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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

October 2007

In This Issue

Annual Plant Distribution

Annual Plant DistributionThe Annual JC Raulston Plant Distribution will take place on October 6, 2007 (Saturday) at 9:00 AM. As many of you know, this is a great time for you to recoup all your membership dues in just twenty short minutes. Each member leaves the event with an average of 10 plants that would cost more than the $40.00 Individual membership price. Renew your membership online today and be included in this event. Or call Autumn Keck at (919) 513-3826 to renew your membership by phone. – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

New Membership Benefit

The JC Raulston Arboretum's Web site includes some new additions intended for our members' enjoyment and education. Since March 2007, we've been recording the Friends of the Arboretum Lectures. We also started to record the Plantsmen's Tours last month when these wonderful tours returned to our roster of educational programs. The videos have been placed on the Arboretum's Web site in a new section titled Members Only. The content in the Members Only section is password protected, but we've taken steps to make this as simple as possible. The user name and password needed to access this section is the same one used for the newsletters. The user name is always "jcra" and the password will change when a new newsletter is mailed. The password is included on the newsletter's address label and each e-mail sent to the Arboretum's members with the JCRA e-Updates attached will include the access information. If you received this JCRA e-Update via e-mail, look towards the top of the e-mail and just below Chris Glenn's signature line for the access information. We hope you enjoy this new Web site resource. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Celebrate North Carolina Wines

Celebrate North Carolina WinesThe third annual Celebrate North Carolina Wines will take place on October 7, 2007 (Sunday) from 3:00 PM -7:00 PM at the JC Raulston Arboretum. This year, the event will feature 13 award winning wineries from around the state, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, a dessert reception, and a silent auction. For more information about the wineries, menu, and silent auction, visit the event's Web site. Proceed will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum and viticulture and enology research at NC State University. Tickets are still available, to get yours contact Autumn Keck at (919) 513-3826 or – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Garden Writing Class

November 10, 2007 (Saturday) – 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
November 11, 2007 (Sunday) – 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Eloquent garden writing is a pleasure to produce, whether you want to publish or simply enrich your garden experience through journal-keeping. Combining lecture and in-class writing exercises, we'll explore how to create lyrical and compelling prose. We'll discuss the fundamental building blocks of beautiful sentences and paragraphs; an expanded language of color and texture; how to take your work from first draft to finished product; and the basics of publication, including how to successfully write and pitch article proposals to editors. For additional details, please read this class' announcement. – Pam Baggett, Freelance Garden Writer, Lecturer, and Photographer

New Benefit Providers

Attention all members, here is another way your membership is working for you!  The JC Raulston Arboretum has partnered with a number of nurseries and businesses to provide you with great discounts just by showing your membership card.

Our newest additions to the benefit provider list are:

Big Bloomers
275 Pressley Foushee Road
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-6597
10% discount on regularly priced plants

Lasting Impressions
4904 Hermitage Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
10% discount on regularly priced items

An updated benefit provider list is available on our Web site and the program's brochure can be picked up at the Arboretum. – Autumn Keck, Associate Director of Membership and Fund-raising Events

Coming Attractions – Highlights of October

Arbutus unedo 'Elfin King'Klein-Pringle White Garden
Kosteletzkya virginica ‘Immaculate’ – white seashore mallow
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Sedum alboroseum ‘Frosty Morn’ – variegated blush stonecrop

Lath House
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster
Rhododendron Autumn Coral™ – Encore azalea®
Rhododendron Autumn Royalty™ – Encore azalea®

Mixed Border
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore azalea®
Tetradium baberi – Baber's bee-bee tree
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

Paradise Garden
Salvia elegans – pineapple sage
Ziziphus jujuba var. inermis – Chinese date

Perennial Border
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' – golden-stripe pampas grass
Helianthus salicifolius – willow-leaf sunflower
Lespedeza thunbergii 'Pink Fountain' – pink bush clover
Muhlenbergia capillaris – Muhly grass

Throughout the Arboretum
Callicarpa species and cultivars – purple and white beautyberry
Canna species and cultivars

This show is free. Visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

October Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – October 4, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Permaculture Basics and Home Applications" presented by Will Hooker, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Permaculture is a sustainable living methodology, with the word itself being a contraction of two words, PERMAnent and CULTURE, or agriCULTURE. At its basis, permaculture encourages people to take greater responsibility for meeting many of their own needs, – food, water, waste recycling, energy, shelter, etc. – thereby reducing their ecological and carbon footprints. (To prepare yourself for this talk, you might want to take the two quizzes at and The principles of permaculture will be highlighted, and then Will will discuss the work that he, his wife, Jeana Myers, Ph.D., and their son, Eli, have done at their home in Raleigh, known as the Bitty City Farm.

Annual Plant Distribution – October 6, 2007 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM – Free for members

The epic event of public horticulture where thousands of choice and rare plants are freely given away to the Arboretum's members. A list of the available plants will be posted on the Arboretum's Web site the week of the event.

Celebrate North Carolina Wines – October 7, 2007 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the door

North Carolina is home to 61 wine producers and ranks 10th for both wine and grape production in the United States. 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 the North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Plantsmen's Tour – October 9, 2007 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Fall Color for the Shrub Border" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director. Fall color is an important part of the garden experience and while many of us don't have room for trees, shrubs can always fit into the landscape. Join us for a tour of some shrubs that will add some zest to the autumn with fiery red, brilliant gold, and deep plum shades.

Guided Tours – October 14, 21, and 28, 2007 (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 18, 2007 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Plant Lust Vol. 1: Variegation" presented by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director. We've all succumbed to Plant Lust, one of the worst of the gardening sins (along with mulch volcanoes and green meatball foundation plantings). A craving for variegated plants is often the first sign of this insidious affliction. Who needs flowers anyway when your foliage is colorful all season long? Variegated plants provide punch and drama to the landscape, but they can become an obsession. Join me in a tour of my descent into variegation madness.

Note: Parking will be limited on Beryl Road on October 18, 2007, due to the North Carolina State Fair. Additional spaces will be available in the 512 Brickhaven Building's parking lot. Please allow a little extra time to get to the Arboretum and to find a parking space.

Horticulture Symposium – October 20, 2007 (Saturday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM – $119.00 for JCRA members or Horticulture subscribers, all others $129.00

"Smaller Gardens/Big Ideas" Having a smaller space to plant really concentrates our focus. Within visible boundaries – a townhouse lot, a tiny front yard, the space in the back that's left after that new addition – we face the challenge of designing a retreat that combines wonderful plants, great design ideas, and a space from which to survey it all. Simplify and edit become our watchwords and only the choicest plants need apply.

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

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