameyer
Audrey Brantly
Carol Breckheimer
Kevin Brice
Robert Brickhouse
Judie Bringhurst
Brookscapes
Barbara Brown
Karl Brown
Mary Brown
Brown's Nursery
Charles Browning
Bosh Bruening
Mark Bruno
Mary Louisa Bryant
Merritt Buckland
Buds & Blooms Nursery
Betty Buffington
Twila Buffington
Wayne Buhler
A. J. Bullard, Jr.
Andrew Bunting
Jean Burda
Wilhelmina Busby
Joe Cable
Alonso Calix
Anne Calta
Camellia Forest Nursery
Chris Cammarene-Wessel
Lori Campbell
Lynn Canada
Carolina Country Club
Carla Carpenter
Bonnie Carson
Nancy Carty
Quincy Caspar
Karen Cayes
Alta Chalmers
Katherine Chambers
Winston Charles
Michael Chelednik
Esther Cheng
Jane Chiles
Bernadette Clark
Bruce Clodfelter
Rebecca Collis
Melinda Corn
Janice Corsello
Cox Arboretum and Gardens
Kirtley Cox
Mike Cox
Gretchen Cozart
Lynda Creutzburg
Cynthia Cromwell
Margaret Crooks
Tammie Crosier
Susan Cummings
Heather Curcio
Martin Cutler
Kelly Dail
Leah Dail
Jinnie Davis
Angela Davis-Gardner
Sheila Denn
Geoffrey Dennis
DeRose Garden & Landscape
Lacy Dick
Valerie Domanico
Alexander Donaldson
Corinne Donkle
Nancy Doubrava
Doug Pitts' Photography
Janet Draper
Sylvia Drew
Melissa Dudley
Melissa Duncan
Jared Dutton
Sandra Dutton
C. J. Dykes
Earthly Delights
Teresa Edwards
Jennifer Ehlert
Amanda El Jaouhari
Tim Elliott
Wendy Elliott
Ervin Evans
Lisa Evans
Tracey Ewing
Fair View Nursery
Faust Nursery
Robert Ferone
Robert Feth
Jonathan Finch
Margaret Fisher
Fishing Creek Tree Farm
Carol Fishman
Marilyn Fleming
Roland Flory
Elizabeth Fogleman
Bill Fonteno
Laura Ford
Jeff Forshee
Nancy Foster
Sonya Fox
Wayne Friedrich
Friendly Garden Club
Catherine Gaertner
Lena Gallitano
Alan Galloway
Kevin Gantt
Mark Gantt
The Garden Collection
Rhonda Gardner
Vince Gentry
Barbara George
Kathleen George
Jeanette Germaine
Charles Gilliam
Nathan Gilliatt
Joe Godfrey
Ann Goebel
Eugene Golden
Goodson & Associates
Julie Gorka
Glenn Gossett
Tamela Graef
Elizabeth Graham
Green Prints
Deborah Greene
Melissa Griffin
Moira Griffin
Nancy Griffin
Noel Griffin
Katherine Grossfeld
Robert Grossfeld
Richard Gurkin
Walter Gutierrez
Jenny Haire
Judy Belle Halgren
Robert Hall
Jane Hallberg
Jocelyn Hamilton
Susan Hammer
Carolyn Happer
Irma Hardy
Jacqueline Harper
Thomas Harville
Barbara Haskell
Awatif Hassan
Linda Hatcher
Kerry Havner
Barbara Hawkins
Marcy Hege
Jenny Helms
Margaret Helms
Carol Henderson
Warren Henderson
Aileen Hendry
Paul Henehan
Peggy Herbert
Christopher Herbstritt
Leslie Herndon
Ellen Herron
Mary Benjamin Hester
Robert Hinson
Eric Hirsch
Carol Hogue
James Holland
Marcia Hollis
Brenda Holloman
Sandra Horn
Mary Horsman
Marc Houyoux
Ann Howell
Patrice Hubert
Thomas Hudak
Patricia Hudson
Cyndy Hummel
June Hutson
Gail Ingram
Linda Jaeger
JDavis Architects
James Jeffrey
Edwin Jenkins
Kata Jenkins
Katherine Jennings
Miriam Jernigan
Jodi Jetter
Ellen Johnson
Jennie Johnson
Mary Johnston
Frances Jones
Lloyd Jones
Sherry Jones
Gary Keim
Charles Keith
Arthur Kelley
Olivia Kemp
Barbara Kennedy
Melissa Kennedy
Frances Kerr
Doris Kester
Tim Ketchie
Patricia Kiffney
Malissa Kilpatrick
Robert Kinch
Jennette King
Marlene Kinney
Lyla Kloos
Ronald Klutz
Faye Koonce
Helen Kraus
Ed Kristensen
Charles Kronberg
Diane Kuzdrall
Carolyn Lackey
Lake View Daylily Farm
Thomas Lamb
Susan Lambiris
Stephanie Lauck
Virginia Lawler
Linda Lawson
Thomas Lawton
Betty Lazo
Anita Leal-Idrogo
Larry Lean
James Lee
Rebecca Lee
Wyatt LeFever
Legacy Lighting
Mike Lehmann
Eric Lentz
Virginia Leone
Elizabeth Levine
Deborah Lewis
Patricia Lifsey
Cynthia Lincoln
Elsa Liner
Carolyn Littles
Longwood Gardens
Elizabeth Lord
Yale Loucks
Ruth Love
Ira Love
Mike Lowe
Eileen Lowenbach
Dustin Loyd
Nancy Lucas
The Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
