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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

June 2008

In This Issue

The More the Merrier

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Aureus'Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21, 2008

It’s not too late to sign up to host your own Summer Solstice Celebration to benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum. It’s a great excuse to invite some friends over for an intimate affair or a grand soirée. With the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having, many of us are experiencing a renewed wonder and want to be outdoors. The summer solstice is just three weeks away. Share the joy of your love for gardening by inviting friends over, while at the same time, benefiting the Arboretum! When your guests ask, “What can I bring?” just say bring you and a friend and instead of a hostess gift, bring a donation to the JCRA. Additional Summer Solstice Celebration details can be found on the JC Raulston Arboretum's or on the News and Observer's Web sites

We'd like to thank the following people for hosting Summer Solstice Celebrations this year:

David Philbrook and Helen Yoest's June 28 party (11:00 AM-1:00 PM) is open to all and Denny and Georgina Werner's June 21 party (6:00 PM - 9:30 PM) is open to JCRA members. If interested in attending either or both parties, please RSVP to the appropriate host(s): Helen at or (919) 781-0199 or Denny at – Helen Yoest, Volunteer

Coming Attractions – Highlights of June

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Aureus'Klein-Pringle White Garden
Albizia coreana – Korean mimosa
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alison' – oakleaf hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' – mophead smooth hydrangea
Lagestroemia 'Natchez ' – U.S. National Arboretum hybrid crepe myrtle

Lath House
Acanthus spinosus – bear's breeches
Euonymus chinensis – Chinese euonymus
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Harmony' – oakleaf hydrangea
Rohdea japonica 'Nobori ryu' – scared lily
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' – pewter-leaf Japanese climbing hydrangea

Magnolia Collection
Hypericum (Cappiello hybrid) – St.John's wort
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' – southern magnolia

Mixed Border
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Billows' – French hydrangea
Gardenia augusta – Cape jessamine

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acca sellowiana 'NCSU Hardy' – pineapple guava – T01
Buddleja 'Lochinch' – Lochinch Castle butterfly-bush – F02 and E39
Dracunculus vulgaris – dragon arum – J07
Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma' – panicled hydrangea – Su7
Koelreuteria paniculata 'Beachmaster' – dwarf golden raintree – E23 and W07
Poliothyrsis sinensis – pearl-bloom tree – W12 and E48

Perennial Border
Asclepias tuberosa subsp. tuberosa – butterfly weed
Echinacea purpurea 'Stewarts Pink' – eastern coneflower
Monarda 'Jacob Cline' – bee balm
Rudbeckia maxima – great coneflower

Scree Garden
Salvia chamaedryoides – blue oak sage
Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer', 'Diane', 'Lipstick', 'Teresa', and 'Flame' – autumn sage

Xeric Garden
Agave salmiana – pulque agave
Agave striata var. striata – needle agave
Callistemon 'Woodlander's Red' – hardy bottlebrush
Hesperaloe parviflora – red yucca

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

June Calendar

Guided Tours – June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2008 (Sundays) – 2:00 PM – Free

We invite you and your friends 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).

Plantsmen's Tour – June 10, 2008 (Tuesday) – 9:00 AM – Free

"Fabulous Foliage" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Plants don't just show off when they're in flower. Take a look at some of the brilliantly colored leaves scattered throughout the Arboretum. Bright blue, gleaming gold, and brilliant burgundy are just some of the colors you'll see on this tour.

Master Gardener "Successful Gardening Clinic" – June 21, 2008 – 10:00 AM-2:00 PM – Free

The Master Gardeners of Wake County will be available to help you with your gardening questions and to talk about best gardening techniques practices. They'll answer your gardening questions and discuss environmentally sound gardening techniques.

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

Recent Members Only Additions

Two new videos were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in May and are now available for viewing. They include 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's signature line. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."

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