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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

December 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

I'd like to bid a final and fond farewell to all of the JCRA recipients of the e-Update! It has been great to see and talk to so many of you in the past few weeks, especially those who live so far away and can't get here in person. Using this electronic forum for information outreach has been a terrific mechanism for communicating with our constituency. Through the JCRA e-Update, Lyons' Den, and Web presence of the Newsletter, we have been able to reach more people with more timely information than ever before. I will miss my periodic news flashes but I'm sure they will continue through the "mind and fingers" of my successor. The department is currently preparing the job announcement so as to search for the right person to take over as director and professor and I'm confident they will be successful. I'm also delighted to let you know that Kim Powell, a professor in our department, will be assuming the position of Interim Director. Under his stewardship, the JCRA will continue on course as it follows its prescribed long term plan. Kim is committed to managing the JCRA during the next months as well as becoming an active advocate for the JCRA. Please extend your own warm welcome to him and, ultimately, to the next Director. Again, it has been my pleasure! – Bob Lyons, Director

A Legacy for the Future

The JC Raulston Arboretum Board of Advsitors has initiated the creation of an endowment to honor Bob Lyons. Serving as director of the JCRA from 1999 to 2004, Bob's dedication, leadership, support, and service have been invaluable to the growth and stability of the Arboretum. The JCRA Board of Advisors has a goal of $50,000.00 in order to create "A Legacy for the Future – Dr. Robert E. Lyons Internship Endowment," and we invite you to help us reach this goal. Through your generosity and with the support of the many friends of the Arboretum, we will create a permanent intern position that will benefit both the Arboretum and worthy students throughout the years. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Connoisseur Plants

Many thanks to each of you who responded to our recent membership solicitation and joined at the Sponsor or above level. Now you have approximately two weeks to wait anxiously for the Connoisseur Plants order information. Todd Lasseigne and Val Tyson are putting together the information and we plan to mail the descriptions and order form to you between December 10 and 15, 2004. One word of advice, don't take too long to go over the list. There is a limited number of any one plant and, if you really, really want one particular plant, you should fax or drop off the form to us as soon as possible. The plants will be pulled on a first come, first served basis. Jon Roethling will notify you when your plants are ready and you may come by the JCRA to pick them up – remember, we're not here during the weekend. Of course, if you live too far from the Arboretum and picking up your plants is just impossible, let Jon know and he'll send your order to you. Remember, don't lay that order form down to peruse later. You might miss out on that really longed-for plant.

Since this is the last e-Update before 2005, I'd like to take this time to wish each of you peace, health, and happiness during the holiday and the coming year.

Till 2005! – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Coming Attractions – Highlights of December

Acer palmatum [Dissectum Atropurpureum Group] – red lace-leaf Japanese mapleAs winter approaches, colorful flowers relinquish the spotlight to plants with interesting form, evergreen foliage, and eyecatching fruits or bark. In addition to our permanent plantings, visit the Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area to preview pansies, violas, snapdragons, sedum, dianthus, and a wide assortment of daisies and other cool weather ornamentals now under evaluation.

Conifer Collection
Cedrus deodara 'Glacier Blue' – dwarf Deodar cedar
Pinus taeda 'Nana' – dwarf loblolly pine
Pinus armandii – Chinese white pine

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Acer palmatum [Dissectum Atropurpureum Group] – red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' – weeping blue Deodar cedar
Fatsia japonica – Japanese fatsia
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' – hybrid crepe myrtle

Japanese Garden
Lagerstroemia fauriei – Japanese crepe myrtle
Mahonia (Yucca Do hybrids) – grapeholly
Phyllostachys nigra – black bamboo

Lath House
Araucaria araucana – monkey puzzle tree
Castanopsis cuspidata var. sieboldii 'Angyo Yellow' – variegated Japanese chinquapin
Cleyera japonica 'Variegata' – variegated Japanese cleyera

Mixed Border
Daphniphyllum macropodum – false daphne
Pinus wallichiana 'Zabrina' – variegated Himalyan pine

Paradise Garden
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick

Perennial Border
Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Miscanthus floridulus – giant Chinese silver grass
Yucca filamentosa 'Variegata' – variegated Adam's needle

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ring' – purpleleaf Japanese barberry – E41
Cercis canadensis subsp. texensis 'Traveller' – weeping Texas redbud – E43a
Betula utilis 'Kashmir White' – Himalayan white birch – E43b, S06
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Mahonia japonica – grapeholly – L08
Mahonia ×media 'Underway' – grapeholly – L08
Nandina domestica – heavenly bamboo – E08, E16
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19, W15
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40
Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' – Camperdown weeping elm – P01

This show is free. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist & Judy Morgan-Davis, Interpretive Assistant

December Calendar

Poinsettia Open House at the JC Raulston Arboretum – December 5, 2004 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-5:00 PM – Free

NC State Floriculture is part of a national poinsettia program that tests poinsettia cultivars to determine which ones are best for consumers and for producers. You will have a chance to see these cultivars yourself and vote for your favorites. Over 110 different cultivars of poinsettias – including new experimental cultivars – will be on display. Stop by to see our famous 9' tall poinsettia tree and other displays. Help us decide which poinsettias are North Carolina's favorites.

"Holiday Landscape Plants" Tours– 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM

Farewell Reception for Bob Lyons, JCRA Director – December 7, 2004 (Tuesday) – 4:00 PM-6:00 PM – Free

Julia Kornegay, Ph.D., and the Department of Horticultural Science invite you to a farewell reception for Bob Lyons, JCRA Director. Please join Bob and all his "peeps" as we say farewell. Download the original PDF invitation. Please RSVP by contacting Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <> by December 3, 2004 (Friday).

Plantsmen's Tour – December 16, 2004 (Thursday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"The Overcrowded Garden" – As an issue that all gardeners, as well as the JCRA Assistant Director, face, join Todd Lasseigne in philosophizing on how to manage gardens and plant collections when space becomes limiting due to over-prosperous plants or overeager garden plantings.

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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