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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2003

In This Issue

Director's Note

Bernadette Clark (right) and Frankie Fanelli (left) plant the Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area.As a Director, I'm constantly aware of the special talents that each of my staff members possesses. I see the results every day, I work with them closely when I can, and I'm delighted when recognition for their skills goes beyond our own membership. Well, such has recently happened when I found out that our special 25th Anniversary Newsletter issue received a Garden Globe Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association of America. This color issue was pioneered and commandeered by our own Newsletter Editor, Chris Glenn. The background work that gives rise to any newsletter is complicated; the design, layout, and content must flow together logically and aesthetically.....but this special issue was especially challenging. I know I speak for the entire JCRA staff when I congratulate Chris for his work! 

Then there is Bernadette Clark, our technician who manages our annuals trials and evaluation plantings. Bernadette was recently recognized as an Outstanding Employee by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and will be considered for further recognition at the university level. Bernadette holds somewhat of a hybrid position with the JCRA since she is also a technician in the departmental apple research program. Her ability to juggle these responsibilities which are almost in parallel universes is exemplary.

Congratulations to both Bernadette and Chris for their being awarded for what we have known all along!

Gala in the Garden

Corporate Sponsors to Date

Diamond Sponsor
North Carolina Association of Nurserymen

Platinum Sponsor
A. E. Finley Foundation

Gold Sponsor
The Hamlin Companies

Silver Sponsor
Jim Deal/Pender Nursery
Fair Products
First Citizens Bank
Patsy and Hal Hopfenberg and Dick and Marlene Daugherty
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Murphy
York Properties/Smedes and Rosemary York

Bronze Sponsor
Bill and Dottie Burns
Century Framing
Ron and Jeannette Doggett
Gilmore Plant and Bulb Co., Inc.
Golden Corral
J W York Co.
Bill and Melda Lamm
Myatt Landscaping Concepts Inc.
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
Piedmont/Carolina Nurseries
Premier Communications Inc.
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company

The preparations for the 2003 Gala in the Garden are well under way. We're delighted to have as our honorary chairs Smedes and Rosemary York. They've put much time into personal notes to many of those being asked to become corporate sponsors. Co-chairs Phyllis Eller-Moffett and Kara Bertoncino have worked hard as heads of the committee this year and this Gala promises to be an outstanding one under their leadership. 

Auction co-chairs Jan Wilson and Amy Veatch have encouraged the committee to scour the country-side for exciting items for the silent auctions. Be sure to preview of some of the wonderful items being offered this year on our Gala Web site. A new twist to this year's gala: a special drawing instead of a live auction. Your invitation included five special drawing tickets for naming rights for a beautiful, well located "Pocket Garden." The naming rights for this garden located immediately outside the main entrance to the York Auditorium would normally require a $5,000.00 donation. It can be yours for a mere $10.00. Or better yet, purchase five tickets for the reduced price of $25.00. Want more opportunities to win? Call Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or Heather Chapman at (919) 515-3132.

Decorations chair Shelley McCain and her crew have spent many hours holed up in the old brick house classroom creating – well, come to the Gala and find out for yourself. I can't believe it but I believe she's topped last year's decorations. 

Ed Willer, our Corporate Sponsor chair, has been busy bringing in the corporate sponsors. These wonderful individuals and businesses are the backbone of the Gala. Without these generous individuals, the Gala would never be such a successful fund raiser. Want to join up as a corporate sponsor? Call Donna at the number above. You'll know you've helped the JCRA with its ongoing needs and to further the mission of the Arboretum and you can bring a group of friends or business acquaintances to the Gala. What better way to spend an afternoon? 

In case you missed the details, the 2003 Gala in the Garden is Sunday, May 4, beginning at 3:00 PM. The tickets are $50.00 per person. It's a wonderful party held in the garden itself. There will be an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, and the special drawing. It's a party not to be missed. If your invitation got misplaced, call us and we'll send you another one, or just have your charge card ready and we'll take your information right then. Don't miss this wonderful party and the chance to help the JCRA. Hope to see you at the Gala. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Guaranteed Fixed Income.....

Annuitant's Age   Income Tax
Annuity Rate*
60 $2,021.00 6.0%
65 $2,640.00 6.3%
70 $3,298.00 6.7%
75 $3,914.00 7.3%
80 $4,440.00 8.3%
85 $5,266.00 9.1%

.....Now this is something worth "digging" into!