Karen Lynch
Elizabeth Lyne
Lynn van Dokkum Photography
Robert Lyons
Robert Mackintosh
Kevin MacNaughton
Nona Malcom
Jacquelyn Manning
Rebecca Martin
Christina Mast
Bonita Masteller
Paula Mastrangelo
Susan Mastro
Terry May
Charles McCue, Jr.
Ida McCullers
Diane McDaniel
Janet McGettrick
Alberta McKay
Sonya McKay
Mary Ann McKinney
Carol McKnight
Rachel McLaughlin
Bob McLeod
Rosalind McMillan
Carol McNeel
Frances Meadows
Larry Mellichamp
Nidu Menon
Rita Mercer
Elizabeth Mew
Elisabeth Meyer
Meyer Orthodontics
Jerry Michael
Carolyn Miller
Eugene Miller
Laura Miller
Marlyn Miller
Judson Mills
James Minor
William Mitchell
Kristen Monahan
Monrovia Nursery
Sandy Morgan
Brian Morris
Jainel Morris
Jeffery Morton
Marsha Munn
Mary Jo Muzzey
Katherine Myers
Donald Namm
Nature's Art by Susan Aldworth
Charlotte Newby
Sally Newman
Niche Gardens
Hilary Nichols
Robert Nichols, III
Clarissa Nielsen
Phil Normandy
Allison Northcutt
Janis Nutt
Flora O'Brien
Mary Elizabeth O'Connor
Diane Olson
Arleen Orndorff
Beverly Orozco
Betty Ossi
Beth Owens
Nancy Paar
Elizabeth Page
Jill Page
Carolyn Parker
Ginny Parker
Ruth Parker
Mary Belle Pate
Sandra Paur
Sandra Peace
Jesse Perry, III
Jo Perry
Terry Perry
Karin Petzold
Betty Pipes
Mike Pittman
Pleasant Acres Nursery
Patricia Poe
Catherine Poff
Edward Ponek
Tracy Poole
Thomas Pope
Anne Porter
Dixie Porter
Katie Pound
William Powell, Jr.
Edythe Poyner
Lina Pratt
Jeffrey Preddy
Shawn Priggel
Elizabeth Pringle
Jenny Pritchard
Tina Pritchard
Linda Quarles
Patricia Rago
Raleigh Garden Club
Christine Ramsey
Graham Ray
Carol Reaves
Kirsten Reberg-Horton
Kathleen Redfern
Pat Ray Reese
Alexandra Reid
Renz Landscape & Irrigation
Jeff Reynolds
Katherine Reynolds
Durban Rhame
Caroline Richardson
Jodi Riedel
Jessica Rigouard
Sarah Rigouard
Michelle Ripple
Jon Roethling
Maxwell Rogers
Louise Rogers
Lisa Rohloff
Roanne Rowan
Kay Ruark
Regina Rudd
Jean Rundquist
Charles Ryan
Harriet Sato
Amanda Saville
Robert Schall
Aaron Schettler
Patricia Scolnik
Garrison Scott
James Sherwood, Jr.
Kay Shiflett
Mark Shuman
Tracy Sides
Emily Silverman
Brian Simet
Nancy Simonsen
Algie Simpson
Elaine Sisko
Celeste Sloop
Charlene Anna Smith
Christopher Smith
Melanie Smith
Jane Smith
Megan Smith
Joanna Smothers
Layne Snelling
SOD
Laurie Sorge
Southern Horizons Landscaping
James Sovine
Michael Spafford
David Spain
Spring Branch Landscapes
Eileen Stahl
C. F. Stallings, Jr.
John Staton
Louise Steele
Kristen Steffen
Annabelle Stein
Carol Stein
Flo Stein-Bolton
Marian Stephenson
Jane Stikeleather
Kenneth Stockdale
Gayle Stone
Marjorie Strawn
Mary Stroud
Charles Stuber
John Suddath
Edna Suggs
John Suggs
David Sullivan
Marguerite Summers
Swanson & Associates
Betsy Sykes
Ann Symm
Pamela Taheri
Beverly Taylor
Cheri Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Cherlynn Tchir
Alden Thompson
Lois Thompson
Renata Thompson
Sharon Thompson
Carol Thomsen
Margaret Thurston
M. E. Traer
Edward Trimble
Lynda Turbeville
Tween Streams Gardens
Valerie Tyson
Karen Untz
Paulette van de Zande
Jaison Van Horn
Lisa Vargues
Lena Vesterlund
Vrb Photography
Lynda Waldrep
Daryl Walker
Hallie Walker
Michelle Wallace
Roger Ward
Joann Warner
William Warner
Donna Warren
Gwendolyn Watkins
Mark Weathington
Laura Weaver
Patricia Weisbrodt
Tiffany Wells
Patricia Westphal
Daniel Whatley
Elisabeth Wheeler
Sara Wheeless
Robert Whisnant
Anita White
David White
Marshall Whitehurst
Sheila Wilkerson
Laura Willer
Anne Williams
Helen Williams
Katherine Williams
Ross Williams
Elizabeth Williamson
Donald Wilson
James Wilson, Jr.
Lindie Wilson
Vicki Wilson
Sharon Winzeler
Stephen Wirth
Barbara Wishy
John Wood
Jewel Wynns
Anna Yarborough
Edward Yellig
Charles Young
Loretta Young
Dana Zamiara

