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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2005

In This Issue

Long Weekend in Washington, D. C.; Maryland; Delaware; and Pennsylvania

Longwood GardensJune 9-12, 2005

It's time to accept Bob Lyons' offer to visit him at Longwood Gardens – just don't tell him we are coming all at once. Choosing the best gardens to visit was difficult since there are so many great ones in the northern Piedmont. In addition to visiting Bob and Longwood Gardens, we've made special plans to visit Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; the United States National Arboretum, Mt. Cuba Center, Chanticleer Gardens, and Brookside Gardens. Kim Powell, interim director of the JC Raulston Arboretum, will lead the travelers on this exciting trip. Join us on this last-minute journey. Sign up right away...this trip will sell out fast!

Detailed information for this trip is posted on our Web site. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs & Education Coordinator

It's Not Too Late!

The JC Raulston Arboretum will hold the 2005 Gala in the Garden on May 1, 2005 (Sunday) beginning at 3:00 PM. The Gala is a lively party and fund raiser attended by hundreds of JCRA members and supporters and held among the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum, the Gala will feature live music, an open bar, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of many other distinctive items. You'll also have the opportunity to bid on beautiful container gardens, created by JCRA supporters and used as part of the decorations for the Gala. The evening will end with a dessert social and a drawing for the naming rights to one of our Parking Circle Pocket Gardens. Can't make the Gala but would like to participate in the drawing for the naming rights to the Parking Circle Pocket Garden? Call Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457 or Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 and we'll sign you up.

Individual admission is $50.00 per person. Invitations have been mailed. Didn't receive yours? There's still time to register. Get in touch with Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or <> to have one sent to you. If you're interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor for this event, supporting the JCRA and its mission and receiving special corporate benefits, contact Donna or Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or <>. Don't wait – you might miss this great party! – 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
The Brickman Group, Ltd.
Dottie & W. L. Burns
CALS College Advancement
Campbell Road Nursery
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Carolina Nurseries, Inc.
Carroll's Plant Center, Inc.
Century Framing Ltd.
First Citizens Bank
Gold Kist Inc.
Hawksridge Farms
Hoffman Nurseries, Inc.
Mary Neely and Jim King
The Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
Murphy-Brown LLC
Murphy Family Ventures
Pender Nursery
Rorie and Kim Powell
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.


Bronze Sponsors
Jane Avinger
Phyllis & Don Brookshire
Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Lee Darch & Kristin Mitchell/North Wake Animal Hospital
Fair Products
Foster Lake & Pond Management
Fowlers Nursery
Bev and Ron Gelvin
Gilmore Plant & Bulb Co. Inc.
Goddin Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.
Golden Corral Corporation
Andy Goodwin
The Hamlin Companies
Hefner's Nursery
Annie and Ray Hibbs
Julia Kornegay
Melda & Bill Lamm
LanArc/Debbie & Tom Pruett
Linda and Rick Lawson
Little & Little
Myatt Landscaping Concepts, Inc
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
Old Courthouse Nursery, LLC
Melissa Peden
Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Pennington Seed, Inc.
Sampson Nursery, Inc.
Turftenders Landscape Services, Inc.
United Energy/Irma & Haddon Clark
Willow Tree Landscaping, Inc.
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company
Rosemary and Smedes York


Progress Energy
Tommy & Marsha Massey

Special Thanks
M. B. Ashby
Norma & Billy Caldwell
Carolyn Cline
Helen & Leo Daughtry
Susan Dawson
Jane & Larry Edwards
Fairview Nursery and Greenhouses
Cindy Findley
Jane Haga
Jeanne Hammer
Matthew Brian Hargrove
Harris Wholesale
Kay & Bill Kennedy
Charlie Kidder
Dorothy Love
Julia & Robert Mackintosh
Luann & Bob McCain
Charlotte & John Presley
James Richmond
Doris & Beamon Snow
Kathleen & Walt Thompson
David White
Norma & Richard White
Libby & Bill Wilder
Shirley Worsley

Benefits Providers List

The Benefits Providers List has been updated for 2005. A copy of the brochure will be sent with your receipt when you join or renew your membership. In addition to being posted on our Web site, it's also available at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center during business hours or by contacting Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826 or <>. Please visit these businesses and take advantage of the discounts they offer to JCRA members. And be sure to add your thanks to mine when you visit the establishments. – Donna Walker, Development Associate

Students Help Improve Curb Appeal of JCRA While Learning Valuable Lessons in Landscape Construction

Entry PatioWhile many academic-led construction courses shy away from actual building for various reasons (funding, scheduling logistics, time commitment, and unpredictable weather – just to name a few), the Landscape Construction Studio taught within the Department of Horticultural Science takes these challenges head on for the simple reason that students benefit significantly from hands-on learning experiences. Pairing up with the Arboretum is the ideal collaboration for the facilitation of design/build projects – students are exposed to a variety of building materials and construction methodologies as are established goals of the course, but the class also helps out the JCRA by designing and building elements that are needed. In addition, students value having the opportunity to give something back to the Arboretum – a place that has been a part of their education for the past four years.

