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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

December 2005

In This Issue

Welcome! New Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum – Dennis Werner, Ph.D.

On December 1, 2005, Dennis Werner, Ph.D. started in his new position as the third director of the JC Raulston, following Bob Lyons, Ph.D., and the late J. C. Raulston, Ph.D. Kim Powell served as interim director since January 2005. The faculty and staff of the Department of Horticultural Science look forward to Dennis Werner's leadership and continued strengthening of the JC Raulston Arboretum as a major botanical research, teaching, and extension institution, and supporter of the Green Industry and gardening public of North Carolina.

For additional details, please read the formal announcement. – Julia Kornegay, Ph.D., Department Head, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Special Giving Opportunity...If You Act Before December 31, 2005

The plight of the people of the Gulf Coast touched the hearts of all Americans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and many are extending a helping hand – both literally and figuratively – to the victims in the disaster. Thanks to special legislation, taxpayers will not have to choose between doing their part for hurricane relief and their regular support of favorite charitable organizations. To learn more about this special 2005 opportunity to help with hurricane relief without reducing regular charitable support to the JC Raulston Arboretum or other non-profit organizations, please read the "Special 2005 Opportunity to Help with Hurricane Relief Without Reducing Regular Charitable Support" announcement available in our Development section on our Web site. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Timely Reminders

Wow – this is such a busy time! If you're like me, lists are an ever-present part of my life during the holidays. So much to do and so little brain power! Thought these might be helpful.

1. Plan to come to the Poinsettia Open House on December 4, 2005 (Sunday) from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the York Auditorium, Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. You really won't believe the scope of colors, shapes, and sizes of our old friend the poinsettia.

2. Watch the mail for your Connoisseur Plants list and order form. We should have them in the mail just after December 15, 2005. Return them to Faye as soon as you can. It's a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Consider sending an end of the year contribution to your favorite charity – we assume it's the JCRA. Keeps all those acronyms happy (CPA, IRS, JCRA).

4. Purchase a brick or a JCRA membership as a holiday or graduation gift. I'm placing the brick order on December 21, 2005.

5. Come by the Arboretum for a stroll through the gardens. You need to take good care of yourself during this busy and stressful time. Be sure to stop by my office – it's the one with all the stuff being moved out – as opposed to Denny Werner's which is the one with all the stuff being moved in.

Happy Holidays! – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Plant Labels – Now You See Them, Now You Don't

New LabelsThis winter throughout the Arboretum, you may notice some improvements in the many permanent engraved labels and the temporary printed labels. In an effort to have both of these labels blend into the landscape better, we are painting the stakes dark brown and adding a dark brown color to the printed temporary labels. Come see them for yourself.- Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Coming Attractions – Highlights of December

Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Townhouse' – Japanese crepe myrtleConifer 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 Atlas cedar
Fatsia japonica  – Japanese fatsia
'Natchez' – hybrid crepe myrtle

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

Lath House
Castanopsis cuspidata
var. sieboldii 'Angyo Yellow' – variegated Japanese chinquapin
Cleyera  japonica 'Variegata' – variegated Japanese cleyera
Mahonia japonica – grapeholly
×media 'Underway' – grapeholly

Mixed Border
Daphniphyllum macropodum – false daphne

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

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Berberis thunbergii
'Golden Ring' – purpleleaf Japanese barberry – E41
Betula utilis 'Kashmir White' – Himalayan white birch – E43b, S06
Cercis canadensis
subsp.texensis 'Traveller' – weeping Texas redbud – E43a, W01
'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Nandina domestica – heavenly bamboo– E08, E16
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19, W15
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40       

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

December Calendar

Poinsettia Open House at the JC Raulston Arboretum – December 4, 2005 (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.

Join the JC Raulston Arboretum's volunteer tour guides at 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM for "Holiday Landscape Plants" tours.

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

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