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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

Concrete markers by Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez, proprietors of Lasting Impressions.Please take a moment and go up to the rooftop, and down the north side of the cascade bed. You will see the new bed markers that were designed and crafted by our own talented volunteers, Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez. As proprietors of "Lasting Impressions," Beth and Amelia started working on these "leaves" back in the summer and they have come through with flying colors. Each concrete leaf is crafted from an actual leaf impression and then hand painted. They really are stunning examples of function and beauty, and are just what the rooftop needed to accommodate mapping needs and a display fine art.......I am ecstatic with the results! They are also available for personal sponsorship with a contribution of $50.00; please contact Donna Walker at <> if interested. Thanks to Amelia and Beth, and should you like to contact either for their services, please e-mail me at <> and I'll forward your note along. – Bob Lyons, Director

Empty Nest Greenhouse Syndrome

Some of the 6,000+ plants ready to be given away at this year's FOA Annual Plant Distribution.Continuing on with the traditions that make this one of the best arboreta in the country, the Annual FOA Annual Plant Distirbution is rapidly approaching. Slated for next weekend, hundreds of people will participate in one of the most unique events my eyes have ever seen, thousands of plants gone in a matter of a few minutes. It's sort of the horticultural version of the movie, "Gone in 60 Seconds," just minus Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Cage.

I am happy to say that as I write this we are halfway through tagging the plants. We have over 6,000+ plants available for the giveaway. The most ever offered. Even better many of these plants have never been given away before, at least from the JCRA. So start those stretching exercises, prepare the garden carts, and we'll see you bright and early next Saturday morning (October 2, 2004). – Jon Roethling, Research Technician

Wolfpack Run

Wolfpack RunVisitors to the Arboretum are now greeted by a newly planted strip along Beryl Road. This strip, which we'll be calling Wolfpack Run, is meant to show the Arboretum's ties to NC State University by featuring several cool plants that bear red (or as close as we can get to it) and white colors. Since there aren't too many things that can be done with a planting bed that is only 1-2 feet wide by over 100 feet long, we opted to use ornamental grasses, in particular the muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), valued for its airy inflorescences colored dark pinkish red in the autumn months. However, interspersed among the typical pink-flowered plants of this species are plants of the newly named white-flowered cultivar, Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'. Originating from Lee, Florida based Superior Trees, 'White Cloud' bears luminous, pure-white inflorescences, which literally glow when backlit by sunlight. In combination with red surprise-lilies (Lycoris radiata var. radiata) and white surprise-lilies (Lycoris ×albiflora), these to be planted in the future, we think that you'll enjoy the Wolfpack spirit at the Arboretum. – Todd Lasseigne, Assistant Director

2004 Year-End Gifts – It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About This!

Stephen WattYear-end giving is as easy as making a charitable gift and saving taxes! The tax laws intentionally encourage charitable giving. Because of the income tax charitable deduction, individuals who make their gifts by December 31 and itemize can significantly reduce their income taxes for 2004.

Example: If you make a charitable gift of $10,000.00 in 2004, you can save $3,300.00 in taxes if you are in the 33% tax bracket. Plus, the higher your tax bracket, the more money you save with a charitable gift.

There are so many opportunities for supporting the JCRA, including a planned gift. We are so please to introduce Stephen Watt as part of our College Advancement staff and new Director of Planned Giving. Steve is a Certified Fundraising Professional and has worked in development and planned giving for more than 20 years.

Over the next few months, we will be featuring many ways that you might consider a planned gift to benefit the Arboretum and reduce your income taxes – a real win-win! For more information, please call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of October

Sun rising behind the Perennial Border and The Necessary.Fall is here and autumn in the Arboretum is an exceptional time of the year. Perennial Border grasses stand tall this month, high above sunflowers, coreopsis, and asters. Flowers will soon be backstage, with the colors of fall coming from other plant features: leaves, berries, and bark.

Get your last taste of the tropics from the spectacular tender perennial displays in the new Entry Garden, walkway to the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, and Container Gardens. Pick up our new Entry Garden brochure (PDF file) at the front desk and start planning for your garden next year.

Watch for the following in October:

Perennial Border
Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Helianthus salicifolius – willow-leaf sunflower
Lespedeza thunbergii 'Pink Fountain' – pink bush clover
Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly grass

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Kosteletzkya virginica 'Immaculate' – white seashore mallow
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop
Zephyranthes candida – white rain-lily

Mixed Border
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore™ azalea

Lath House
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™ – Encore™ azalea

Paradise Garden
Ziziphus jujuba 'Inermis' – Chinese date

Throughout the JCRA
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly-bush
Callicarpa species and cultivars – purple and white beautyberry

This show is free. Visit soon. No reruns until next fall. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

October Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 1, 2004 (Friday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"A Eulogy for Color? I'm Not Ready to Gas Up the Hearse" presented by Bob Lyons, Ph.D. – Color has been a dominant gardening force in the past decade, especially with the infusion of tropical, tender plant materials into the landscape color palette. With the pipeline still flush with new and underutilized plants that fit this "brilliance scheme," it is hard to believe that we don't have many more years ahead of us to integrate them into garden designs. This talk will not only illustrate the current practices of bold color use but also help dispel any rumors of its impending demise.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution – October 2, 2004 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM (do not be late) – Free for members, all others must become members

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants disappear in five minutes after the whistle blows. Be sure to look for the link to the plant list in this event's announcement (follow link).

Pi Alpha Xi Annual Plant Sale at the JCRA – October 16, 2004 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and October 17, 2004 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Free

Offering rare and unique annual, perennial, and woody ornamentals. Proceeds benefit horticultural scholarships and area nonprofit organizations.

JCRA Symposium – October 22, 2004 (Friday) – 6:00 PM-9:30 PM and October 23, 2004 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-5:00 PM – Starting at $125.00

"From Origins to the Landscape" – This year the JC Raulston Arboretum has elected to thread together several speakers whose depth of expertise can best illustrate our symposium's theme, "From Origins to Landscape." These noted professionals are highly sought after as individuals, with each well known to captivate a gardening audience. As a group, they will be synergistic as presenters. Symposium attendees will have that rare chance to hear transfixing accounts of how new plants become a part of the landscape palette, see how their discovery and hybrid development came about, and understand how new and well known ornamental plants became staples in our surrounding landscape. In a way, this symposium should take you from start to finish, in a matter of speaking!

The symposium tours are full and the symposium is quickly filling.

Plantsmen's Tour – October 29, 2004 (Friday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"JCRA Behind the Scenes" – From the Engraving Office to the Staff Building, join Todd on a tour of what happens behind the scenes to make the Arboretum the special place that we all know it is.

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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