May 4, 2008 (Sunday) 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
The 2008 Gala in the Garden is less than a week away. Have you gotten your response in? It's not too late. The festivities begin at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 4, in the gardens of the Arboretum. There will be plenty of food and beverages and live music in a lovely garden setting. Our silent auction promises to be more exciting and interesting than ever. You can check our Web site for more information or call Barbara Kennedy at (919) 513-7004.
Sponsors (as of April 30, 2008)
Bland Landscaping Company, Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Dottie and W. L. Burns, Jr.
Century Framing, Ltd. (Bobby G. Wilder)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Deans and Directors)
Fair Products (Judy and Frank Grainger)
Jerry and Nina Jackson
Robert E. Lyons
The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Mary Ann and Greg Poole
Quality Staffing Specialists
Dan C. L. