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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

June 2003

In This Issue

Director's Note

Annual Vine SupportsOnce again, be looking for the appearance of brand new vine supports in our Annuals Trial and Demonstration Area.  For the second year in a row, students in Professor Anne Spafford's class in landscape construction were assigned this a creative solution for displaying annual and tender perennial vines. Once done and critiqued by instructor and fellow students, the plans are then handed over to another team which interprets and builds the supports. We are placing them outside now and are anxious to display such tender species as new Thunbergias, Phaseolus caracalla (the snail vine....very fragrant!), the exotic Strictocardia vine, variegated Pandorea jasminoides, and many others. I suspect they will look their best in about a month!  This is just one project at the JCRA which engages our students! – Bob Lyons, Director

Developing News

This was the Best Gala Ever!

"This is the best Gala we have ever had!" For the last four seasons of JCRA Galas in the Garden, I have had the pleasure of working with the volunteers and staff who make each Gala just keep getting better and better. It is always a thrill to hear this statement, and indeed, it does get better each year.

My sincere thanks to the Gala Committee, and a very special thanks to our Honorary Co-Chairs, Rosemary & Smedes York, and our Gala Co-Chairs, Phyllis Eller-Moffett and Kara Bertoncino. This year's dedicated committee, the past gala committee members, and our many volunteers are why we continue to hear....."This was the best Gala ever!"......and it was!

A Story of the Ol' Brick House

Brick HouseThere is a rather plain, two story brick house that sits on northern section of the Arboretum. For many visitors, it was just a passing glimpse to the right as they came in the original entrance of the Arboretum.

JCRA volunteers fondly remember the hours they spent chatting with others while they stuffed invitations for the gala or placed labels on newsletters. And NC State horticultural students remember the many hours of study and classroom instruction that took place in the little brick house – instruction that lead to their life's vocation and, in many cases, their life's passion.

The unassuming brick house was sparred demolition because of its history and the sentiment of the people who spent countless hours in the little house, but we need your help to preserve it. We are seeking a donor who would like to sponsor this project and reserve the naming rights of the house, or a volunteer willing to lead a fundraising committee for the preservation of the Brick House.

The JC Raulston Arboretum now has the wonderful new Ruby C. McSwain Education Center – with state-of-the-art classrooms, plenty of workspace for the staff and the dedicated volunteers, great bathrooms, and much more. But we do not want to forget the story of the ol' brick house or what this simple place has meant to so many.

If you would like more information on how you might help restore the Brick House, please call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <>. – Anne Porter, Director of Major Gifts

Gala 2003

To follow up on Anne Porter's report on the 2003 Gala in the Garden – Wow! Mother Nature provided us with warm sunshine, a cool wind, and the gardens at the JCRA in spectacular mode. The gala committee had put in many tireless hours and the event began promptly at 3:00 PM. Fluttering flags invited you into the Arboretum. The NCSU Jazz Band set the tone for an upbeat (no pun intended) event. Monster "critters" lead the way to an amazing array of tents filled with an unbelievable selection of items guaranteed to lighten your pocketbook – could you believe the plants? The atmosphere was festive, the decorations colorful and humorous, the food excellent, and the beverages plentiful. What more did we need for in a great party? Great attendees! Nearly 500 JCRA supporters joined in the fun. The totals aren't quite ready for publication, but watch for an update – I think we'll all be pleased. If you were with us for the gala, thank you for being a part of a great event. Hope you'll be back next year – and bring your friends. If you missed the party – hope to see you next year. Either way, put Sunday, May 2, 2004 on your calendar. See you there!

Birdhouse Competition

Birdhouse CompetionThe JCRA hosted the Third Annual News and Observer Birdhouse Competition on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2003. Nearly 190 applicants brought entries ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous! Some were extremely functional, some completely not! Nearly all brought a smile or comment on the beauty or inventiveness of the construction. Don't miss this event next year. Planned for Mother's Day weekend, watch the N&O for announcements and bring a bird house if you'd like. Otherwise, bring Mom out for a walk in the gardens and a look at some extraordinary homes for our feathered friends.