Corporate/Organization
NC Master Gardener Volunteer Association

Student
Nicholas Allen
Claire Baker
Maggie Baker
Douglas Barnes
Justin Beers
Wendy Buchanan
Corbin Cameron
Danica Cullinan
Tipton Fowlkes
Josh Fulford
Cari Grindem-Corbett
Andrew Halsey
Lauren Handsel
Zeba Khan
Laura Lamm
Mary Lamm
Sarah Leach
Colin Lickwar
Paul Magdarz
Mason McNair
Kelly Oates
Olga Patty
Kyndal Payne
Nancy Preslar
Kimberly Richter
Debbie Robertson
Melissa Rogan
Martha Sawall
Kimberly Shearer
Jessica Sorrentino
Benjamin Stieneke
Laura Tollini
Cheryl Traylor
Leroy Tropp, IV
Lewis Weavil
Matthew Whitfield
Amanda Wilkins

Gifts of Membership

These friends of the Arboretum gave the distinctive gift of membership to friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Thanks for giving the gift of a JCRA membership—a gift that keeps on giving all year!

Lloyd and Donna Allen
Betty Baker
Bell Family Foundation
Harriet Bellerjeau
Ted and Linda Bilderback
Sara Booth
Daryl and Susan Bowman
Jennifer Braley
Claude and Mary Caldwell
Christine Cameron
Scot and Cindy Chappell
Wendy Cheng and family
Dan Cochrane
Kelly and Patsy Crump
Custom Landscapes
David and Catherine Duch
C. J. Dykes and Bryar Cougle
Howard and Diane Everhart
Falls Revival
Alan and Martha Finkel
Wilton Fitzgerald
Christine Galbraith
David Griffin
Robert and Pickett Guthrie
Hefner's Nursery
W. R. and Margaret Helms
Christopher Herbstritt
Virginia Hester
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Sheila Kellogg
Loren and Barbara Kennedy
Melissa Kennedy
Paul and Phebe Kirkman
Jack Lamm, II, and Dan Gant
LanArc
Charles and Wanda Leffler
James Mertz
Susan Myers
Susan Nyman
Old Courthouse Nursery
Richard Pearson and Joan Robertson
Pender Nursery
Plant Delights Nursery
Christine Ramsey
Rudy Riggs and Jim Phillips
Jessica Rigouard
Virginia Smith
Gene Spurgeon
Jane Stikeleather
Leroy and Sylvia Tropp
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Worthington Farms
Anna Yarborough

Legacy and Estate Gifts

Legacy … what is left behind through the actions of a lifetime. While we mourn the passing of special friends, we celebrate their lives and are sincerely grateful for their legacy gifts that benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Donald Moreland

Endowments

An endowment is a lasting legacy. A special thanks to these donors for their foresight and generosity. Contributing to an endowment is a long-term investment that provides financial stability for the Arboretum year after year. For more information on how you can create an endowment to benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826.

Endowment for Excellence
Ann Armstrong
Harriet Bellerjeau
Tatiana Blazej-Seltzman
Tom and Marie Bumgarner
Thornton Burnet, Jr.
James Bustrack
David and Lori Campbell
Kenneth and Ann Cobb
Dan Cochrane
Coley Bunch Nursery
Jack and Micki Cox
Larry Daniel
Dennis and Claire Drehmel
Paul and Janet Fantz
Peter and Vivian Finkelstein
Robert and Pickett Guthrie
Henry Leon Lobsenz Foundation
Ray and Annie Hibbs
Robert and Roberta Horton
J. Frank Schmidt Family Trust
Richard and Amelia Lane
Robert Lyons
Katherine Mauney
James and Ruth Mead
Carolyn Miller and Carl Blackman
New Garden Landscaping & Nursery
John and Carol Pelosi
Mark and Jane Ritchie
David and Beatrice Sanford
John Schott
Stephen and Georgiana Snyderman
Robert and Patricia Spearman
Spring Meadow Nursery
Sidney and Rachel Strauss
Fred and Elaine Turner
David White and Janine LeBlanc
Bobby Wilder
Dora Zia

Robert E. Lyons Internship Endowment
Tim Alderton
Anonymous donor
Ted Bilderback
Bernadette Clark
Judy Morgan-Davis
Nancy Doubrava
Christopher Glenn
Barbara Kennedy
Faye Koonce
Ida McCullers
Cora Musial
Rebecca Pledger
Anne Porter
Caroline Richardson
Ann Swallow
Valerie Tyson
Mark Weathington

Internship Program

These special donors have invested in our students and in the future of the JCRA. Internships are a win-win opportunity for everyone. Thank you for contributing to this sound investment!

Cynthia and Max Arrowood
William and Dorothy Burns
Cheryl Kearns Landscaping
Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Sir Walter Raleigh Chapter
Colony Woods Garden Club
Margaret Crooks
David and Susan Daniels
Davidson Garden Club
Fallon Park Garden Club
Fuquay-Varina Garden Club
Nancy Griffin
The Herb Society of Wake County
Nancy Hoagland
Willis and Devin Johnson
Charles Kidder
Kiefer Landscaping
Edmund and Ruth Klemmer
Susan Lambiris
MacGregor Downs Garden Club
Carole and Ronald Massey
Ida McCullers
Mike and Carla McKinney
Wayne and Jean Mitchell
Nature's Art by Susan Aldworth
North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association
Old Salem Garden Club
Susan Pfefferkorn
Vivien Phillips
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Anne Porter
John and Charlotte Presley
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh Garden Club
Julie Reaves and Bruce Rogers
Redwine's Plantscaping & Special Events
Charles and Karen Root
Sheila Roszell
Betsy and Greg Sigmon
Warren and Judy Sturm
Edward Trimble
United Way of the Greater Triangle
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Dennis and Georgina Werner
Jerry and Adela Whitten
Bobby Wilder
Margaret Williams

Our New Children's Program

March 2011 marked the launch of the JCRA Children's Program, and these Friends of the Arboretum made gifts specifically to be used to grow and promote this exciting new program. Children are our future, and they will be ones who carry on the care, advocacy, and support of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Al-Iman School
Anonymous donors
Joseph and Sarah Archie
Berylwood Tree Farm
Dover Foundation
Edith Eddleman
Gregory Poole Equipment Co.
Timothy Hinton and Alisa Lycof-Hinton
Ken and Betsy Kukorowski
Jane Meadows
Richard Pearson and Joan Robertson
Progress Energy Service Co.
Bobby Wilder
Dora Zia

Other Gifts to the Arboretum

Heartfelt thanks to these donors who gave special gifts to the Arboretum over and above membership.

