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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

April 2005

In This Issue

Gala in the Garden

We are once again holding our annual Gala in the Garden. The date this year is May 1, 2005 (Sunday) from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Long known as the kick-off for the spring social calendar, the Gala is held in the gardens at the Arboretum. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar while perusing the many silent auction items offered to entice you. The evening will conclude with a dessert social (can you envision a chocolate fountain?) in the York Auditorium. A fun time for all ages and interests, the Gala is the largest fund-raiser for the JCRA. Invitations have been mailed, but if you didn't receive yours, contact Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or <> for an invitation or to register.

There are many reasons to come to Gala in the Garden 2005 in May. The gardens and decorations will be delightful, the evening magical, the conversation sparkling, the ladies beautiful and the men debonair, and the auction items enticing. But there's one more reason for attending this year. We are offering five or six items from the estate of J. C. Raulston, Ph.D., our late director, in the silent auction. A decorated Christmas tree, J. C.'s popcorn pot, a child's rocking chair, a small teddy bear, an abstract statue of a seated man, and possibly one other item will be sold to the highest bidder. Don't miss this opportunity!

You can also show your support of the Gala by becoming a Corporate Sponsor. Information about the various levels and their benefits can be found on line. As of this date, we have the following businesses and individuals as corporate sponsors. Contact us to become a part of the fun. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Our sincere thanks to:

Diamond Sponsor
North Carolina Association of Nurserymen

Platinum Sponsor
A. E. Finley Foundation

Gold Sponsor
Jeanette & Wallace Hyde

Silver Sponsors
Bland Landscaping/Nancy & Tom Bland
Dottie & W. L. Burns
Carolina Nurseries, Inc.
Carroll's Plant Center
Century Framing Ltd.
First Citizens Bank
Gold Kist Inc.
Murphy Family Ventures
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Pender Nursery
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.


Bronze Sponsors
Phyllis & Don Brookshire
Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Lee Darch & Kristin Mitchell/North Wake Animal Hospital
Foster Lake & Pond Management
Fowlers Nursery
Bev & Ron Gelvin
Gilmore Plant & Bulb Co., Inc.
Golden Corral Corporation
Andy Goodwin
The Hamlin Companies
Hoffman Nurseries, Inc.
Julia Kornegay
Melda & Bill Lamm
LanArc/Debbie & Tom Pruett
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Pennington Seed, Inc.
Turftenders Landscape Services, Inc.
United Energy/Irma & Haddon Clark
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company

Special Thanks
Progress Energy

A Legacy Garden

William and Mary Coker Joslin invite you to attend their Annual Open Garden

April 2, 2005 (Saturday) 9:30 AM- 6:30 PM Cost: Free. Registration: Advanced registration is not required. Location: 2431 West Lake Drive, Raleigh, NC (off White Oak Road) Parking: Free parking is available along West Lake Drive.
The Joslin Garden

The Joslins have deeded their garden to NC State, subject to their right to live on the property and maintain and improve it for their lifetime. They have also established with the Triangle Land Conservancy, a perpetual conservation easement that allows the property to be used for garden and horticultural purposes only. Through the Joslins' philanthropy and planned gifts to NC State, this exquisitely detailed and flourishing residential garden will forever be a Raleigh treasure for everyone to enjoy.

The Joslin Garden Student Fund

The Joslin Garden Student Fund is a special fund set up through the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. It is a fund that will be used solely for the benefit of student projects and research as they relate to the Joslin Garden. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to know how to make a "legacy garden" like the Joslins, or to make a donation to the Joslin Garden Student Fund please contact contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <>. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Your Estate Planning

Our Planned Giving workshop was postponed. But...there is free estate planning information at the reception area of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. If you do not have a will, let me urge you to pick up this information. It is so important for you to plan ahead, whether for your family, a special friend, or an organization. Wouldn't you rather they benefit from your life's work and efforts than your "uncle"...Uncle Sam, that is! Go ahead – just get the information, read it, make it happen!

We are always delighted when someone makes a planned gift to benefit the Arboretum, but taking this information in NO way obligates you. This is just a service that we provide for our JCRA friends.
If you are interested in receiving more information on will bequests, a planned gift, a memorial/tribute gift, or other JCRA giving opportunities, please give Anne Porter a call at (919) 513-3463 or email
– Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of April

Syringa oblata var. dilatata – Korean early lilacApril never arrives too soon. This month at the Arboretum you will find in flower dogwoods, styrax, loropetalums, viburnums, weigela, smokebush, and redbuds. My favorite is the Wisteria Collection located across from the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden. Watch for Wisteria ×formosa 'Issai' with individual flowers that open simultaneously along the length of the inflorescence.

Lilacs in the South? Why not? The Korean early lilac (Syringa oblata var. dilatata) appears to be one of the best choices for our region with its increased heat tolerance and mildew resistance. Take the path towards the Winter Garden to enjoy the Arboretum's outstanding collection of viburnums. Later in the month the Lath House becomes a "hot" spot to visit with the flowers of mountain laurel (Kalmia) and rhododendrons. Other favorites include:

Early to mid-April
Fothergilla major Beaver Creek® – mountain witch-alder – E38e
Loropetalum chinense var. chinense – white Chinese fringe-flower – WG6b, T6
×Sinocalycalycanthus raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' – Raulston allspice – E32, Z1
Syringa oblata var. dilatata – Korean early lilac – E11
Wisteria venusta – silky wisteria – E43b – arbor at The Necessary

Late April
Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' – Japanese snowbell – White Garden
Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk' – Japanese tree lilac – E11
Wisteria frutescens 'Longwood Purple' – American wisteria – E22
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'  – American wisteria – E12

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

April Calendar

Late Spring Bulb Tour – April 1, 2005 (Friday) – 1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Free

Led by Frankie Fanelli.

Late Spring Bulb Tour – April 2, 2005 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Free

Led by Frankie Fanelli.

Pi Alpha Xi Annual Spring Plant Sale at the JC Raulston Arboretum – April 9, 2005 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and April 10, 2005 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Free

The Iota Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi, a national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture, and ornamental horticulture, will have its spring plant sale on the weekend of April 9 and 10, 2005 (Saturday and Sunday). This sale specializes in rare woody and herbaceous perennials, including selections and cultivars released from NCSU. Benefits from the sale are directed to a variety of charitable and horticultural organizations. For more information, visit<> or contact Ryan Contreras at <> or (919) 889-2526.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 21, 2005 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for non members

"Bringing Butterflies into Your Garden" presented by John Dole, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State – Everyone knows and loves the Monarch butterfly but there are so many more beautiful species you can attract and enjoy in your yard. Learn what it takes to make a butterfly friendly yard and learn to identify some of the common species you can find in your yard.

Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.

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