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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

September 2003

In This Issue

Director's Note

Terrace Stair Cascade gardenHot, muggy, and moist are many of the conditions we don't particularly like.....but one general group of plants with ever-increasing popularity often thrives under them! The tender perennials, or those ornamental plants hardy somewhere else in the world but not here, are being exploited more and more for summer landscapes. They frequently possess exceptionally colorful foliage and cover beds quickly with their accelerated growth rates. Yet, once the first frost arrives, they make an exit....and a permanent one at that. Two excellent locations at the JCRA to view and study these plants can be seen in the accompanying photos. The first is on the south slope of the bookstore and the second is in the bed along Beryl Road. The latter was generously designed and supplied by Pam Baggett, owner of Singing Springs Nursery, who has been doing this for several years! Check out her Web site <> if you'd like to secure some for yourself next year and come to the JCRA for a visit if you'd just like to see and enjoy them! – Bob Lyons, Director

Developing News

Special Dedication

Cancellor Marye Anne Fox; Annie Laurie Williams; Charles Manooch, III; and Dean Johnny Wynne (left to right) at the dedication of the CascadeSunday, August 17, 2003, there were more that 60 friends and family who attended a special dedication of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center's beautiful Cascade. The Cascade was sponsored by Annie Laurie Williams in memory of the "Life and Spirit" of her late niece, Margaret Snow Manooch.

Johnny Wynne, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, presided over the event, and Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Ph.D., expressed her gratitude to Mrs. Williams and presented her with a special commemorative memento. Charles (Chuck) Manooch, III, Ph.D., gave a very moving testimony about his late mother, Margaret Snow Manooch, and expressed his sincere appreciation to his great aunt, Annie Laurie Williams, for honoring her in this way.

On behalf of the JC Raulston Arboretum, we again thank Mrs. Williams for this generous gift – a beautiful memorial to a very special lady!

If you are interested in a special tribute or memorial gift for a friend or loved one, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463.

Annual Fund: Your Help – Our Commitment to Excellence!

As a member of the JCRA, you may have recently received a special Annual Fund Appeal letter. If you have already sent the response card back to us – thank you! If you returned the card with a gift - a very special thanks to you! If your letter somehow lost its way under other mail and old newspapers, please take minute to find it and give it another look.

This is the first time in years that a special Annual Fund appeal has been sent to the JCRA membership. With the current budget crisis and generally tough economic times that we all have suffered from, the Annual Fund is critically important to the day-to-day operations of the Arboretum. As the Appeal states, "Your Help – Our Commitment to Excellence" – that says it all! We are committed to the highest standards of teaching and research at the JC Raulston Arboretum, and with your help and support, we will continue to ACHIEVE excellence!

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

Barbara Kennedy (left) and Mary Caldwell (right) weed the Arboretum's nursery.It is unanimous, 2003 is officially the year of the weeds. An extra cold and wet winter has laid the groundwork for a higher than usual germination rate of weeds throughout the region. The JC Raulston nursery has not escaped the recent plague of crabgrass, yellow wood sorrel, and nutsedge. Fortunately, I have had help keeping the weeds at bay from a dedicated group of volunteers. Barbara Kennedy has organized a group of volunteers to come in, sit on pots, and pull weeds. They have helped keep two of our nine nursery spaces clean, mainly going after the larger weeds which are threatening to go to seed and perpetuate the problem. A behind the scenes volunteer crew that has made a difference out here. Many thanks. – Anne Calta, Horticultural Technician

Coming Attractions – Highlights of September

Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover in the Klein-Pringle White GardenWelcome early fall delights! Now is a wonderful time to visit the Arboretum and enjoy the season finale for the Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area and the many tender "perennials" located throughout the JCRA. There are many more areas especially nice in September including the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, Ornamental Grass Collection, and Perennial Border.


Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly bush
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Albifructus' – white beautyberry
Callicarpa japonica 'Leucocarpa' – white Japanese beautyberry
Canna indica 'Red Stripe' – canna
Capsicum annuum 'Chilly Chili' – ornamental peppers
Chrysanthemum (15-501 yellow) – garden chrysanthemum
Clematis 'Alionushka' – clematis
Clematis terniflora – sweet autumn clematis
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Cosmos sulphureus – sulphur cosmos
Echinacea species and cultivars – coneflower
Eupatorium purpureum 'Big Umbrella' – Joe-pye weed
Helianthus maximilianii – Maximilian sunflower
Hemerocallis 'Janice Brown' – daylily
Heptacodium miconioides – seven-son's tree
Hibiscus coccineus – scarlet mallow
Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' – hardy lantana
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Patrinia scabiosifolia – patrinia
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhododendron makinoi – Makino rhododendron
Rhodophiala bifida – oxblood-lily
Rosa species and cultivars – – rose
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop
Sedum 'Ruby Glow' – garden stonecrop
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' – garden stonecrop
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' – goldenrod

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

September Calendar

Herbaceous Tours for Early Birds and Night Owls – September 13, 2003 (Saturday) – Late Season Annuals 10:00 AM – Perennial Border Tour 6:00 PM – Free

Join Director Bob Lyons as he takes you through the winners and wannabes of color in the JCRA Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area. Then catch your breath and return later in the evening for the runway tour of selected perennial species found within the JCRA Perennial Border. Pick and choose your way through these two tours or simply take them both. They 're free and open to the public!

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – September 16, 2003 (Tuesday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Andean Underground: Tubers, Bulbs, Corms, and Other Hidden Organs" presented by Alfredo Grau, Ph.D., University of Tucumán, Argentina. This talk will show an overview of Andean tuberous plants and the landscapes were they grow, focusing on some lesser-known species, some attractive ornamentals, and others with interesting properties such as food, medicines, or insecticides.

Plantsmen's Tour – September 19, 2003 (Friday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Shade Trees" Ahhh, after a hard day's work, there's nothing better than enjoying the cool, refreshing shade underneath your favorite tree. Come and join Todd Lasseigne on a tour featuring some of the JCRA's brightest stars (both new and old) as potential shade trees for our gardens and urban landscapes and streetscapes. There's more to shade trees than red maple (Acer rubrum), after all!

Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale at the JC Raulston Arboretum – September 27, 2003 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and September 28, 2003 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Offering rare and unique annual, perennial, and woody ornamentals. Proceeds benefit horticultural scholarships and area charities. For more information, contact a Pi Alpha Xi member at (919) 515-3178 or visit <>.

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

Once again we're highlighting three of our benefit providers. This month we're featuring the Gardener's Edge, the Garden Hut, and Green Heron Landscaping.

Amy Fahmy and her two partners, Edward Parker and Matt Roberts, all three NCSU graduates, are owners of the Gardener's Edge. Located in both Raleigh and Asheville, the have the unique ability and talent to both design and install your garden. Specializing in large perennial borders, they also do community design projects and smaller designs. You can visit them at 320 Morrison Avenue in Raleigh, NC or at 20 Battery Park Avenue in Asheville, NC. Their phone numbers are (919) 789-0093 and (828) 275-4003 and their Web site is <>. They offer 10% off your landscape design services and consultation.

Now under the management of NCSU graduate Nelsa Cox of WPTF's Saturday morning garden talk show fame, the Garden Hut endeavors to make a visit to their facility a pleasing, pleasant experience. They offer a diverse plant collection specializing in perennials, a unique collection of functional yet attractive accessories, and a knowledgeable, service oriented staff. They're located at 1508 North Main Street (Highway 401) in Fuquay-Varina; phone (919) 552-0590. You can also reach Nelsa at <>. You will receive a 10% discount on regularly priced trees and shrubs by showing your valid membership card.

Located at 101 Bromfield Way in Cary, Green Heron Landscaping, Inc. is a comprehensive landscape design, installation, and maintenance firm. Their mission is to work with their clients throughout the entire landscape process so that the original vision of the home owner and the designer is realized. They install trees, shrubs, and perennial gardens as well as stone walls, patios, and garden features. Call (919) 387-1830 to set up a consultation with landscape designer Shannon Hathaway. They offer 50% off a landscape design consultation at your home.

Be sure to put October 3, 4, and 5, 2003 on your calendar for the "Moonlight" in the Garden event. More details to follow. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

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