Doug and Margaret Abrams
Jill Adams
Rosanna Adams
Vaughan and Anne Adams
Craig Adkins
Jim and Dorothy Andrews
Thomas and Jeanne Andrus
Christina Apperson
Mary Archer
Ann Avent
Blake and Betty Aydlett
Alan and Sharon Ayers
Barefoot Paths Nursery
Robert Barkalow
Angelia Beasley
Anthony and Rebecca Beck
Jayme Bednarczyk and Philip Abbott
Bell Family Foundation
Harriet Bellerjeau
Angela Bendorf Jamison
Jean Benjamin
Jack and Patricia Benson
Robert and Ellen Benton
Big Branch Nursery
Bloomsbury Garden Club
Boiling Springs Lakes Garden Club
Mary Bost
Robert and Lucy Bradley
Vandy Bradow
Blackwell Brogden
Donald and Dianne Brown
Charles and Lois Brummitt
John Buettner and John Dole
James Bustrack
Peggy Callahan
Camellia Forest Nursery
Evan Clements
Connie and Laurie Cochran
William and Ann Collins
Cottage Garden Landscaping
Dale Cousins
Mike Cox
Roger and Rose Crickenberger
Kelly and Patsy Crump
Anne Dahle
Johnie and Genelle Dail
Colin Daniels
Thomas and Jody Darden
Richard and Marlene Daugherty
Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis
Gretchen Davis
Mike Davis
Frank and Maureen Donini
Sylvia Drew
David and Catherine Duch
James and Judith Durham
Earth Graphics of Raleigh
Rufus and Linda Edmisten
Eric Eibelheuser
Risa Ellovich
Ken Esbenshade and Betty Byrum
Barbara Fair and John Owens
Victor Farah and Robin Hudson
Fine Lines Landscaping
Alan and Martha Finkel
The Fire Place
Dennis Flood and Carl Duyck
Frank Harmon Architect PA
Stephen Gadbois
Lena Gallitano
Rossy Garcia and Jim Zieger
The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program
Gardening with Confidence
Garland C. Norris Co.
David and Liza Gettles
Eileen Goldgeier
Robert and Gloria Graham
Frank and Judi Grainger
Roger Griesinger
Paula Gupton Page
The Hamlin Cos.
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Richard and Alice Hardy
Frank and Judy Harmon
Jacqueline Harper
Barbara Harvey and Keith Jensen
The Hayter Firm
Zac Hill
Ame Hilton
Charles and Anne Hines
John and Jill Hoffman
Holly Springs Garden Club
Harold and Patsy Hopfenberg
IBM National Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign
Hayes Jackson
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Jim and Gloria Jahnke
Joel Parlier & Associates
Jennie Johnson
Willis and Devin Johnson
Shirley Jones
Joseph M Wright Charitable Foundation
Mary Joslin
John and Jane Kanipe
Richard and Melanie Kelley
Sheila Kellogg
Melissa Kennedy
Kiefer Landscaping
Betsy King
Mary King
Susan Lamb
Susan Lambiris
Martin and Alice Lancaster
Richard and Amelia Lane
Eugene and Vicky Langley
Linda Larkins
Laurel Hills Garden Club
Virginia Lawler
Wyatt and Dolores LeFever
Richard and Kathleen Lessard
Laurence Lilley, Jr.
Steven and Marie Lommel
Donald Long
Gene and Ruth Love
Alan MacIntyre
Donna Mack
Gus and Geary Mandrapilias
Katherine Mauney
Catherine Maxwell and Ben Fewel
Diane McDaniel
Ralph McDonald and Margaret McLaurin
Janis McFarland and Richard McLaughlin
Nancy and Ronald McFarlane
Mike and Carla McKinney
Thearon and Vanette McKinney
Bob and Jean McLeod
Mason McNair
Ronald and Verna Medeiros
Larry and Audrey Mellichamp
Scott and Gwen Mellows
Miss B. Haven Magnolias
Charles Murray and Heather Spencer
Thelma Nelson
New Garden Landscaping & Nursery
Brian and Lou Raye Nichol
Robert Nichols, III
Thomas and Jane Norris
North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association
North Carolina Poultry Federation
North Carolina Urban Forest Council
Charlie and Gail Nottingham
Keith and Dayle Oakley
Oakmont Nursery
Matthew and Diane Olson
Parker's Landscape Services
Paulette Parks
Gardner and Nicole Payne
Sebastian Perretta
Patricia Petersen and Douglas Young
Pi Alpha Xi, NC State University
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Plant Delights Nursery
Plantworks Nursery
Kim and Rori Powell
John and Charlotte Presley
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh Garden Club
Patricia and Peter Raven
Graham and Helen Ray
John and Diane Rees
Alan and Evelyn Reiman
Charles Rodes and Tina Belmaggio
Mark and Susanne Rose
Kay Ruark
LuAnn Rudolph
Rufus L. Edmisten Law Offices
Douglas Ruhren
Amy Sams
Samuel Johnston Chapter, NSDAR
Joseph and Diane Sanders
Diane Schaaf
James Schlitt
Julie Sherk
Betsy and Greg Sigmon
Marian Simmons-St. Clair
George and Melanie Smith
Randy and Leah Smith
Patricia and David Spain
Mike Stallings and Mitzi Hole
Josh and Camber Starling
State Employees Combined Campaign
Marcia Stefani and Edward Weiss
Susan Stephenson
Richard and Jere Stevens
Marshall and Jan Stewart
C. B. and Carol Strange
Dave and Gayle Streifford
Jane Sundin
Gwen Sutton
Banks and Louise Talley
Barbara and Derek Thompson
Cristina Trevino
Triangle Gardener
Leroy and Sylvia Tropp
William and Jane Tucker
Fred and Elaine Turner
Turtle Creek Nursery
Valerie Tyson and Richard Ehrhardt
United Way of the Greater Triangle
Vrb Photography
William and Deborah Wade
Wake County Master Gardeners
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Sarah Warren
Thomas and Marianne Wason
Mark and Mary Weathington
Frank Weedon
Joseph Wescott, II
Suzanne Whitmeyer
Bill and Libby Wilder
Bobby Wilder
David and Judiann Wilkinson
Edward and Cornelia Willer
Anne Williams and John Burness
Ross and Bobbie Williams
Farrell Wise and Levis Handley
Nancy Woods
R. P. Woodson, III
Larry and Laura Wooten
Johnny and Jacqueline Wynne
Doris Yarborough
Smedes and Rosemary York
Z Enterprises
Dora Zia
Joe and Lisé Zublena