Most of you receiving this e-mail are probably members but maybe you should check your membership card to see if it's run out. Remember that the JCRA depends on memberships and donations for support. And use JCRA memberships as gifts. What better way to remember a graduate or bride and groom than a membership to the JCRA. Better than another toaster! And don't forget Dad on Father's Day. Be sure to look at your most recent members benefit brochure and frequent the businesses listed there. Can't find it? Call Heather Chapman at (919) 515-3132 and she'll send you a new one. As they used to say on TV," we thank you for your support!" – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Behind the Curtain

The JCRA nursery has gone through lots of changes in the past month. All of the plants are out of their over wintering structures and under irrigation for the summer. It is now the time of year for the great nursery inventory to begin. A rough guess estimates our nursery to have around five thousand plants at this time. This includes plants to be planted in the Arboretum proper, plants for research projects, and plants for several distribution programs. Val Tyson, our Plant Recorder, and several employees will spend the next two weeks counting every plant in the nursery. It is a huge undertaking, but with strong backs, patience, and lots of sunscreen we will have an accurate account of the plants we have waiting to be seen by the public or taken home by members. – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician

Gala Plant Auctions a Raucous Success

The plant auction at the Gala in the Garden.Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of an unprecedented number of nurseries, botanical gardens, and arboreta, the 2003 plant auction at our annual Gala in the Garden was more successful than ever before. With an incredible range of plants, totaling over 1,100 individual specimens, the auction had more to offer for everyone who attended the Gala than practically the past 2 plant auctions combined. Our plant selection continued to build over past years in diversity and beauty, and was especially enhanced this year by contributions from 17 botanical gardens and arboreta, ranging geographically all the way from California to Illinois to Pennsylvania – these institutions all solicited for donations of "special" plants by JCRA Director, Bob Lyons. I remember speaking with Mark Peters, Chair of the JCRA Board and Owner of Piedmont Carolina Nursery (Colfax, NC), who was highly impressed with the diversity plants assembled at the auction. I told him that the diversity assembled before him stood as a testament to the strength of the North Carolina nursery industry. Truly, we all live in a great state that has few peers when it comes to the breadth and quality of the members of our green industry. Below, is a list of the business and institutions that donated plants for the Gala auction. The JCRA thanks them all for their continued support and dedication to our mission and fundraising endeavors. – Todd Lasseigne, Assistant Director

Apex Nurseries (Apex, NC)
Ash Greenhouses and Nursery, (Stanley, NC)
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Atlanta, GA)
Barefoot Paths Nursery (Chapel Hill, NC)
Big Bloomers (Tramway, NC)
Burgaw Creek Nursery (Burgaw, NC)
C & K Industries (Maiden, NC)
Cam Too Camellia Nursery (Greensboro, NC)
Cameron's Nursery (Carthage, NC)
Carroll's Plant Center (Benson, NC)
Coley Bunch Nursery & Garden Center (Stem, NC)
Cornell Plantations (Ithaca, NY)
Currin's Nursery (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Belmont, NC)
Dawes Arboretum (Newark, OH)
Dennis Werner, NCSU (Raleigh, NC)
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (Harrisonburg, VA)
Fairview Garden Center (Raleigh, NC)
Foothills Nursery (Mt. Airy, NC)
Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Fort Worth, TX)
Franklin Bros. Nursery and Greenhouse (Henderson, NC)
Garden Supply (Cary, NC)
Gilbert's Nursery (Chesnee, SC)
Green Hill Farm (Chapel Hill, NC)
Greenleaf Nursery (Tarboro, NC)
Hawksridge Farms (Hickory, NC)
Hefner's Nursery (Conover, NC)
Highland Creek Nursery (Fletcher, NC)
Hinnant's Nursery & Landscaping (Angier, NC)
Homewood Nursery and Garden Center (Raleigh, NC)
Huntington Botanical Gardens (San Marino, CA)
J & B Herb & Plant Farm (Roxboro, NC)
Johnson Nursery Corporation (Willard, NC)
Kevan's Tree Farm (Salisbury, NC)
McLamb's Nursery (Angier, NC)
Mellow Marsh Farm (Pittsboro, NC)
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (Fort Bragg, CA)
Messenbrink's Nursery (Nashville, NC)
Mich Gardens at Jordan Lake (Apex, NC)
Monrovia Growers (LaGrange, NC)
Moon Meadow Perennials (Greensboro, NC)
Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia, PA)
Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
Mt. Cuba Center for Study of the Piedmont Flora (Greenville, DE)
Old Courthouse Nursery (Warsaw, NC)
Pender Nursery (Raleigh, NC)
Pi Alpha Xi, NCSU Chapter (Raleigh, NC)
Piedmont Carolina Nursery (Colfax, NC)
Pine Knot Farms (Clarksville, VA)
Plant Delights Nursery (Raleigh, NC)
Plantworks Nursery (Rougemont, NC)
Pleasant Gardens Nursery (Pittsboro, NC)
PSD Pine Straw Distributors (Raleigh, NC)
Redwine's Plantscaping (Raleigh, NC)
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara, CA)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens (Durham, NC)
Scott Arboretum of Swathmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
Shadow Nursery (Winchester, TN)
Southern Comfort Landscape and Nursery (Mt. Holly, NC)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Super Sod of the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
Swift Creek Nursery (Clayton, NC)
Table Rock Nursery (Morganton, NC)
Tarheel Native Trees (Clayton, NC)
Taylor's Nursery (Raleigh, NC)
Val Tyson, NCSU (Raleigh, NC)
Worthington Farms (Greenville, NC)
Yadkin Valley Nursery (Yadkinville, NC)
Zelenka Nursery (Sims, NC)

