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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2005

In This Issue

Dennis Werner, Ph.D., Appointed as Director of the JC Raulston ArboretumDennis Werner, Ph.D.

The Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University is very pleased to announce that Dennis Werner, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Dennis Werner is a professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State and a long-time collaborator and member of the Arboretum.  He begins his new duties as Arboretum director on December 1, 2005. Dennis will be the third director of the JC Raulston, following Bob Lyons, Ph.D., and the late J. C. Raulston, Ph.D. Kim Powell has 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

New Partnership Event to Benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum

Celebrate North Carolina Wines!The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is sponsoring the first annual Celebrate North Carolina Wines! event in partnership with the North Carolina Grape Council. Proceeds will benefit the Arboretum and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' viticulture research. The event will feature ten top North Carolina Wineries, the winners of the North Carolina Grape Council's 2005 Annual Wine Competition, various NC State University research and extension projects related to the industry, and various food pairing demonstrations. Guests will receive a complimentary wine glass to sample a variety of products from North Carolina wineries, sample delicious food, and may purchase award-winning bottles of North Carolina wine.Please plan to join us for this exciting new fall event! (See flier to the right.) – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions – Highlights of October

Fall is here and autumn in the Arboretum is an exceptional time of the year. Perennial Border grasses stand tall this month, high above sunflowers, coreopsis, and asters. Flowers will soon be backstage, with the colors of fall coming from other plant features: leaves, berries, and bark.

Rhododendron 'Conlec'Perennial Border
Arundo donax 'Variegata' – striped giant reed
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden pampas grass
Helianthus salicifolius – willow-leaf sunflower
Lespedeza thunbergii 'Pink Fountain' – pink bush clover
Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly grass

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Kosteletzkya virginica 'Immaculate' – white seashore mallow
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop
Zephyranthes candida – white rain-lily

Mixed Border
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore™ azalea

Lath House
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™ – Encore™ azalea

Paradise Garden
Ziziphus jujuba 'Inermis' – Chinese date

Throughout the JCRA
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly-bush
Callicarpa species and cultivars – purple and white beautyberries

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

October Calendar

Pi Alpha Xi Annual Plant Sale at the JCRA – October 1, 2005 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and October 2, 2005 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Free

Offering rare and unique annual, perennial, and woody ornamentals. Proceeds benefit horticultural scholarships and area nonprofit organizations. For more information, contact a Pi Alpha Xi member at (919) 515-3178 or visit <>.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution – October 8, 2005 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM (arrive by 8:45 AM) – Free for members, all others must become members

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants disappear in five minutes after the whistle blows. If your membership has lapsed or you want to join for the first time, we will be selling memberships starting at 7:30 AM on October 8, 2005 (Saturday). The give away begins at 9:00 AM sharp. Please do not be late! In previous years, all plants have been given away in a matter of minutes. New members who sign up that morning are eligible for the plant giveaway.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 20, 2005 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Gardens, Grottos, and Gelato: A Tour Through the Gardens of Italy" presented by Robert McDuffie, M.L.A., Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Viginia Tech – Join Robert McDuffie as he shares la dolce vita from the summer of 2005. He journeyed from Sorrento to Como and along the way photographed a dozen of Italy's finest gardens. Robert is an associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech where he teaches classes in computer-aided design, site scale and residential landscape design, landscape construction, and the history of landscape architecture.

Julia Skinner Memorial Lectures – October 30, 2005 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Living the Quiet and Riveting Life of a Gardener: At Home with Elizabeth Lawrence" presented by Emily Herring Wilson – Emily Herring Herring Wilson, author of Two Gardeners/Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence: A Friendship in Letters and No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence, will bring her vivid sense of story-telling to a presentation of the life of Lawrence, named by Horticulture magazine as one of twenty-five of the "world's best" gardeners. Emily will introduce Elizabeth Lawrence to those who do not know her already, and to add new insights for readers already familiar with her life and work. "Tiptoeing Through the Tulips with You: Flowers, True Love, and Popular Songs" presented by Michael Lasser – Tracing back at least as far as the sonnets and songs of the Renaissance, flowers have played an essential role in the profession of love. They remain a richly suggestive and varied part of the familiar imagery of popular songs, where lyrics return again and again to tulips, violets, daisies, and roses. Their depiction shapes the song's emotions and attitudes. In the process, they give us insight into how popular songs reflect the beliefs, desires, and dreams of their time as they turn the familiar into the memorable.

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

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