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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

After a little more than a year in a "test" mode, the facilities at the JCRA may once again be reserved for special functions….and they are much expanded. The familiar areas that once hosted weddings, like our Klein-Pringle White Garden, can now be booked for such occasions, as can the large York Auditorium in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. This facility can be subdivided into three smaller rooms for groups needing more close quarters or the entire auditorium may be reserved for larger functions. There is a complete fee structure for these areas and Faye Koonce has taken on the responsibilities for handling reservations. Any questions, including those regarding fees, can be directed to Faye at (919) 513-7457. We will always schedule our undergraduate classes in the York Auditorium as a first priority but once that is determined each semester, the calendar becomes available for internal and external groups. – Bob Lyons, Director

Gala in the Garden

Gala in the Garden – 2003May 2nd, the date for the 2004 Gala in the Garden, is coming quickly. The Gala committee has been meeting since November to plan and prepare for a Gala that is even more spectacular than the last one – hard to imagine if you were at the Gala last year. The caterer is ready, the tents are on their way, the decorations are all but complete, the silent auction items are pouring in. Have you made your reservation? Why not join the hundreds of folks who're planning to be at the JCRA on Sunday, May 2nd. The festivities begin at 3:00 PM. Held among the beautiful JCRA gardens, there will be open bars, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music by talented NCSU students, and an amazing plethora of auction items guaranteed to entice. There's still time to get your name on the list but YOU MUST HURRY! The numbers must go to the caterer soon. Call Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 and have your Master Card or Visa ready. Don't delay or you'll miss this wonderful friend- and fund-raiser. Hope to see you there!

Can't make the event but want to support the Gala? Call Donna Walker to make a support gift or to purchase some special drawing tickets. The drawing is for the naming rights to the Parking Circle Container Garden – normally requiring a $5,000.00 donation – located near the JCRA parking lot. The tickets are one for $10.00 or five for $25.00. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Special Congratulations!

We are very pleased to announce that Robert E. Lyons, Ph.D., J. C. Raulston Distinguished Professor and Director of the JCRA, was presented with the 2004 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Resource Development Award for the outstanding efforts that he has made in securing private funds to benefit the JCRA and CALS. The award was presented at the April 14, 2004 joint session of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., North Carolina Tobacco Foundation, and North Carolina Dairy Foundation Spring Board Meeting.

Day to day, month to month, and year to year, Bob Lyons has played an integral part in the fund raising efforts at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Bob assisted with the completion of the "Raise the Roof" fund raising campaign, and he was instrumental in realizing J. C. Raulston's dream of building a state-of-the-art education center at the Arboretum. The Ruby C. McSwain Education Center is a testament to the dream of J. C. and so many dedicated donors and volunteers, but is it also the evidence of Bob's determination and hard work. (During the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center's construction, his nickname was "Builder Bob," and he will be the first to say that overseeing a mammoth construction project is not like planting trees!)

Successful fund raising combines hours of donor cultivation and stewardship; time and effort devoted to grant writing; membership development; fostering volunteers; and much more. Bob has been instrumental in all of these fund raising areas, all while teaching classes; directing a staff of 12 and hundreds of volunteers; lecturing all over the country; and advancing the JCRA to national and international acclaim.

Congratulations, Bob! Well done! – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of May

Finley-Nottingham Rose GardenMay is the time to enjoy the last bits of spring in the South, our local version of a lovely English summer.

Spring is flying by fast at the Arboretum, especially with the series of unusual days we had with temperatures reaching into the 80s. This month don't miss the flowers of sweet bay and Southern magnolia, mock-orange (Philadelphus), rose, Japanese spirea, gardenia, hydrangea, weigela, and St. John's wort (Hypericum) 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). Later in May it will be time again to appreciate the simple splendor of a rose in the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden.

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

May Calendar

Gala in the Garden – May 2, 2004 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM – $50.00 – Reservations Required

A lively party and fund raiser attended by hundreds of JCRA members and supporters and held among the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum, the Gala will feature live music, an open bar, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of many other distinctive items. Please call Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 to make your reservation.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 20, 2004 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Species Begonias from the Land of the Olmecs" presented by Rekha Morris, Ph.D. – This presentation will focus on some of the more interesting and unusual begonia species which Rekha has documented and collected in the rain forests of the eastern Sierra Madre Mountains of Veracruz and adjacent areas of Oaxaca states of Mexico. Rekha, a noted speaker and garden writer, has taken six trips since 2001 to these areas. With the help of several maps and slides of landscapes, the first part illustrates where begonias grow, while the second part focuses on the begonias themselves.

Plantsmen's Tour – May 27, 2004 (Thursday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Purple Reign" – Colors 'R Us, and purple-leaf plants reign supreme. Beyond the many cultivars of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) that grace the grounds of the JCRA are many other plants with colorful, purple leaves. Join Todd as we walk the Arboretum, seeing only purple and discussing how purple-leaf plants work and don't work.

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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