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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

March 2005

In This Issue

Local Students Learn Global Lessons

Prototype Temporary ShelterNC State horticulture students enrolled in Anne Spafford's Landscape Construction Studio recently completed a prototype temporary shelter for people devastated by the tsunamis that hit Southeast Asia in December. Students designed the shelter using renewable resources typical of Southeast Asia as well as packing materials comparable to what might be used in the shipment of relief aid to the region. Check out the structure located in the Annual Plant Trials and Demonstration Area at the Arboretum. – Anne Spafford, Assistant Professor, NC State

Gala Early Bird Special

Did you get your Corporate Sponsorship packet for Gala in the Garden 2005? Think you'd like to sign up but not quite sure? Here's a little incentive. Respond by March 15, 2005, and you can add two extra names to your attendee list. Now, get out that checkbook (or charge card) and fill out the paperwork. Or just call Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 and we'll take care of it right away. The Gala is a beautiful, fun event and the proceeds go to help the JCRA with its mission. Didn't get a packet? Call Donna and ask for one. If you've already responded, we'll be delighted to honor the Early Bird Special offer. Call me with your extra two names. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

News & Observer Bird House Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Don't forget to put your carpentry and creative skills to work and enter a bird house in the annual News & Observer Bird House Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Entries must be brought to the JCRA on March 18, 2005 (Friday) – the night of a great lecture by Chris Moorman. We'll also have representation from the Audubon Society, the North Carolina Bluebird Society, and Pennington Seed, Inc. The guidelines, time lines, and prizes are listed on our Web site. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Enchanted Garden Party – Hosted by Carolee and House and Garden

Carolee Boutique JewelryCarolee and House & Garden will host an "Enchanted Garden Party" to benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum on March 5, 2005 (Saturday), from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Guests may visit with notable local horticulturists and are invited to enjoy refreshments and to enter a raffle for a chance to win several items from Carolee, the Arboretum, and House & Garden while shopping for a cause. Guests who make a purchase will also receive a shimmering satin zip jewelry case gift and a "garden" goodie bag. Carolee will donate 15% of sales to the JC Raulston Arboretum during this event.

A subtle mix of soft blues and apple greens is the essence of Carolee's new garden collection – a variety of blossoms and garden creatures designed with a mix of glass beads and semiprecious stones. Dazzling crystals blossom into colorful orchids, lilies, dragonflies, and roses adding drama to any occasion. The new 2005 Limited Edition pin collection will debut at this event and features a dazzling day lily, modern flower, and grapevine cluster.

If you are unable to attend the Carolee event on March 5, 2005, but would like to support the JCRA by making a purchase from Carolee, just let the store manager know that you would like your item(s) to be registered during the event from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Your purchase will then be credited during the event and 15% of the total sales will go directly to the JCRA. What a deal! Thanks in advance for supporting this special partnership event. – Anne Porter, Director of Development and Missy LoMonaco, Carolee

Coming Attractions – Highlights of March

Cercis glabra – smooth redbudAt last spring is peaking around the corner. In the Arboretum, many favorites are coming into flower, such as forsythia, Japanese camellia, primrose, loropetalum, spirea, quince, and a multitude of early spring bulbs. Enjoy the lingering fragrance of winter daphne until mid-March.

The Magnolia Collection comes into full flower this month and gets two thumbs up! Keep your fingers crossed that temperatures will not dip too low. Walk to the far east end of the Arboretum to enjoy the display.

Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine', 'Tilford', and 'Scarlett O'Hara') flower clusters hang gracefully in the Lath House, while azaleas also begin to open their buds.

Carolina jessamine (Gelseminum sempervirens 'Woodlanders Pale Yellow') is covered with flowers as this evergreen vine rambles high up over the entrance to the Butterfly Garden by mid-March. Watch for changes in this garden as a new design is installed.

The Redbud (Cercis sp.) Collection at the JC Raulston Arboretum is among the best to be found anywhere. You can't miss the bright purplish-pink flowers throughout the Arboretum, especially those of the lovely Mexican redbud (Cercis canadensis subsp. mexicana) growing at the far east end of the Mixed Border, and the Klein-Pringle White Garden's white-flowered redbud (C. canadensis 'Alba'), and the popular weeping Texas redbud (C. canadensis subsp. texensis 'Traveller') in front of The Necessary.

Fragrant winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana) with its fabulous early spring yellow flowers dominate in the Mixed Border and the Winter Garden.

Corinthian peaches (Prunus persica 'Corinthian Mauve', 'Corinthian Pink', 'Corinthian Rose', and 'Corinthian White') can be found stopping cars along Beryl Road at the east end of the Arboretum, as March comes to an end.

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

March Calendar

Enchanted Garden Party – Hosted by Carolee and House and Garden – March 5, 2005 (Saturday) – 1:00 PM-6:00 PM – Free

You are invited to an Enchanted Garden Party benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum. Shop for a cause. Light refreshments. Jewelry raffle. Exciting garden gift bags. Carolee is located at the Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Boulevard, Raleigh, NC. Carolee will donate 15% of event sales to the JCRA.

Planned Giving Workshop – March 9, 2005 (Wednesday) – 10:30 AM-2:00 PM – Free

Hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College Advancement and led by Steve Watt, Director of Planned Giving. Lunch is provided. To register, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <> by March 1, 2005.

Triangle Camellia Society Camellia Show – March 12, 2005 (Saturday) – Free

Schedule of Events
8:00 AM-11:00 AM – Entries accepted
11:00 AM – Camellia-related tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum
11:00 AM-Until Sold Out – Camellia plant sale
12:00 PM-5:00 PM – Camellia show open
1:00 PM-3:00 PM – Camellia seminars

News & Observer Bird House Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum – Free

Schedule of Events
March 18, 2005 (Friday)
7:30 AM PM-7:00 PM – Registration of entries. No bird house entries will be accepted after 7:00 PM.
7:30 PM – Friends of the Arboretum Lecture– "Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants" by Chris Moorman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at NC State University

March 19, 2005 (Saturday)
8:00 AM-10:00 AM – Judging begins promptly and should take one to two hours to complete. Winners will be announced upon completion of judging and in The News & Observer
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Entries on display
10:00 AM – Tours of the JCRA highlighting plants that attract birds
2:00 PM – Tours of the JCRA highlighting plants that attract birds

March 20, 2005 (Sunday)
12:00 PM-5:00 PM – Entries on display
2:00 PM – Tours of the JCRA highlighting plants that attract birds
5:00 PM-6:00 PM – Entries may be picked up

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – March 24, 2005 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for non members

"In Search of...2004" presented by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens – A travelogue of interesting places, people, and most of all great plants from Tony's travels in 2004 to California, Arizona, Louisiana, Holland, and Belgium.

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

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