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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2006

In This Issue

Celebrate North Carolina WinesIt's not too Late

Reserve your tickets today for the 2nd Annual Celebrate North Carolina Wines. This event will feature tastings from 13 wineries across the state, a silent auction, a raffle, and a reception with heavy hors-d'oeuvres and dessert. The event is open to the public. Check out the Celebrate North Carolina Wines Web site for more event and registration details. Contact Autumn Keck at <> or (919) 513-3826 to register today! – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Check Your Mailboxes

It is the time of year for our Connoisseur Plants program. The plants provided for the Connoisseur Plant program are either rare new plants or difficult to find old favorites. Please consider raising your membership to the next level in order to receive these unique plants, as they may not be offered again. Our Connoisseur Plant program year ends on November 30, 2006, so all donations must be postmarked by that date in order to receive these special plants. Now to make it even easier, you can increase your membership level online by visiting our Membership Web page (join and renew link provided at bottom of page). We greatly appreciate your support! – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Coming Attractions – Highlights of October

Chrysanthemum (15-501 yellow) – garden chrysanthemumPerennial Border
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Chrysanthemum (15-501 yellow) – garden chrysanthemum
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden-stripe pampas grass
Cosmos sulphureus – sulphur cosmos
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
Tetradium baberi – Baber's bee-bee tree
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

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 Arboretum
Callicarpa species and cultivars – purple and white beautyberries
Canna species and cultivars
Lespedeza thunbergii species and cultivars – bush-clover

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

October Calendar

Guided Tours – October 15, 22, and 29, 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 (with few exceptions) at 2:00 PM from March-October. Tours are led by a dedicated group of volunteers and last approximately one hour (rain or shine).

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 5, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Show and Tell" presented by various participants – Don't miss this unique FOA Lecture in which the audience is the expert! Do you have some photographs of your home garden or favorite plants that you would like to share? Then don't miss this unique opportunity for members and the general public to exchange their gardening experiences. Are you new to the Triangle? Then this lecture is also for you. Come and see what others are growing.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution – October 7, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM – Free for members, nonmembers are invited to join our membership program to participate in this program

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants "disappear" in less than five minutes. Bring containers or carts to carry all your new plants. Please bring your membership card to check in faster. Don't worry if you can't find it, we can check you in that morning using our membership roster. Family memberships and above are entitled to two membership cards (two people may participate in this event). Check in begins at 7:30 AM. Please arrive before 9:00 AM (preferably before 8:45 AM) to allow enough time to check-in. Please do not be late! In previous years, all plants have been given away in a matter of minutes. If your membership has lapsed or you want to join for the first time, we will be selling memberships starting at 7:30 AM. The give away begins at 9:00 AM sharp. New members who sign up that morning are eligible for the plant give away.

Celebrate North Carolina Wines – October 8, 2006 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM –$50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the door

North Carolina is home to 55 wine producers and ranks 12th for wine production and 10th for grape production in the United States. The second annual "Celebrate North Carolina Wines" will showcase award-winning North Carolina wines, demonstrations of wine and food pairings, and an inside look at viticulture and enology research in NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences along with tastings from 15 wineries across the state. The event is open to the public. For more information or tickets, please contact Autumn Keck at <> or (919) 513-3826.

Propagation Workshop – October 21, 2006 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM – $75.00 (members only) – nonmembers are invited to join our membership program to participate in this program

Join Denny Werner in this hands-on propagation workshop and learn how to propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. Lunch is provided.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 26, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Outstanding Ornamentals from the Far East" presented by Rick Crowder, Hawksridge Nursery. The Japanese nursery industry is well known for their outstanding diversity of ornamental plants. Join Rick Crowder as he discusses some of his trips to Japan and the great plants that he has seen there, some of which are sure to grace your yard soon.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 28, 2006 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

This talk will illustrate the interplay of people and trees, focusing on ways we can enhance this symbiosis. Following the new Best Management Practices for Planting, Pruning, Fertilization, Support Systems, and Preservation, we can sustain a higher quality of life. The simple steps outlined in these BMP's save you time and money as you grow healthy trees for your garden and for a better world.

Arboriculture Workshop – October 28, 2006 (Saturday) – 12:00 PM-2:00 PM – $35.00 (members only) – nonmembers are invited to join our membership program

Tour the Arboretum with us as we demonstrate Best Management Practices for tree care. We will plant, prune, and fertilize according to national standards, and install a variety of support systems to help trees grow straight and strong. We will look at ways to build around trees, and revive trees damaged by construction. You will take home new information and materials to apply to your trees and landscapes.

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

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