Matching Gift Companies

Corporate matching gift programs are a great way to optimize individual gifts to the JCRA. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the corporations that sponsor these programs and the donors who make the initial gift to benefit the Arboretum

GE Foundation
GlaxoSmithKline
IBM
Metropolitan Life Foundation
Pfizer Foundation
PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation
Saint-Gobain Corporate Foundation
Schneider Electric/Square D Foundation
SunTrust Bank Atlanta Foundation
Verizon Foundation

Gifts in Honor

These special people and organizations were honored by gifts to the JCRA from the friends, family and colleagues listed.

Patricia Booth
Honored by
Sara Booth

Tom Bumgarner
Honored by
The Herb Society of Wake County

Anne Clapp
Honored by
Virginia Hester

Mike Cox
Honored by
Harriet Bellerjeau

Samuel Davis
Honored by
Gretchen Davis

Mike Dirr
Honored by
Dennis Flood and Carl Duyck

Ben Fewel
Honored by
Catherine Maxwell

William Joslin
Honored by
Mary Joslin

Melanie Kelley
Honored by
Raleigh Garden Club

Barbara Kennedy
Honored by
Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Sir Walter Raleigh Chapter

Charlie Kidder
Honored by
Fuquay-Varina Garden Club
Miss B. Haven Magnolias

Ruby McSwain
Honored by
Anne Porter

Jerry and Barbara Michael
Honored by
David and Beatrice Sanford

Jean Mitchell
Honored by
Mary Johnston

NC State University Horticulture Club
Honored by
Sarah Leach

Charles Peacock
Honored by
MacGregor Downs Garden Club

Richard Pearson
Honored by
Thomas and Jody Darden
MacGregor Downs Garden Club
Samuel Johnston Chapter, NSDAR

Sandy Reid
Honored by
Thearon and Vanette McKinney

Caroline Richardson
Honored by
Bobby Wilder

Carol Stein
Honored by
The Herb Society of Wake County

Bobby Ward
Honored by
Laurel Hills Garden Club

Bobby Wilder
Honored by
Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis
Christopher Glenn

Nancy Wilson
Honored by
Boiling Springs Lakes Garden Club

Gifts in Memory

Memorial gifts support the Arboretum while paying tribute to family and friends. The following people were remembered with a gift in 2011. Heartfelt thanks to the listed donors who honored their loved ones and colleagues in this way.

Helen Archer
Remembered by
Michael and Barbara Archer

Marguerite Rose Tyson Balsinger
Remembered by
Catherine Maxwell and Ben Fewel

Jane and Vic Bell, Jr.
Remembered by
Bell Family Foundation

Donald and Dianne Brown
Laurence Lilley, Jr.
Mark and Susanne Rose

William Gensel
Remembered by
Patricia and Peter Raven

Charlie King
Remembered by
Sheila Roszell

Ruby Oates
Remembered by
Mary Archer

Roger Pearson
Remembered by
Doris Yarborough

Sadie Register
Remembered by
Robert and Ellen Benton

Bill Sauls
Remembered by
Julie Reaves and Bruce Rogers

Ann Suggs
Remembered by
Mary Bost

Elaine Swaim
Remembered by
Old Salem Garden Club
Susan Pfefferkorn

Georgia Clancey Theys
Remembered by
Warren and Judy Sturm

Aat Zevenhuizen
Remembered by
Margaret Williams

Western North Carolina Nursery Trip

September 7–9, 2012 (Friday–Sunday)

Western North Carolina is home to cool mountain air, stunning vistas, and some of the Southeast's most gifted and passionate nurserymen. From prized orchids, to dwarf conifers, rare Japanese maples, and stunning native plants, get the insiders' tour as a VIP guest.

Three days, six nurseries, thousands of stunning plants—join Mark Weathington, the JCRA's assistant director and curator of collections, on a long weekend that will change your gardening perspective.

Visit

Appledorn Landscape Nursery – Specializing in evergreen and dwarf conifers, Appledorn was home to an acclaimed miniature railroad complete with tiny living landscape.

Meadowbrook Nursery/We-Du Natives – Native azaleas, rhododendron, and mountain laurel headline an extensive list of southeastern plants in a 20 acre park-like setting complete with trails and a lovely lake.

B. B. Barns Garden Center – Western North Carolina's largest selection of orchids and much, much more. B. B. Barns is a favorite shopping and plant education destination for serious gardeners from three states.

Nichols Nursery – Rare Japanese maples are the passion of the Nichols family. See more than a 100 hard-to-find species grown on site at their East Flat Rock nursery.

Mountain Meadows Nursery – Unusual evergreens, dwarf conifers, and miniature hosta are all grown on-site at this extraordinary 30 year old farm.

Western North Carolina Farmers Market (including Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery) – Legendary Asheville growers with a devoted clientele that crosses state lines to buy their top-performing plants.

For more information, call (919) 513-7005 or visit the JCRA's Web site at http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/.

