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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

April 2007

In This Issue

JCRA Evening Gardening

How about unwinding after a day at work in the garden? You are invited to join the JCRA volunteer gardeners on Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM to dusk. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 10, 2007. You will find us at the Manooch Cascade just outside of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. For more information about the Tuesday evening gardening opportunities or any of the other volunteer activities, please contact Frankie Fanelli at (919) 513-7004 or – Frankie Fanelli, Volunteer Coordinator

Gala in the Garden

Gala in the GardenMay 6, 2007 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

The 2007 Gala in the Garden is drawing near and all the information you need is right here.  On May 6, our signature event will take place in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum.Join us for excellent food, drinks, great music, and our silent auction that always has unique items and an abundance of plants.

We rely on our friends and volunteers to bring in great items that help our silent auction become better each year.  In the past, we have received paintings, restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia, and other great collectibles. Information about donating an auction item and becoming a corporate sponsor along with the invitation is available in the Gala's online announcement. – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Reciprocal Benefits

Are you using your membership benefits?  Every member of the Arboretum can use their membership card to receive special discounts at local businesses and nurseries.  Just show your membership card to let the business know you are a Friend of the Arboretum. A complete listing of all the businesses and their offers is available on the Arboretum's Web site and in the Special Discounts brochure available at the Arboretum. – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Mini Appeal for Technology

The Arboretum's previously roomy 250 GB hard drive used to host the photograph and slide collection is nearly out of space for new files. Enough space remains for some digital photographs, but additional slide box scans can no longer be placed on the server. Scanning continues, but they cannot be made available on the Web until a new hard drive is purchased. A 500 GB hard drive (approximately $150.00) is large enough to host the entire slide collection once it is scanned along with the growing photograph collection. If you'd like to help the Arboretum purchase a new drive, please consider making a small donation to help. A downloadable donation form is available. Should more funds be collected than needed for the hard drive, the donations will be used to purchase Adobe's upcoming Dreamweaver CS3. Dreamweaver is the Web site creation application used on the Arboretum's Web site. The new version includes many new and exciting abilities. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

April Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 5, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"A New Flora for the Southeastern United States" presented by Alan Weakley, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Herbarium, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina. The Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Albert E. Radford, Ph.D.; Harry E. Ahles; and C. Ritchie Bell, Ph.D.) has been the standard flora for the Carolinas (and much of the Southeast) since it's publication in 1968. Alan Weakley, Ph.D., is nearing completion of a new flora covering the approximately 6,500 species south of the Mason-Dixon line, east of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and north of the Florida peninsula. The very extensive changes in our understanding of the rich Southeastern flora over the last 40 years are the result of new taxonomic research (including new methods including gene-sequencing), increased botanical inventory and exploration of specialized and unusual habitats with high potential for disjunct and endemic plants, and naturalization of additional alien species. For the Carolinas alone, 4,500 taxa are recognized, compared to 3,500 in Radford, Ahles, and Bell (1968), with about 450 new aliens considered naturalized or potentially so, 200 new natives discovered to occur in the Carolinas, 100 newly named species, and a net increase of 250 as a result of "splitting" and "lumping." These changes have serious implications for plant identification, education, conservation, biogeographic and ecological research, and sharing of floristic information. The new flora is available online and in draft printed copies.

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale at the JCRA – April 14, 2007 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and April 15, 2007 (Sunday) – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM – Free

Join Pi Alpha Xi for their 25th anniversary Plant Sale. On sale will be annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, and shrubs; a true plethora of unique specimens and cherished garden favorites. Plant Sale proceeds are allocated to horticultural charities, scholarships, and organizations. A plant availability list should be posted on their Web site a few days before the sale.

Open Day at the Joslin Garden – April 14, 2007 (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 enjoy their delightful garden, which is situated on over four acres in the heart of Raleigh. Visitors can explore the garden's distinct areas by following informal paths that connect a collection of camellias, an arboretum of unusual trees, a native woodland, and a formal patio garden. Naturalistic groupings of special native, cultivated, and exotic plants include some rare specimens.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 19, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Dogwoods of the World – Biodiversity, Phylogeny, and Evolution" presented by Qiuyun (Jenny) Xiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology, NC State University. The flowering dogwood found throughout much of North Carolina is the state's official flower. To many people, this is the only dogwood there is, however, there are many other species. Join Jenny Xiang as she takes you on a visual tour of the dogwoods found across the world.

Landscape Design Seminar – April 21, 2007 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM-4:00 PM – $149.00 for members, $179.00 for nonmembers ($30.00 membership included)

"Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home" presented by Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy and Associates. A trend is emerging in home and landscape design to extend the presence of home out onto the land, creating personal sanctuaries for homeowners. Join one of today's top leaders in landscape design Julie Moir Messervy, as she removes traditional design barriers between the home and its surroundings to produce a unified, personalized design – the landscape of home. As featured in her new book, Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home, written with architect Sarah Susanka, this groundbreaking approach helps professionals and homeowners explore ways to embrace the habitat of home, discover their inward garden and link inside to out. Limited space remains in this seminar.

Landscape Design Lecture – April 26, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – $10.00 for members, $15.00 for nonmembers

"Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-part Master Plan" presented by Mary Palmer Dargan, Dargan Landscape Architects. Join Mary Palmer Dargan as she shares a blend of specific design techniques and practical advice on how to achieve the sophisticated look of a professionally designed landscape on any size or type of property. Examples of specific design treatments are beautifully illustrated with lush color photography taken from their own archives and landscape plans of their client's gardens. Illustrations of historic gardens from around the world that inspired to the authors are included as well as before and after examples of the authors' award-winning work.

Photography Workshop – April 28, 2007 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Review Date – May 3, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:00 PM-10:00 PM) – $100.00 for members, $130.00 for nonmembers

"Blossom Bonanza – Working Your Way to Prize-winning Flower Photography" presented by Susan Bailey and Budd Titlow, Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association – Triangle Region. Most photograph workshops feature only beautiful shots. This often hinders the learning process. The tendency is to admire images while thinking, "Wow, I'll never be able to do that." What participants don't realize is that preceding many winning shots is a whole series of shots that didn't make the grade and ended up in the "circular file." This workshop will feature a technique that has proven most effective in workshops Susan and Budd have taught for the past 25 years. Picking up on the theme of Budd's photo-essay published in the October 2005 issue of Outdoor Photographer, they'll show workshop participants how creative thought combined with patience and willingness to "work a subject" can turn ordinary shots into prize-winning images. To accomplish this, they'll show a step-by-step series of "out-takes" (including the problems and corrections for each) that led to some of our most successful images. This technique really inspires participants, since you see that behind each finished image is often a series of shots that failed. Limited space remains in this seminar.

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

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