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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2005

In This Issue

Welcome! Kim Powell, Interim Director

You are cordially invited to help us officially welcome Kim. The welcome reception will be held in conjunction with the February 13, 2005 (Sunday) A Walk in the Winter Garden, beginning at 1:00 PM at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Please join us!

Gala in the Garden

We hope you've already marked your calendar for May 1, 2005 (Sunday) for the 2005 Gala in the Garden. The Gala Committee headed up by Ron and Bev Gelvin has already met twice to make early plans. We're delighted to have long-time NCSU and JCRA supporters Lew and Annabelle Fetterman as our Honorary Chairs.

Gala Save-the-Dates are in the mail and invitations will follow in early March. Call Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 if you're not sure you're on the mailing list.

For those of you who've never attended, the Gala is a delightful afternoon event held in the beautiful gardens at the JCRA. We'll offer cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of other distinctive items.

This is the Arboretum's main fund raising event of the year and the proceeds support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public garden displays. We encourage each of you to consider becoming a corporate sponsor of this event. The Gala provides a distinctive opportunity to entertain your family, friends, and business associates while strolling around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling auction items. As a corporate sponsor, you may also enjoy the hospitality tent that is exclusively for Gala Sponsors and their guests. The afternoon will culminate with a delicious dessert social and an exciting raffle drawing held in the York Auditorium here at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Individual tickets are also available. Please go to our web site for further information or call Anne Porter at 919-513-3463 or Donna at 919-513-3826. - Donna Walker, Development Associate

Planting the Seeds for Development

Gifts for the Future..........Or Leaving a Legacy

Planned Giving – Creating a Legacy

Please join us for a
Free – No Obligation
Planned Giving Workshop
March 9, 2005 (Wednesday)
10:30 AM-2:00 PM (Lunch Included)
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center
at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College Advancement
and led by Steve Watt, Director of Planned Giving

(To register, please call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or
<> by March 1, 2005.)

We all have the opportunity to be philanthropists. Some of our best opportunities come through planning our estates, allowing us to make the decisions about how our assets will be used. Charitable bequests are easy to include in your will and can be for any amount (large or small) and designated for any purpose – like the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts offer the opportunity to receive income for life and significant tax advantages, especially when using assets that have appreciated in value or do not produce much income. Ultimately, these life income agreements become charitable gifts to the Arboretum.

To find out how charitable estate planning can help you and the Arboretum, join us on March 9, 2005 (Wednesday) for our planned giving seminar. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Used Garden Book Sale

Our previous Used Garden Book Sale was so successful that we're planning to host another one. We're combining efforts with those of the staff planning the A Walk in the Winter Garden program and will offer the books during the Winter Walk. We'll accept donations of gently used garden books until February 11, 2005 (Friday). This is a fun way to clear your bookshelves of garden books you've outgrown and to make way for all the new additions you'll pick up at the sale. Plan for a little extra time before or after the Winter Walk on February 13, 2005 (Sunday) to look through the books being offered inside the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. The JCRA Book and Gift Shop will be open for those of you looking for something new and cutting edge. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Birdhouse Competition

We're once again co-hosting the annual Bird House Competition with the Raleigh News & Observer on March 19 and 20, 2005 (Saturday and Sunday). Start putting together your ideas and have that bird house ready for delivery to the JCRA on March 18, 2005 (Friday). Judging will occur on Friday evening. No entries will be accepted on Saturday. Watch the JCRA e-Updates, the Lyons' Den, and the N&O for more details and the rules/guidelines. At this time we're expecting representatives from the Audubon Society, the Bluebird Society, and Pennington Seed Co. to participate in this event. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Coming Attractions – Highlights of February

Prunus mumeEven in winter our diverse plantings reward observant visitors with colorful surprises. February provides one last opportunity to appreciate the bones of the garden before spring buds begin to break.

Evergreens serve as anchors when deciduous plants are dormant.
Ilex cornuta 'Sunrise' – golden Chinese holly – E21e
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' – Colorado blue spruce – Su7
Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden' – wintergold Virginia pine – E21e

Deciduous woody plants contribute structure to the garden. Contorted and weeping forms are particularly eye catching.
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' – weeping river birch – C07
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick – E19b, T02
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Emerald Kascade' – weeping thornless honeylocust – E16
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19b, W15

Bark is often best appreciated in the winter months.
Acer griseum – paperbark maple – S06, S07
Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa' – coral-bark Japanese maple – E00
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' – bloodtwig dogwood – E21e
Cornus stolonifera 'Silver and Gold' – variegated yellow-twig osier dogwood – E33

Persistent fruits provide winter interest, and food for wildlife.
Ilex ×attenuata 'Howard' – Topal holly – WG7
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Nandina domestica and cultivars – heavenly bamboo – E16
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii cultivars – Doorenbos coralberry

Flowers in February hint at the promise of spring.
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet – E15
Daphne odora f. alba – white winter daphne – E19c
Hamamelis species and cultivars – witchhazel – E15, E16, E21
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose – E19, E21
Prunus mume and cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot – E19, E21

This show is free. We invite you to visit often. – Judy Morgan-Davis, Assistant to the Interpretive Specialist

February Calendar

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 13, 2005 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free

Schedule of Events
1:00 PM – Welcome Introduction for Kim Powell, Interim Director – Reception Following FOA Lecture
1:00 PM – FOA Lecture – "Hellebore Homeland: The Balkans 2004," presented by Judith and Dick Tyler, Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, Virginia
2:00 PM-4:00 PM – Tours (depart every 30 minutes from the JCRA Book and Gift Shop)
2:00 PM-4:00 PM – Used Garden Book Sale in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center

February 2005's Plantsmen's Tour has been cancelled due to Todd Lasseigne's departure from the Arboretum.

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

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