Don't let the current environment of low interest rates "wilt" your spirits. Put some of your cash or appreciated securities into a charitable gift annuity with the JC Raulston Arboretum. These irrevocable contributions pay a fixed annuity for life that's guaranteed – and also produce a 2003 tax deduction. The benefits for a $10,000.00 minimum gift are shown to the right:

*The annuity rate and tax deduction are somewhat lower when two annuitants are designated.

What better way to provide for the JC Raulston Arboretum's future and your own? For more information, contact Anne Porter, (919) 513-3463, or Joan DeBruin, (919) 515-9076. – Anne Porter, Director of Major Gifts

Behind the Curtain

Newly Converted Hardening Off GreenhouseSpring has finally arrived and so has a busy time in the Arboretum nursery. Numerous tasks such as potting up cuttings and seeds, relocating plants to the shade or sun, cleaning out greenhouses, putting on shade cloths, clearing out chilling coolers, checking irrigation, and double checking irrigation. Organizing a nursery with hundreds and hundreds of different plants is an important part of maintaining our collections and makes the task of nursery inventory as easy as possible. 

We have recently installed a simple leaf mist system which will allow us to begin propagating many seeds in our collection from the Ericaceae family. This family requires a pretreatment of acid followed by an extended stratification period. The leaf mist system will control the amount of moisture during the stratification, not allowing the seeds to get too wet or too dry. Hopefully we will have lots of new ericaceous plants to distribute in the future. – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician

Coming Attractions – Highlights of May

Flowering yuccas in the Perennial Border.Spring is flying by fast! Time to visit the Arboretum to enjoy the last bits of spring in the South, our local version of a lovely English summer.

This month, be on the lookout for flowers of sweet bay and Southern magnolias, mock-orange (Philadelphus), roses, Japanese spirea, and weigela in their full glory throughout the Arboretum. The Perennial Border will explode with color, showcasing clematis, beard-tongue (Penstemon), sage (Salvia), perennial verbenas, and Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa). Don't miss the numerous mountain laurel (Kalmia) and hydrangea cultivars in the Lath House; by the end of the month hostas will be stealing their show.

In late May, it will be time again to appreciate the simple splendor of a rose in the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden. Yucca flower spikes will be striking in the Perennial Border. Throughout the Arboretum you will also find gardenias, St. John's wort (Hypericum), and hydrangeas in flower.

This show is free. We invite you to visit the Arboretum often.

Be sure to visit the "Now Showing" section on the JC Raulston Arboretum's Web site for the latest report on what is in bloom at the Arboretum. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

May Events

Gala in the Garden – May 4, 2003 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-6:00 PM – $50.00 (reservations required)

Please join us for a spring afternoon Gala in the Garden with cocktails, gourmet hor d'oeuvres, and live music. There will be a delightful silent auction featuring more than 150 items and more than 150 plants! Enjoy a spring afternoon strolling around the gardens, mingling with friends, and perusing all the dazzling auction items. Make your reservations by calling Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 8, 2003 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for JCRA Members/$5.00 for Nonmembers

"Flora and the Foreigner, Beyond the Pampas – Plant Exploration in Argentina" presented by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. Take a visual journey of the temperate region of Argentina with Tony Avent to see the floral wonders of part of the Southern Hemisphere. Tony will highlight some of his newfound introductions, sure to grace our gardens in the future.

The Great News and Observer Birdhouse Contest – May 10 and 11, 2003 (Saturday and Sunday)

Are you serious about building a better birdhouse, or do you think a birdhouse is a frivolity, just an excuse to let your creativity take wing? If you are, then enter The Great News and Observer Birdhouse Contest. Reserve a spot by calling Home section editor Bill DuPre at (919) 829-4758 or sending e-mail to Be sure to put "Birdhouse Contest" in the subject line. Entrants should take their birdhouses to the JC Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Road in Raleigh by 9:00 AM, May 10.

Arboretum Plantsmen's Tour – May 20, 2003 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Mexican Plant Salsa" – Mexico (the 14th largest nation in the world) holds a treasure trove of plants – the 3rd largest flora on the planet. The JCRA has long specialized in studying cold-hardy plants from Mexico. Join Todd Lasseigne, JCRA Assistant Director, two weeks after "Cinco de Mayo" to explore these fascinating plants.

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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