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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

September 2006

In This Issue

Water Garden"Walk on Water" at the JCRA

We are excited to announce that restoration of the Stepping-stone Water Garden is completed.  This very popular water feature had fallen into disrepair in recent years, but thanks to a grant from Pi Alpha Xi, we were able to move forward with repair this past summer.  This water feature has been a long-time favorite of children visiting the JCRA.  In fact, I recently asked my daughter, now 24, what she remembers as her favorite part of the JCRA when she was young.  The stepping-stone garden topped her list of JCRA memories.  In addition to a complete structural restoration, a new palette of interesting plants was established in the water feature and in the area surrounding the water garden.  Restoration of the garden was accomplished by John Hammond, past NC State graduate and owner of Remember Your Roots, and Bob Davis, JCRA water garden curator.  JCRA technicians Tim Alderton and James Lail did a great job choosing and establishing the new plants in the garden area (and keeping them alive during our recent heat and drought!).  A sincere thank you also to the great group of volunteers who worked with Bob during the project. – Denny Werner, Ph.D., Director

New Scree Garden Established

New screen garden under developmentUnder construction at this time, but nearing completion, is an exciting new scree garden being developed adjacent to the west side of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center.  Once completed, this garden will allow the JCRA to grow and display a diversity of drought tolerant plants that require full sun and extraordinary drainage.  Plants indigenous to areas such as the southwestern United States, Mexico, South Africa, and Mediterranean climate habitats will highlight this garden area.  Plants from unique areas in the eastern United States, such as the sandhills of North Carolina and South Carolina, and the shale barrens of Virginia, will also be trialed here.  Technicians Tim Alderton and James Lail have done a great job forming and shaping the raised beds and integrating the beautiful boulders into the garden space.  Thanks also to Rick Boggs, Tony Avent, and Suzanne Edney for assistance in laying out the garden space and path system in this garden, and to the Carolina Stalite Company for supplying the PermaTill soil amendment.   We can't wait to start planting!  Now where did I put my trowel??? – Denny Werner, Ph.D., Director

Crepe Myrtle Path Project

Recent visitors to the JCRA have observed the changes in progress around 'Fantasy', our champion Japanese crepe myrtle, and its unnamed sister seedling.  If you have come to the JCRA for any of our evening programs, you have probably seen the beautiful up lighting that now highlights the beautiful trunk and bark characters on these magnificent trees.  Stunning!  Thanks to John Garner of Southern Lights for the generous gift of the lights and installation.  Other ongoing improvements in this area are aimed at improving the path system near the trees for improved visitor access, and developing a more pleasing sitting area adjacent to the trees.  Landscape designer Suzanne Edney has developed a creative plan for addressing these needs; so keep your eyes open for these future improvements. – Denny Werner, Ph.D., Director

Thank You

A sincere thank you to all for your support of the JCRA via your membership, volunteer efforts, financial contributions, and the many other ways in which you demonstrate your care and concern for our garden and its programs.  We have embarked on the first of some new and ambitious projects here at the Arboretum that we trust will enhance the plant collections and also result in a more pleasing and educational experience for our members and visitors. The new projects we have initiated stretch the already razor-thin budget of the JCRA. Any financial contribution to these new garden projects would be extremely helpful and sincerely appreciated.  If you wish to make a contribution, no matter how small, send them to Denny Werner, Director, and note on your check "new garden projects."  Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation. We'll be certain your contribution goes directly to these new garden development projects.  – Denny Werner, Ph.D., Director

Celebrate North Carolina Wines

Celebrate North Carolina WinesNorth 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.

The first half of the event will feature wine tastings, various demonstrations, heavy hors d'oeuvre, live music, and a silent auction. The latter half of the celebration will feature the North Carolina Wine and Grape Council's 2006 awards presentation, along with dessert and coffee.

Tickets are $50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the door. Proceeds will benefit NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' viticulture and enology research and the JC Raulston Arboretum. For more information, please contact Autumn Keck at (919) 513-3826 or <> or visit <>. – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Coming Attractions – Highlights of September

Rhodophiala bifidaKlein-Pringle White Garden
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster
Callicarpa japonica 'Leucocarpa' – white Japanese beautyberry
Kalimeris pinnatifida – false aster
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Phlox paniculata 'David' – garden phlox
Rosa 'Prosperity' – rose
Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn' – variegated blush stonecrop

Lath House
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster
Clematis terniflora – sweet autumn clematis
Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride' – hairy alumroot
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™ – Encore™ azalea
Salvia greggii 'Alba' – white autumn sage
Sedum 'Ruby Glow' – garden stonecrop
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' – toad-lily

Mixed Border
Abelia parvifolia – Schumann abelia
Lycoris radiata var. radiata – red surprise-lily
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore™ azalea
Rhodophiala bifida – oxblood-lily
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' – garden stonecrop
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

Model Gardens
Abelia chinensis – Chinese abelia – Butterfly Garden
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster – Butterfly Garden
Hedychium coccineum – red ginger-lily – Paradise Garden
Solidago rugosa 'Golden Baby '– goldenrod – Butterfly Garden
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' – rough-leaf goldenrod – Butterfly Garden

Perennial Border
Aster oblongifolius – aromatic aster
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence Pink) – garden chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum (15-501 yellow) – garden chrysanthemum
Eupatorium greggi – Texas ageratum
Helianthus maximilianii – Maximilian sunflower
Helianthus salicifolius – willowleaf sunflower
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' – compact Mexican bush sage
Sedum telephium 'Matrona' – common orpine

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly bush – throughout the JCRA
Heptacodium miconioides – seven-son's tree – Bed E42
Senna corymbosa – Argentine senna – Bed E10
Vitex agnus-castus 'Fletcher Pink' – E49

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

September Calendar

Guided Tours – September 3, 10, 17, and 24, 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 – September 7, 2006 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"From Dollars to Dong-Bahts – In Search of Great Plants in North Vietnam and Thailand" presented by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens – Join Tony Avent on a whirlwind trip as he presents a travelogue of fascinating places, people, and most of all great plants from northern Vietnam and northern Thailand. The regions visited on his 2005 botanical expedition were tropical and sub-tropical, but many contained interesting combinations of temperate and tropical flora, some of which should be hardy.

JC Raulston Arboretum 30th Anniversary Symposium – September 22-24, 2006 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) – $195.00 for members, nonmembers are invited to join

"Plan – And Plant for a Better World" – Celebrating the founding of the Arboretum and J. C. Raulston's life through internationally renowned speakers drawn from colleagues, past students, plant professionals, and the nursery industry. There will be links to the past, a roundup of current plant successes, new and useful plant introductions, and a salute to J. C.'s influence on future plant introductions.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days – September 23-24, 2006 (Saturday and Sunday) –11:00 AM-4:00 PM and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – $5.00 per ticket or six tickets for $25.00 (one ticket per person per garden)

The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program comes to Raleigh, North Carolina in September, featuring six private gardens to visit. Gardens participating on these two dates feature sumptuous plantings beneath the native red and white oak canopy of a traditional Southern home with a formal Italian fountain and cascading waterfalls; a Japanese-style garden with a magnificent pond spillway; a half-acre suburban property with a rose garden, secret garden, and several follies and garden accents, and much more.

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

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