Earlier in the spring, Interim Director Kim Powell and I brainstormed about which areas of the Arboretum needed the greatest attention and of those areas, which might be appropriate building projects for the class. The result? As you make your way up the entry walk to the axis of the Perennial Border, you will see a new entry patio made of brick with a centrally-placed concrete and stone mosaic inlay, a new "illusion wall" for the Japanese Garden, and a new wall treatment for one corner of the Lath House (Do those panels look familiar? They are "recycled" from the Zone 8 Greenhouse, where they were deemed too heavy to be of use). Via these projects, students had the opportunity to work with concrete block, mortar, stucco, wood, brick, and concrete. Incorporating the new panels for the Lath House proved to be the trickiest task as nothing about the existing structure was neither square nor level!

The class unanimously feels that the new panels provide a greatly improved aesthetic and better background for the existing plants. The illusion wall provides an interesting, yet subtle, entry/exit to the Japanese Garden (slated to be redesigned in the near future when funds become available), and the entry patio will serve to provide a stopping and welcoming point for visitors that is on axis with the A. E. Finley Foundation Rooftop Terrace, Perennial Border, and the Necessary. – Anne Spafford, Assistant Professor, NC State

North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign 2005

The JC Raulston Arboretum will once again be included in the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign for 2005. This is a great way to make a contribution to the Arboretum and support this very important state-wide campaign. For a 2004 SECC update, please click here.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the JCRA through the 2004 SECC! – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Member News!

On April 24, 2005 (Sunday) Chip Callaway is to be inducted into the Garden Club of America. He is the only North Carolinian ever to be inducted other than J. C. Raulston! You have only to look at the pictures of his work on his Web site to see why GCA picked one of our own! Congratulations, Chip! – Anne Porter, Director of Development

New Development Office for College Advancement

The CALS College Advancement team has moved their offices from Patterson Hall (NCSU Hillsborough Street campus) to the "Eyebeam" building on the corner of Beryl Road and Brickhaven Drive.

We are all very pleased to be the new neighbors of the JC Raulston Arboretum! ....And what a beautiful neighbor it is!

My mailing address and phone number stays the same, (Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695, (919) 513-3463), but the new physical address is 512 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. Please come by for a visit! – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of May

Yucca aloifolia 'Variegata' – variegated Spanish bayonetSpring flies by so fast! Time to visit the Arboretum to enjoy the last bits of spring in the South, our local version of a lovely English summer.

This month, watch for flowers of sweet bay and Southern magnolias, mock-orange (Philadelphus), roses, Japanese spirea, and weigela in their full glory throughout the Arboretum. The Perennial Border will explode with color, showcasing clematis, beard-tongue (Penstemon), sage (Salvia), perennial verbenas, and Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa). Not to be missed will be the numerous mountain laurel (Kalmia) and hydrangea cultivars in the Lath House, and by the end of the month hostas will be stealing their show.

In late May, it will be time again to appreciate the simple splendor of a rose in the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden. Yucca flower spikes will be striking in the Perennial Border. Throughout the Arboretum you will also find gardenias, St. John's wort (Hypericum), and hydrangeas in flower.

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

May Calendar

Gala in the Garden – May 1, 2005 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $50.00

Join us for a delightful spring afternoon with cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of many other distinctive items.

Willie York Memorial Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 19, 2005 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for non members

"A Collectors View of Mexico – What I Have Learned in 25 Years!" presented by Carl Schoenfeld, Yucca Do Nursery, Hempstead, Texas – A review of what has been learned in 25 years of exploring temperate zones in Mexico. The talk will begin on the scope and significance of the Mexican flora and branch out to emphasize specific plant groups and their associated communities such as pine-oak, woody lilies, bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs. Interlaced in these discussion will be comments on the habitat niches that these plants occupy and why.

Meet the JCRA's Curators and Gardeners in Their Gardens – Postponed

This event has been postponed until June 2005.

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

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