Gift-in-kind Donors

Support through in-kind gifts is vital to the success of our events, especially the Gala in the Garden and the JCRA Plant Sale. They also provide services and plant materials that keep the Arboretum beautiful for everyone.

Botanical Gifts
A & A Plants
A Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Ökológiai és Botanikai Kutatóintézetének Botinkus Kertje
Tim Alderton
All Things Acer
American Conifer Society, Southeastern Region
Angels' Gift Farm
Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Bethlehem Nursery
Big Bloomers Flower Farm
Rick and Betty Boggs
Vandy Bradow
Broken Arrow Nursery
Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery
Buds & Blooms Nursery
Cam Too Camellia Nursery
Camellia Forest Nursery
Campbell Road Nursery
Cheryl Kearns Landscaping
Classic Viburnums
Clinton Nurseries
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm
The Conard-Pyle Co.
Cox Arboretum and Gardens
Currin's Nursery
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University
Department of Plant Biology, NC State University
Richard Dufresne
Brandon and Ashlee Duncan
Mary Elliott
Fair View Nursery
Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center
Falls Revival
Finch Blueberry Nursery
Flowerwood Nursery
Garden Kinosato
GardenGenetics
Gardening with Confidence
Christopher Glenn
Green Nurseries & Landscape Design
Greenleaf Nursery Co., North Carolina Division
Pamela Harper
Hawksridge Farms
Heritage Seedlings
Ray and Annie Hibbs
Highland Creek Nursery
Hoffman Nursery
The Holden Arboretum
Homewood Nursery & Garden Center
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Iseli Nursery
ItSaul Plants
The Ivy Farm
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Jericho Farms
Johnson Nursery Corp.
Ozzie Johnson, Jr.
Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery
Hisanori Kojima
Thomas Krenitsky
Linda Larkins
Afzender Luyssen
McCorkle Nurseries
Candy McMahan
McMahan's Nursery
Moore Farms
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC State University
Muir Woods National Monument
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Beneficial Insects Lab
NC State University Bedding Plant Trial Program
Nelson Nursery
Niche Gardens
Nikko Botanical Gardens
North American Rock Garden Society
North Creek Nurseries
Nurseries Caroliniana
Oakmont Nursery
Old Courthouse Nursery
Oregon State University
Panoramic Farm
Panther Creek Nursery
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation
Pender Nursery
Bob and Glenna Pettinelli
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Pinkham's Horticultural Services
Plant Delights Nursery
Plantworks Nursery
Pleasant Acres Nursery
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Graham and Helen Ray
Riverbend Nursery
Steven Roesch
Saitama Horticultural Experiment Station
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Stephen and Colleen Schroedl
Shibamichi Nursery
Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening
Sims Farms
Smith's Nursery
Smithgall Woodland Garden
Bryon Sosinski
Spring Meadow Nursery
St. Andrew's Botanic Garden
Stephen F. Austin State University
Swift Creek Nursery
Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
Tarheel Native Trees
Taylor's Nursery
Terra Nova Nurseries
U.S. National Arboretum
UGA Tifton Research Station
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Università degli Studi di Siena
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walters Gardens
Mark and Mary Weathington
Dennis and Georgina Werner
Ralph and Cheryl Whisnant
Bobby Wilder
Williford's Nursery
Woodland Garden and Nursery
Woodlanders
Worthington Farms
Yamaguchi Plantsman's Nursery
Zelenka Nursery

Non-botanical Gifts
A & J Designs
Rosanna Adams
A. E. Wiley Photography
Tim Alderton
Dwen Andrews-Cita and Felix Cita Gomez
Thomas and Jeanne Andrus
Arbor Enterprises
William and Frances Arnold
Atlantic Mulch & Erosion Control
Atlantic Spas and Billiards
Baggage-N-Gifts
BASF Corporation
Angelia Beasley
Black Gold Compost Co.
Rick and Betty Boggs
Vandy Bradow
Deborah Brogden
Mark Burnham
James Bustrack
Scott and Pamela Byington
Claude and Mary Caldwell
Capitol City Lumber Co.
Carolina Stalite
Lisbeth Brittain Carter and Jon Michael
Cheryl Kearns Landscaping
Chestnut Hill Inn
Connie and Laurie Cochran
CoolSweats
Elizabeth Creech
Custom Landscapes
Susan Dahlin
Johnie and Genelle Dail
David's Dumpling and Noodle Bar
Jeffery Dean and Stephanie Martin
Designing Solutions
Dennis and Claire Drehmel
Joseph and Arlene Fabiano
Fine Art Colored Pencil by Liz Guzynski
Peter and Vivian Finkelstein
Wayne Friedrich
David and Liza Gettles
Jerome and Linda Glenn
The Go Pack Store
Frank and Judi Grainger
Judy Belle Halgren
Neil and Margaret Harper
Harrell's Fertilizer
Edwin Harris
Haviland Plastic Products, Co.
Charles and Evelyn Heatherly
Margaret and Julie Hoffman
Harold and Patsy Hopfenberg
Brian and Marty Howard
Jewelry by Artie
Juan and Beth Jimenez
Bill and Margaret Jordan
Richard and Melanie Kelley
Loren and Barbara Kennedy
Charles Kidder
Patricia Korpik
Angela Lands
Richard and Amelia Lane
Linda Larkins
Lasting Impressions
Richard and Kathleen Lessard
Betsy Lindemuth
Local Color Gallery
Long Hill Bed and Breakfast
McCanless Pottery
Ronald and Verna Medeiros
Denny and Rita Mercer
Wayne and Jean Mitchell
Carolyn Mitkowski
Moss and Stone Gardens
John Murawski
My Girlfriend's Closet
Nature's Art by Susan Aldworth
Brian and Lou Raye Nichol
Keith and Dayle Oakley
Odora Designs
Pacific Organics
The Peanut Roaster
Pennington Seed Co.
Plantworks Nursery
John and Charlotte Presley
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Jacqueline Quinn
Martha Ramirez
Redwine's Plantscaping & Special Events
Robert and Elizabeth Rehm
Sandy Reid
Rey's Restaurant
Michelle Rose and Steven Wasleski
James and Gwen Schultz
Nancy Simonsen
Sixpence Accents
Richard and Jere Stevens
Ellen Stoltzfus
Sun Gro Horticulture
Symmetry Financial
Twentynine Design
Under the Oaks
Vrb Photography
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Westmoore Pottery
David White and Janine LeBlanc
Bobby Wilder
Randy and Susan Woodson
Earl Wooldridge
Words & Wires
Johnny and Jacqueline Wynne
Louise and Carl Zorowski

