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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

September 2004

In This Issue

Director's Note

Now ShowingWe were recently pleasantly surprised to see ourselves written up as "trendsetters" in The Public Garden, a publication of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. In his article entitled, "The Well-Appointed Web Page," author David Michener notes those among our peers having superlative sites on the web. He then goes on to say that while "Not all gardens are as complex as those..., they are just as noteworthy in their own right. These trendsetters are the innovators. The JC Raulston Arboretum has the best and most up-to-date presentation of 'What's in Bloom' of any site encountered. The images are in weekly order, from newest to oldest, and make one want to drop right in and check out the whole grounds." Thanks, David! We would like to also extend our appreciation to the student photographers who have contributed in the past to make this site a recognized standout, as well as the management leadership of JCRA staffers Nancy Doubrava and Chris Glenn. "Now Showing"is easily reached form the home page of our Web site <>. – Bob Lyons, Director

Membership Drive

By now you should all have received a mailing regarding our membership solicitation. If you haven't taken time to look it over, please do so soon. Here's the gist of the solicitation.

We would like to double our present membership. How can we do this? Only with the help of each of our current members. We're asking each of you to find us one new member. That's not so difficult! Think about your friends, acquaintances, or co-workers that are interested in gardening or are gardener wanna-be. In the packet sent to you were three copies of our beautiful new membership brochure. Your name was placed on each of them so we'll know immediately who generated the new member. Send one of these brochures to three folks you think might be interested in becoming a JCRA member. Include a note or follow up with a phone call – encourage them to join. You'll also receive credit if you give the gift of a new membership.

Now, what will your benefit be other than the obvious one of helping the JCRA? Each current member who generates a total of $300.00 or more in new members will receive a connoisseur type plant selected by Todd and Jon. And the top ten money makers will have the first ten places in line at the annual JCRA Annual Plant Distribution on October 2, 2004.

Please look over the packet and send out those brochures. This solicitation ends on September 30, 2004. We are relying on you. Questions? Get in touch with Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or <>. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Partners in Giving – A Tradition of Excellence!

State Employees Combined Campaign's LogoThe North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign's (NCSECC) continuous tradition of excellence has prompted an impressive level of support from employees and retirees. Since 1986, state employees have contributed nearly $50 million to hundreds of charitable organizations that provide benefits and services to the residents of North Carolina.

The JC Raulston Arboretum is proud to be listed as a designated non-profit charity for the 2004 NC State Employees Combined Campaign. For more information, please visit <>.

If you wish to make a contribution, select the 2004 Pledge Form from this Web site. There is a designation area near the bottom of that form. If you would like to designate all or part of your (tax deductible) 2004 annual SECC contribution to the JCRA, please mark Charity Code #1595 – JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

For more information on the NC State Employees Combined Campaign or other giving opportunities to benefit the JCRA, please call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of September

Finely-Nottingham Rose GardenA chill is in the air, but the Arboretum still has a tropical feel with the tender perennials in the new Entry Garden, Container Gardens, and along the walkway to the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. It's not too late to visit the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden and Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area.

Also watch for the following in September:

Abelia chinensis – Chinese abelia – Butterfly Garden
Abelia parvifolia – Schumann abelia – Mixed Border
Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed – Perennial Border
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster – Lath House
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster – Perennial Border
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly bush – throughout JCRA
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Albifructus' – white beautyberry – T10 near Butterfly Garden
Callicarpa japonica 'Leucocarpa' – white Japanese beautyberry – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'Longwood Blue' – bluebeard – nandina collection – E08
Chrysanthemum (15-501 yellow) – garden chrysanthemum – Perennial Border
Clematis 'Alionushka' – clematis – Perennial Border
Clematis terniflora – sweet autumn clematis – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Clerodendranthus spicatus (white) – cat's whiskers – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass – Perennial Border
Cosmos sulphureus – sulphur cosmos – Perennial Border
Hedychium coccineum – red ginger-lily – Paradise Garden
Helianthus maximilianii – Maximilian sunflower – Perennial Border
Helianthus salicifolius – willowleaf sunflower – Perennial Border
Hemerocallis 'Janice Brown' common name – Paradise Garden
Heptacodium miconioides – seven-son's tree – berberis collection
Hibiscus coccineus – scarlet mallow – Perennial Border
Kalimeris pinnatifida – false aster – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Lagerstroemia indica 'Prairie Lace' – crepe myrtle –Bed E15
Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' – hardy lantana – throughout JCRA
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Lobelia 'Ruby Slippers' – burgundy cardinal flower – Bed E20a
Lycoris radiata var. radiata – red surprise-lily – Mixed Border
Phlox paniculata 'David' – garden phlox – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™– Encore™ azalea – Mixed Border
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™– Encore™ azalea – Lath House
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™– Encore™ azalea – Lath House
Rhodophiala bifida – oxblood-lily – Mixed Border
Rosa species and cultivars – rose – Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden
Rosa 'Prosperity' – rose – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Salvia greggii 'Alba' – white autumn sage – Lath House
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop – Klein-Pringle White Garden
Sedum telephium 'Matrona' – common orpine – Mixed Border
Sedum 'Ruby Glow' – garden stonecrop – Lath House
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' – garden stonecrop – Mixed Border
Senna corymbosa – Argentine senna – Bed E10
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'– goldenrod – Butterfly Garden
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' – toad-lily – Lath House
Zephyranthes candida – white rain-lily – Klein-Pringle White Garden

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

September Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – September 16, 2004 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Show and Tell" – Don't miss this unique FOA Lecture in which the audience is the expert! Do you have some photographs of your home garden or favorite plants that you would like to share? Then don't miss this unique opportunity for members and the general public to exchange their gardening experiences. Are you new to the Triangle? Then this lecture is also for you. Come and see what others are growing.

Audience participation is a must. If you are interested in participating, submit your digital photographs, slides, and photographs by September 14, 2004 (Tuesday) to Chris Glenn. Contact Chris at (919) 513-7005 or for submission guidelines. Slides and photographs will be scanned and all images will be added to an electronic slide show prior to the lecture. Each individual's photographs will be grouped and will be presented by their owner. Plan to spend up to five minutes per presenter.

Plantsmen's Tour – September 24, 2004 (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 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!

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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