Coming Attractions – Highlights of June

Annuals Trial and Demonstration Area with Mixed Border in the background.The JCRA Annuals Trial and Demonstration Area is filled with hundreds of colorful annuals, each vying to receive the coveted All-America Selection designation after evaluation. The Perennial Border and the Elizabeth Lawrence Border are simply glorious this month, filled with flowers of Clematis, Coreopsis, Gaura, Hemeorcallis, Liatris, Salvia, and Verbena.


This show is free. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

A Welcome to Sara Millar: Inaugural Ben Anderson Internship Recipient

Sara MillarIt is my pleasure to introduce Sara Millar, our first recipient of the Ben Anderson Internship here at the JCRA. This internship was created through the generosity of the Lichtin Family Foundation, Inc. and is named in honor of Ben Anderson, an inspiration and mentor to Harold Lichtin during his college years here at NC State. The selectee of the Anderson Internship is chosen based on academic merit and demonstration of a committed interest to the field of ornamental horticulture.

Sara is a senior in the horticulture department's four-year program and has already displayed outstanding potential. In her first week and a half here at the JCRA, Sara has already displayed an enthusiasm and work ethic that is top notch. The outlook for progress in plantings, collections management, and overall curation of the collections is looking bright this summer with the extra help that Sara adds. Please feel free to introduce yourself and help in welcoming her to the JCRA. – Jon Roethling, Horticultural Assistant

June Events

Henry Isaacs Garden Paintings – June 6, 2003 (Friday) – 6:00 PM-9:00 PM – $25.00 (benefiting the JCRA)

Gallery C at Ridgewood Shopping Center and the JCRA are getting together to present the artwork of Henry Isaacs. The artist's reception to benefit the Arboretum will be Friday evening, June 6, 2003. Tickets to the reception may be purchased the night of the event or in advance for $25.00 each. For more information on the workshop, visit Gallery C's Web site.  Mark your calendars for this unique opportunity to support the JCRA!

Arboretum Plantsmen's Tour – June 17, 2003 (Tuesday) – 5:30 PM – Special Evening Tour – Free

"Vines, Vines, and More Vines" – Evergreen and deciduous, flowering and not-so-great flowering, vigorous and tame, groundcovers and tree-climbers...the world of vines is amazingly diverse. Join Jon Roethling, JCRA Horticultural Technician, on a tour of the JCRA collections where you will be looking both up in the trees and down on the ground, exploring the amazingly diverse world of vines.

Details for these events and all other JCRA events can be found in the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site.

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