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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2006

In This Issue

Gala Invitation – Click here to download the invitation.It's Not too Late!

The JC Raulston Arboretum's signature event, the "Gala in the Garden," will be held on May 7, 2006, from 3:00 PM-7:00 PM.  This year's event will feature fabulous food, a silent auction with lots of great items, and the entertainment of the Southern String Band.  It is not too late for you to enjoy a beautiful day and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Arboretum. 

Your invitation is waiting for you on our Gala Web page at <>.  To make your reservations today, contact Autumn Keck at (919) 513-3826, <>, or fax at (919) 515-5361.  We look forward to seeing you there! – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

JCRA 30th Anniversary Symposium

"Plan – and Plant for a Better World"

September 22-24, 2006

Symposium Registration

Symposium registration is now open. Download the registration form (PDF format) or call Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 for more information or to register.

When J. C. Raulston began teaching in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, few could have imagined that he would become a galvanic force behind the renaissance in the nursery industry during the latter part of the twentieth century.  After establishing the Arboretum in 1976, J. C. spent the next two decades mentoring scores of students and making connections among plant explorers and nursery owners, yielding hundreds of plants to test, grow, and share with the industry and the public.

In "Plan – and Plant for a Better World," we celebrate J. C.'s life through speakers drawn from colleagues, students, plant professionals, and the nursery industry – all of whom are the richer from his legacy.  There will be links to the past, a roundup of current plant successes, and a salute to J. C.'s influence on future plant introductions.

The pearl, a symbol of beauty, traditionally represents a 30th anniversary.  Come celebrate the "pearl" that is the JC Raulston Arboretum as it enters the fourth decade. – Bobby Ward, JCRA Volunteer

Coming Attractions – Highlights of May

Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'In May throughout the Arboretum, you will find the flowers of sweet bay and Southern magnolia, mock-orange (Philadelphus), rose, Japanese spirea, gardenia, hydrangea, weigela, and St. Johns-wort (Hypericum). The Perennial Border as it is prepared for renovation will showcase clematis, beard-tongue (Penstemon), sage (Salvia), perennial verbenas, and Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa).

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alison' – oakleaf hydrangea– WG4
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' – mophead smooth hydrangea – WG6a
Iris sibirica 'White Swirl' – Siberian Iris – WG5
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' – Virginia sweetspire – WG7
Rosa 'Nastarana' – rose – WG1

Lath House
Dicentra scandens 'Athens Yellow' – climbing yellow bleeding heart – L14
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Harmony' – oakleaf hydrangea – L14
Hydrangea serrata 'Rosalba' – mountain hydrangea – L18
Hydrangea 'Winterthur Hybrid' – hybrid hydrangea – L20
Kalmia latifolia 'Little Linda' – mountain laurel – L16

Mixed Border
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star – E36
Jasminum beesianum – Chinese jasmine – E37e
Lonicera 'Mandarin' – orange honeysuckle – E37e
Spiraea japonica 'Candle Light' – Japanese spirea – E37e
Spiraea japonica Magic Carpet™ – Japanese spirea – E37w
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum – E37w
Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlanders Blue' – dusty zenobia – E38e

Northeast Arboretum
Hypericum forrestii – Forrest St. John's-wort – E23
Wisteria macrostachya 'Aunt Dee' – wisteria – E12
Wisteria macrostachya 'Clara Mack' – wisteria – E12
Wisteria frutescens 'Longwood Purple' – wisteria – E12

Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden
By late May, most of the Rose Garden is in flower.

Southwestern Garden
Agave lophantha –agave– W42
Camassia quamash subsp. quamash – common camas-lily – W14
Hesperaloe parviflora – red yucca – W41
Opuntia ×alta – tall prickly-pear – W42
Yucca flaccida – weak-leaf yucca – W42
Yucca treculeana – Don Quixote's lance – W41

Theme Gardens
Acca sellowiana 'NCSU Hardy'– pineapple guava –Paradise Garden
Aesculus californica 'Canyon Pink' – pink California buckeye – T08
Baptisia sphaerocarpa
'Screaming Yellow – yellow wild-indigo – Paradise Garden

West Arboretum
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' – purple wild-indigo – W12
Baptisia sulphurea – pale yellow wild-indigo – W12
Baptisia alba × B. australis – hybrid wild-indigo – W11
Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' – pink American yellowwood – W10

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

May Calendar

Gala in the Garden – May 7, 2006 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $55.00

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.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 11, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Gardening Down Under; Gardens of Australia and New Zealand" presented by Bryce Lane, Instructor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. A five-week trip to New Zealand and Australia provided the opportunity to visit many different types of gardens. From botanical gardens in Christchurch, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, to small private gardens frequented by some, to large national parks, Bryce had the opportunity to see and photograph many new things. This presentation will recount many of the wonderful experiences of a gardener's trip down under!

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

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