2011 Gala in the Garden Sponsors

The Gala in the Garden is the Arboretum's signature fund-raising event held each year on the first Sunday in May. Thank you, 2011 Gala in the Garden sponsors, for making this event a huge success.

Diamond
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

Platinum
Bayer Advanced
Pender Nursery

Gold
A. E. Finley Foundation
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance

Silver
Ted and Linda Bilderback
The Brickman Group
Allen and Anne Clapp
The Fire Place
Hawksridge Farms
Hoffman Nursery
Wallace and Jeanette Hyde
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Frances Meadows
Taylor's Nursery
Bobby Wilder
Worthington Farms
Johnny and Jacqueline Wynne

Bronze
BB&T Insurance Services
Bland Landscaping
Donnie and Phyllis Brookshire
Tommy Bunn
William and Dorothy Burns
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Albert Cooke and Daphne Hill
Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co.
Frank and Judi Grainger
The Hamlin Cos.
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Harold and Patsy Hopfenberg
Jere's Landscaping
Johnson Nursery Corp.
Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar
LanArc
The Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
Robert Lyons
Panther Creek Nursery
Anne Porter
Redwine's Plantscaping & Special Events
Sampson Nursery
Russell and Anthea Tate
Walt and Kathleen Thompson
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Laura Willer and David Huffstetler
Randy and Susan Woodson
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.

Volunteers

As we ponder the number of incredible hours our volunteers devote to the Arboretum, we also think about the many skills they possess. We naturally assume gardening is one of them, but we have volunteers with construction, landscape design, floral arrangement, public speaking, and many other skills that they share with us. With their varied strengths and commitment, our volunteers play a key role in making the JCRA a shining star in our area. We thank them for all they do.

Volunteer Hours – January–December 2011

Our volunteers gave over 8,000 hours of their time in 2011. Their efforts have made the Arboretum a showplace in the community.

200+ Hours
Mary Edith Alexander
Charles Heatherly
Annie Hibbs
Dick and Melanie Kelley

100+ Hours
Jayme Bednarczyk and Philip Abbott
Laurie Cochran
Vivian Finkelstein
Jerome and Linda Glenn
Marilyn Golightly
Beth Jimenez
Charles Kidder
Patricia Korpik
Anita Kuehne and Bill Swint
Richard and Amelia Lane
Linda Larkins
Patricia MacPherson
Laddie and Edna Munger
John Pelosi
James Schlitt
Bobby Wilder

40+ Hours
Rosanna Adams
Jeanne Andrus
Angelia Beasley
Harriet Bellerjeau
Judy Bradyhouse
Mark Bruno
Jared Chauncey
Anne Clapp
Sherman Criner
Colin Daniels
Cathy DeWitt
Dennis Drehmel
David and Catherine Duch
Suzanne Edney
Jeffrey Evans
Michael Ferrell
Roland Flory
Sonya Fox
Liza Gettles
Susan Grayson
Judy Belle Halgren
Ilene Holmes
Monica Hudak
Margaret Jordan
Cheryl Kearns
Malissa Kilpatrick
Rudolf and Friederike Machilek
Jean Mitchell
Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis
Elaine Pace
Richard Pearson and Joan Robertson
Mike Pittman
Charlotte Presley
Martha Ramirez
John Schott
Nancy Simonsen
Ann Swallow
Walt and Kathleen Thompson
Betsy Viall
Dee Welker
Ralph Whisnant
David White
Dora Zia

Other Contributions of Hours
Judy Allen
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Balaban
Carol Barmann
Debbie Beach
Lisa Bohlen-Admire
Vandy Bradow
Elizabeth Bridges
Regan Brown
Tom and Marie Bumgarner
Claude and Mary Caldwell
Lynn Canada
George Carey
Erin Champion
Beth Cleveland
Derrick Cleveland
Monika Coleman
Brigitte Crawford
Linda Crocker
Cynthia Cromwell
Kathy Crosby
Patricia Cross
Genelle Dail
Ellen Darst
Joseph Kyle Davis
Graham Dean
Maureen Donini
Sylvia Drew
C. J. Dykes and Bryar Cougle
Don Edwards
Eric Eibelheuser
Mary Lou Eycke
Wayne Friedrich
Josh Fulford
Jens Geratz
Bill Gernon
Elizabeth Guzynski
Korki Hanemann
Judy Harmon
Gail Harris
Barbara Harvey
Cynthia Heinlein
Mitzi Hole
Marty Howard
Gail Ingram
David Josephus
Sheila Kellogg
Jennette King
Anne Lamberti
Maggie Larson
Rebecca Lee
Cindy Levey
Wayne Love
Robert Mackintosh
Sarah Marano
Kathryn Marlow
Alison Martin
Colin McCarty
Mary McCormick
Diane McDaniel
Alberta McKay
Thearon and Vanette McKinney
Guy Meilleur
Rita Mercer
Yvonne Millichip
Frank Moore
Sandy Morgan
Kevin Murray
Robert Nichols, III
Jacquie Ossi
Lauren Ossi
Irene Palmer
Irina Palumbo
Ginny Parker
Lara Rose Philbrook
Tylila Pickham
Rebecca Pledger
Glenda Potter
Katie Pound
Jacqueline Quinn
Katherine Raj
Kathe Rauch
Cynthia Rayno
Alexandra Reid
Judy Ryan
May Saleh
Dianne Schaffer
Mary Lou Shanklin
Stanley Shieh
Jacob Spurgin
Kaitlyn Stubblefield
John Suggs
Ellen Sullivan
Christine Thomson
Anitra Todd
Laura Turas
Lisa Vargues
Kevin Wang
Jay Warfield
Patricia Westphal
Elisabeth Wheeler
Lynn Wilhelm
Amanda Wilkins
Carol Williams
Erica Winston
Qian Wu
Helen Yoest

