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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

April 2006

In This Issue

Autumn Nicole Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising EventsAutumn has Come Just in Time for Spring!

The JCRA is pleased to introduce our new associate director of membership and fund-raising events, Autumn Nicole Keck. Autumn comes to us from the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C., where she served as assistant director of annual giving. She is a graduate of NC State University, with a B.A. in communications and minor in journalism. Autumn is a skilled fund-raising professional, and we are very excited to have her join our Arboretum staff. Please call or come by the Arboretum to visit and welcome Autumn. – Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Gala in the GardenGala in the Garden

May 7, 2006 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $55.00

The 2006 Gala in the Garden kicks off the Arboretum's 30th anniversary events, so please plan to attend and celebrate with us!

Invitations:  Mailed the first week in April. Call Autumn Keck at (919) 513-3826 for more details.
Registration: Return the RSVP card enclosed in the Gala invitation, or please call (919) 513-3826 to register for the Gala in the Garden.
Sponsorship information:  Click here for details concerning Gala sponsorship.
Location: JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 513-3463 for more information about this event. – Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Arboretum Tours

Come join a JCRA volunteer guide for a tour of the Arboretum! General tours of the JCRA are conducted Sundays at 2:00 PM from March-October (excluding May 7, 2006 and October 8, 2006).

How about a private guided tour? A volunteer guide will lead adult parties of ten or more. Call Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457 one month in advance to schedule. There is no fee, but donations to support the Arboretum are always appreciated. – Frankie Fanelli, Volunteer Coordinator

Coming Attractions – Highlights of April

Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana – Mexican flowering dogwoodApril is one of the best months to visit the Arboretum. You'll find redbuds, dogwoods, wisteria, lilacs, peaches, styrax, viburnums, azaleas, spring bulbs, and more. The list is long and changes rapidly. A few favorites that are flowering now in early April include:

Lath House
Farfugium japonicum
'Aureomaculatum' – leopard plant – L22
Pieris japonica 'Shojo' – red Japanese andromeda – L22
Pulmonaria longifolia 'Bertram Anderson' – long-leaf lungwort – L24

Magnolia Collection
Mid-March through April most of the collection is in flower (near The Necessary).

Mixed Border
Cercis canadensis
subsp. mexicana – Mexican redbud – E33
Cornus florida 'Suwanee Squat' – dogwood – E38
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana – fragrant winterhazel – E38
Fothergilla gardenii – dwarf fothergilla – E35
Iberis sempervirens 'Snow White' – candytuft – E38
Illicium 'Woodland Ruby' – pink anise – E37
Leucojum aestivum – snowflakes – E37, E38
Loropetalum chinense 'Compactum' – loropetalum – E36

Northeast Arboretum
Syringa oblata
var. dilatata – Korean early lilac – E11
Syringa oblata [Alba Group] 'Frank Meyer' – white early lilac – E11

Southall Garden
'Spire'– Hillier columnar flowering cherry – S10
Rhododendron chapmanii × R. mucronulatum – rhododendron – S07
Viburnum 'Chesapeake' – Egolf hybrid viburnum – S09

Theme Gardens

Gelsemium sempervirens
'Woodlanders Pale Yellow' – Carolina jessamine – Butterfly Garden
Loropetalum chinense var. chinense – white Chinese fringe-flower – Butterfly Garden
Prunus persica 'NCSU Dwarf Double Red' – dwarf flowering peach – Paradise Garden
Spiraea thunbergii 'Mount Fuji' – variegated Thunberg spirea – Paradise Garden

Viburnum Collection Viburnum ×burkwoodii 'Anne Russell' – Burkwood viburnum – E14
Viburnum 'Conoy' – Egolf hybrid viburnum – E14
Viburnum obovatum 'St. Paul' – viburnum – E14

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Camellia japonica
'Alba Supreme' – white Japanese camellia – WG6
Cercis canadensis 'Royal White' – white eastern redbud – WG6
Cercis canadensis f. alba – white redbud – WG8
Prunus mexicana – Mexican plum – WG2
Prunus Snow Fountains® – flowering cherry – WG6
Viburnum ×burkwoodii 'Mohawk' – Egolf hybrid Burkwood viburnum – WG5
Viburnum ×carlcephalum 'Cayuga' – Egolf hybrid fragrant viburnum – WG6

Winter Garden
Corylopsis glabrescens
var. gotoana – fragrant winterhazel – E21
Helleborus ×hybridus (Ashwood Garden hybrids) – Lenten rose – E19
Ipheion uniflorum – spring star flower – E19, E21
Prunus glandulosa 'Sinensis' – pink dwarf flowering almond – E21
Prunus incisa 'Snowcloud'– white Fuji cherry – E21

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

April Calendar

Guided Tours – April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2006 (Sundays) – 2:00 PM – Free

We invite you to join us for free guided tours through the Arboretum. Learn about the Arboretum's history, plants, and more. Tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday* at 2:00 PM from March-October. Tours are led by a dedicated group of volunteers and last approximately one hour (rain or shine). *No tours on May 7, 2006 or October 8, 2006.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 6, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Botanical Bounty of Australia and New Zealand" presented by Pat McCracken, Zebulon, North Carolina. – Enjoy the botanical goodness of Australia and New Zealand as Pat McCracken takes us on a whirlwind tour through this unique part of the world. See the scenes and learn about flora down under.

Pi Alpha Xi Annual Plant Sale at the JCRA – April 8, 2006 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and April 9, 2006 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Free admission

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

Espalier Workshop – April 15, 2006 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM – $25.00 (members only)

Lee Calhoun, a resident of Pittsboro, North Carolina, developed a passion for collecting and preserving antique southern apple varieties. His living collection includes over two hundred varieties, all grown in his backyard. To accommodate this impressive collection, Lee propagated all varieties on dwarfing apple rootstock, and established them on a trellis system using the techniques of espalier. Lee will share with participants the history of his impressive collection, and describe and demonstrate the various espalier training forms he has used. Although Lee's expertise is in using the art of espalier for maintaining his apple variety collection, the concepts, principles, and techniques that he will share are applicable to espalier of many woody ornamental plants. The seasonal timing of this workshop will correspond to the time of full bloom for much of his collection, so expect to revel in the beauty of this remarkable collection in flower. Registration is closed, but a waiting list has been started.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 20, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"In Search of the Horticultural Big Five – A Horticultural Journey through South Africa" presented by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina – Take a visual journey through South Africa with Tony Avent to see the floral wonders in this part of the Southern Hemisphere. On trips to Africa, people typically talk about seeing the "Big Five." This refers to the fauna list of buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceros. Enjoy Tony's "Big Five" from a floral point of view, that is Agapanthus, Aloe, Brunsvigia, Haemanthus, and Kniphofia and so much more.

Open Day at the Joslin Garden – April 22, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:30 AM-6:30 PM – Free

Please join William and Mary Coker Joslin as they celebrate spring. The Joslins are inviting all to explore their delightful garden, which ranges in styles from formal to informal and includes a diverse collection of native and exotic plants.

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

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