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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2003

In This Issue

Director's Note

Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration AreaFair Warning!

The first couple weeks of October signal a major change in the Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area. It is the official end of the summer evaluation season and all the plants are removed to make way for the winter trials. Most are taken out and tossed onto the compost pile but others are simply tilled back into the soil. This consistent churning back of the organic matter of the old plants and mulch has made these beds exceptionally good for soil structure, but also weak in major nutrients. That's why we have to restore our nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus each season prior to planting. It is a small price to pay for exceptional soils. For your information, it usually takes about two months to prepare the performance report for the summer season just passed but you can always look towards our Web site for reports of the past. Our most recent, summer 2002, is available for your study and review. Stay tuned for next year's display. – Bob Lyons, Director

Developing News

Could Your IRA be a Bad Thing?

Well, if you die with a balance in your retirement account, it could be taxed twice – as an estate asset and also as income! Including the JC Raulston Arboretum as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement account will save your estate and heirs money plus help the Arboretum continue to grow and flourish.

For more free/no obligation information on how to make a gift with your retirement plan or other assets to the JCRA please call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3464 or Joan DeBruin at (919) 515-9076. They would love to help you with your planned gift.

Annual Fund: Your Help – Our Commitment to Excellence!

A special thank you to the many donors who supported the Annual Fund. The response has been wonderful, and the funds will be used for these significant areas:

In addition, the information collected from the appeal's survey will help us continue to improve the Arboretum's service to you – our donors and members! Thanks again for your overwhelming support!

If you are interested in more information on giving opportunities for the JCRA, please give Anne Porter a call at (919) 513-3463 or e-mail <>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Behind the Curtain

The Arboretum nursery full of plants for the 2003 Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution.It's my favorite time of the year, time to start getting the nursery in order for the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution (a.k.a. Plant Giveaway). Many of you have helped with the setup days before the event, but the work for this started several years ago. We are giving away over 5,000 plants ranging from recently rooted cuttings to plants we started from seed over three years ago. Lists are being compiled, blocks of plants counted, and a few things are being dug out of the Arboretum. There is nothing quite as satisfying as seeing three years of work disappear in ten minutes. Let the wild rumpus begin! – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician

Coming Attractions – Highlights of October

Saccharum arundinaceum – hardy sugarcane (background) and Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly grass (foreground)Last chance before frost to visit the tender perennials in the Entry Garden (along Beryl Road near old entry) and Container Gardens. The Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, Ornamental Grass Collection, and Perennial Border are exceptionally nice this month also.


Perennial Border

Klein-Pringle White Garden

Mixed Border

Lath House

Paradise Garden

Throughout the JCRA

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

October Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 3, 2003 (Friday) – 7:00 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Bordering on Insanity" presented by Bob Lyons, Ph.D., JC Raulston Arboretum. What would have possessed someone to consider renovation and replanting of the enormous perennial border at the JC Raulston Arboretum? Come hear and see how dinner and a conversation at a Chinese restaurant led to the mammoth restoration efforts in 1999 to redefine and redesign the border. A photographic timeline will be presented to document the process and illustrate its subsequent evolution, paying special attention to selected species found within one of the most notable and captivating mix of perennials found anywhere!

"Moonlight" in the Garden – October 3, 4, and 5, 2003 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) – 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

See the Arboretum dressed in its fall finery and accessorized by the garden lighting talents of John Garner of Southern Lights of Raleigh. In previous years, John used over 375 fixtures and more than1.5 miles of cable to create a temporary garden-lighting wonderland. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn new ideas about landscape lighting and to see the gardens in a completely different perspective. We know John will outdo himself again! Admission: $10.00 for NCSU Student, $15. 00 for JCRA members, and $20.00 general public.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution – October 4, 2003 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM – registration begins at 7:30 PM – Free for members, nonmembers must become members

Take home as many free plants as you can grab in the few minutes before they are gone. This annual event is our most popular program because we give away thousands of plants, many of which are rare and unusual. Please bring a cart to carry all of your new plants. This is a members only event, however, nonmembers can become a member at any time before the event including at the event itself.

Plantsmen's Tour – October 31, 2003 (Friday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Plants That Make You Go Eek, Ugh, Ack, Etc." In celebration of Halloween, come out to the Arboretum and join Todd on a tour of plants that should be considered "armed and dangerous." Focusing on an eclectic assortment of plants, you'll leave the day knowing the difference between thorns, spines, and prickles, and you'll know that roses really don't have thorns.

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

Benefit Providers Showcase

This month's featured benefits providers are: Gypsy's Ice Cream Malt Shop, Homewood Nursery, Inc., and Hoyt Bangs Landscape Design Services.

Owner Brett Mozingo of Gypsy's Ice Cream Malt Shop has a job most of us would die for. Imagine the temptations of dishing out delicious Maola ice cream all day! Gypsy's is located in the Cary Towne Center Mall next to the merry-go-round. They're open 10:00 AM-9:30 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM-6:00 PM on Sundays. Their phone number is (919) 469-9003 and their Web site is <>. Brett is giving our members 10% off your total ice cream purchase including cones, milkshakes, sundaes, etc.

Homewood Nursery is a family-owned independent garden center that was founded as a backyard greenhouse in 1967 by Bill Stoffregen. The nursery has grown to include over 50,000 sq. ft. of greenhouses, a 1.5 acre nursery sales area, a garden center, and gift shop. Homewood grows a wide selection of plants for both indoors and outdoors. Houseplants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, garden mums, geraniums, and over 30,000 poinsettias are produced in their greenhouses. They also offer over 600 species and varieties of woody ornamental plants and a fantastic selection of seasonal perennial plants. They're located at 10809 Honeycutt Road in Raleigh. Get in touch with them at (919) 847-0117 or <>. They've made a change in their benefit. They've expanded it to 10% off any tree purchases by a JCRA member.

The last provider to be highlighted this month is Hoyt Bangs Landscape Design Services. They are a full service landscape business specializing in residential design consultations, planting plans, hardscape design, and master planning. Located in Raleigh since 1985, Hoyt received his Masters in Landscape Architecture from the NCSU School of Design. Contractor referrals and installation management are offered in addition to design services. Call Hoyt for a complementary design estimate as well as a 10% discount on all design services.

Remember to have your valid membership card available when you visit these businesses and be sure to add your thanks to ours for their being a part of the JCRA benefit providers! – Donna Walker, Development Associate

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