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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2006

In This Issue

New Programs

White Pines Nature PreserveTwo new and exciting programs have been added to the Arboretum's spring line up. They include:

Day Tripping to White Pines Nature Preserve – March 4, 2006 (Saturday) – 12:00 PM-4:30 PM – $25.00 for members and $30.00 for nonmembers

Join us on our day trip to White Pines Nature Preserve, the Triangle Land Conservancy's flagship property. Located at the confluence of the Deep and Rocky rivers, White Pines Nature Preserve is a great place to enjoy nature. The preserve supports several stands of white pines, a tree that is normally found in the cooler mountain region of North Carolina. Many other plants more commonly seen in the mountains including Catawba rhododendron and mountain laurel grow at White Pines, too. Benson Kirkman and Jesse Perry will lead us on special tours highlighting the natural beauty and the plants of White Pines. Part of the proceeds for this trip will be donated to the Triangle Land Conservancy. Download the registration form.

Hypertufa Workshop – March 11, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM – $30.00 (members only)

Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Learn to mix the ingredients, build a container, and release a finished container from its mold. Bring a container/mold approximately 10" × 15" and 5" deep and a piece of plywood larger than your mold to use as a work surface. Your container can be a metal or sturdy plastic bowl, a thick Styrofoam container, or a dishpan. Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, JCRA volunteers, are leading this workshop. Download the registration form.

In addition to the two new programs listed above, we are still taking registration for our other spring 2006 workshops.

"Tissue Culture of Phalaenopsis Orchid Seed and Seedlings" – February 25, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM – $30.00 (members only)

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

Complete details for these workshops (and all of our other programs too) are available on our Web site in our Calendar of Events section. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Introducing the 2006 JCRA T-shirt

2006 T-shirtThe 2006 JCRA T-shirts are now available! This design celebrates the JCRA's 30th year anniversary as well as J. C. Raulston's legacy. J. C.'s tag line "Plan – and plant for a better world" is include in the design in his own handwriting. Per tradition, a listing of all genera planted in the Arboretum is printed on the back. You may purchase apparel in the Visitor Center or at the reception desk in in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Short sleeve T-shirts are $15.00 and long sleeve T-shirts are $20.00. Profits from the sale of apparel help support the JCRA volunteer program. – Frankie Fanelli, Volunteer Coordinator

Coming Attractions – Highlights of February

Magnolia foveolata – Chinese micheliaOne of the finest winter gardens is located at the JC Raulston Arboretum. This month, there's over twenty five Japanese flowering apricot trees (Prunus mume) in flower throughout the Arboretum and an especially beautiful weeping form, 'W.B. Clarke', in the Winter Garden. A Chinese michelia (Magnolia foveolata) covered in white flowers will greet you at the entrance to the Winter Garden. Outside the Visitor Center, pick up the A Walk in the Winter Garden self-guided tour to discover more winter favorites. A warm winter has caused many plants to flower early this year, so don't wait to visit.

Winter Garden

Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki' – dwarf Japanese cornel
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' – bloodtwig dogwood
Corylus avellana
'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick
Daphne odora f. alba – white winter daphne
×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Ilex cornuta 'Sunrise' – golden Chinese holly
Iris unguicularis – Algerian iris
Magnolia foveolata – Chinese michelia
Mahonia ×media 'Winter Sun' – grapeholly
Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden' – wintergold Virginia pine
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange
Prunus mume and cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot

Other Areas of the Arboretum*

Acer griseum – paperbark maple – S06, S07
Acer negundo
'Winter Lightning' – W11
Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa' – coral-bark Japanese maple – E00
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' – coral-bark Japanese maple – J01
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet – E15
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Cornus stolonifera 'Silver and Gold' – variegated yellow-twig osier dogwood – E33
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Winter Gold' – golden paperbush – C07
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Emerald Kascade' – weeping thornless honeylocust – E16
Hamamelis species and cultivars – witchhazel – E15, E16, E21
Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal' – hybrid winterberry holly – E35, E43b
Lindera chienii – winter spicebush – E11
Mahonia ×media cultivars – grapeholly – E19, S07, P01
Nandina domestica and cultivars – heavenly bamboo – E16
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' – Colorado blue spruce – Su7
Prunus mume and cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot – WG1, P06, Su6, E43b
Salix 'Flame' – willow – Su7
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii cultivars – Doorenbos coralberry – C09, Su8

*Bed numbers are listed after each common name.

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

February Calendar

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 12, 2006 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for "A Walk in the Winter Garden" as we celebrate the winter season. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM with a Friends of the Arboretum Lecture presented by Peter Loewer. Gardeners often turn their attentions to the indoors and houseplants in an effort to ignore the colder months. But Peter Loewer – who lives in the chill of a winterized Asheville – thinks that those cold months are often great times to garden. He extols the virtues of pods, fruits, berries, beautiful leaves, and flowers – yes, flowers! This talk features both the good and the bad of winter gardening and uses the book The Winter Garden (by Peter Loewer and Larry Mellichamp), as a guide and includes eighty slides. "A Walk in the Winter Garden" tours begin at 2:00 PM and will highlight many of the Arboretum's magnificent plants at their peak during the winter months including Japanese flowering apricots, witchhazels, hellebores, conifers, hollies, winter honeysuckles, and many others.

Propagation Workshop – February 25, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM – $30.00 (members only)

"Tissue Culture of Phalaenopsis Orchid Seed and Seedlings" with Denny Werner, Director – Workshop participants will learn about orchid sexual reproduction and seed biology. Participants will learn and engage in the techniques of orchid seed sterilization, and culture of seeds of Phalaenopsis orchids on artificial growing media under aseptic (sterile) conditions. Participants will also subculture five-month-old Phalaenopsis seedlings onto fresh media, and transfer older seedlings from sterile culture conditions into pots for greenhouse growing. Participants can take home young Phalaenopsis seedlings. Download the registration form.

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

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