Volunteering

Volunteer News

By Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator

I would like to recognize a special group of volunteers who have been organizing the various events we have for our volunteers. The volunteer event planners (we call them VEPs) successfully planned and set up our best annual holiday party yet. We had close to 100 volunteers and guests enjoy an evening of good food and friendship. Thank you, VEPs.

Another group of volunteers has been working diligently to construct, repair, and renovate the many little, and big, things that seem to need attention. Whether it is repairing a mail box, constructing frames for display, or painting the Necessary, we are eternally grateful to our construction team for all they do.

New Volunteers

Whatever your talent, we have a place for you among our volunteers. If you enjoy meeting people, digging in the dirt, or helping with data entry, stop by and learn about our volunteer opportunities.

We welcome our new volunteers below:

Doug Barnes – Gardening
Jared Chauncey – Propagation Support
Suzanne Cooper – Gardening
Cyndy Cromwell – Gardening
Don Edwards – Gardening
Eric Eibelheuser – Gardening
Marilyn Fleming – Winter Garden
Judy Belle Halgren – Visitor Center
Korki Hanemann – Gardening
Ann Howell – Visitor Center
Gail Ingram – Gardening
Glenda Potter – Gardening
Becky Rosser – Gardening
Sharon Short – Winter Garden
Rob Thornton – Construction
Lisa Vargues – Gardening
Amanda Wilkins – Lecture Support
Yue Zeng – Gardening

Volunteers at Work and Play

Volunteers Tim Hinton and Sheila Kellogg at the JCRA Plant Sale are about to choose the plants they want to buy for their gardens.

Volunteers try to decide which plants they would like to take home at the volunteer plant swap.

Every fall, our volunteers help set up plants for our annual Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution. Here, they take a break from the morning's work.

After working hard at the Gala in the Garden, Martha Ramirez, Jennette King, and Alisa Lycof-Hinton take a break and enjoy the rest.

Two of our long-time volunteers, Charlie Kidder and Annie Hibbs, enjoy getting together at our Pot Luck Dinner.

Happy Birthday, JC Raulston Arboretum

By Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Garden

Bigger is not always better when it comes to public gardening. JC Raulston Arboretum is admittedly small: ten acres, with less than a dozen staff. I doubt that any public garden in the last 35 years has exerted half the ingenuity, influence, or charm than this hearty band of merry gardeners. Serious gardeners across America have made the pilgrimage (in my case half a dozen times) to visit this extraordinary collection of rare trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants arranged in a series of enchanting gardens.

Why is this garden so special? The plantsmen here have followed the lead of their namesake, J. C. Raulston himself, who was not only a great designer with plants, but probably the keenest plantsman in North America who always sought out the best cultivars, the most unique species, and combined them with great flair in just the right spot. The garden is enormously dynamic, changing constantly. Most importantly, the staff here have always shared both germplasm and knowledge widely.

I took part in a symposium ("Horticultural Madness") this past weekend celebrating the 35th anniversary of this gem of a garden. I could practically feel the benign spirit of J. C. hovering over us those magical days—his humor, his genius, his radiant warmth seem to imbue the proceedings from start to finish. Let me share a few images from this wonderful weekend of Southern hospitality and good fun.

I suspect a good third of the Arboretum has been transformed since my last visit less than a decade ago. There is a magnificent new classroom and administrative building, new entrance, and many new gardens including the wonderful Xeric Garden and Scree Garden full of western U.S. treasures.

Everyone thinks of visiting the South in spring … and it's true that magnolias and azaleas do make for great eye candy then. May I recommend late summer and fall as well? The spectacular display of late summer native asters, grasses, and the beginning hints of fall color are every bit as entrancing as spring's brash colors, and there are bulbs galore flowering this time of year. I have a special weakness for Lycoris, and this one was everywhere!

Kudzu is perhaps the most famous introduced plant in the South. Leave it to the JC Raulston Arboretum to include a fabulous hanging curtain of variegated kudzu on the patio of their new building (just the sort of witty thing you would expect from J. C. himself!).

Of course, you expect the folks there to have the latest and the greatest cultivars of everything. I was astonished to see masses of a spectacular deep purple blanket flower, which it turns out is quite rare in nature. It's impossible to imagine visiting this place and not coming away with dozens (if not hundreds) of must-haves for your garden. Alas, I only have room to share a few of these with you now. This coming weekend, they are providing thousands of rare plants for their members in the famous fall "giveaway" that draws hundreds of plant experts from the entire East Coast. It's not too late to join them!

I have been enormously privileged to have known J. C. Raulston for nearly fifteen years, and now to have watched his legacy thrive for almost that long, maintaining his powerful vision and taking it to new heights. As much as I was enchanted with the plants, the gardens, and the new buildings at the site, the powerful team of workers who put on the symposium (and their many wonderful volunteers) really impressed me most. Teamwork and good humor, teamed with plantsmanship, is the secret of great botanic gardens. None are better than the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Make sure to put it on your short list to visit!

From Digging Into Denver Botanic Garden, September 27, 2011.


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Programs and Education Coordinator
JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

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