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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2008

In This Issue

2008 Summer Internships at the JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum is pleased to announce its 2008 Summer Intern Program. Several philanthropic individuals and groups have generously established these opportunities to enrich the educational experience of students and to assist the Arboretum staff in fulfilling its educational and public garden mission. Full-time (38 hours/week) and part-time internship (20 hours/week) opportunities are available this year.

Interns will be involved in a wide variety of activities, including general grounds management activities (weeding, watering, edging), plant installations, structural and hardscape installation, plant propagation, and nursery management. Interns will also work with the installation and maintenance of the summer color beds, container gardens, and the rooftop garden collection.

All interns will have the opportunity to become familiar with other Arboretum activities, including site map production, plant records, Web site features, digital photography, and improving interpretative signage throughout the Arboretum. – Denny Werner, Director

Coming Attractions – Highlights of February

Pieris 'Karenoma'Even in winter our diverse plantings reward observant visitors with colorful surprises.

Winter Garden
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' – bloodtwig dogwood
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick
Daphne odora – winter daphne
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Ilex cornuta 'Sunrise' – golden Chinese holly
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange
Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden' – wintergold Virginia pine

Mixed Border
Cupressus arizonica 'Limelight' – yellow Arizona cypress
Daphniphyllum macropodum – courtesy-leaf
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' – variegated Himalayan pine

Visitor Center and Ruby C McSwain Education Center Gardens
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' – weeping river birch – C07
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Winter Gold' – golden paperbush – C07
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' – Colorado blue spruce – Su7
Salix 'Flame' – red-stem willow – Su7
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Pink Magic' – Doorenbos coralberry – V06

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa' & 'Sango kaku' – coral-bark Japanese maple – E00, J01
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet – E15
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Emerald Kascade' – weeping thornless honeylocust – E16
Nandina domestica and cultivars – heavenly bamboo – E16
Prunus mume and cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot – E19, E21

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

February Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – February 7, 2008 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Exploring the Fascinating World Inside the Hive: Insights Into Honey Bees and Beekeeping" presented by David Tarpy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology, NC State University. Ever wonder how many flowers a bee needs to visit in order to make one teaspoon of honey? Do you understand the "birds and the bees" for bees? Did you know that honey bees have the only abstract language in the animal kingdom besides our own? Indeed, honey bees are among the best studied – and most intriguing – animals on the planet.

Plantsmen's Tour – February 12, 2008 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Winter Gems" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Come out and brave the cold for a medley of plants showing everything from flowers to foliage and bark to berries. We'll stop at some of the hidden highlights of the Arboretum in winter.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – February 17, 2008 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM – Free

Part of A Walk in the Winter Garden

"The Winter Garden" presented by Dick and Judith Knott Tyler, Pine Knot Farms. Hate the heat, the mosquitoes, ticks, snakes, and other summer delights? Consider gardening in the winter! Our "Winter Garden" comes to life as the leaves fall in October and November when many are ending their gardening year. Judith and Dick will follow the season with plants which brighten their days from the holidays, through the dreary months of January and February on into spring. Judith and Dick are famous for their hellebores, but this presentation will include small trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs too. They'll trace the development of their garden throughout the years, discussing soil preparation, some of the problems, and a few solutions they've reached while they established their garden.

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 17, 2008 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for A Walk in the Winter Garden as we celebrate the winter season. Activities begin at 1:00 PM with a Friends of the Arboretum Lecture titled "The Winter Garden" presented by Dick and Judith Knott Tyler, Pine Knot Farms. Tours are scheduled for 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM and will highlight many of the Arboretum's magnificent plants at their peak during the winter months including Japanese flowering apricots, witchhazels, hellebores, conifers, hollies, winter honeysuckles, and many others. The JC Raulston Arboretum and Pine Knot Farms will each offer a selection of plants that look their finest in winter for sale during the event.

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

Recent Members Only Additions

Several new videos were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in January and is now available for viewing. It includes the following:

Content in the Members Only section is password protected and is only available to Arboretum members. In order to access these special features, members will need to know the password that was printed on the label of their latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included at the end of the e-mail with the latest monthly JCRA e-Update attached to it. The end of the e-mail is after Chris' signature line. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."

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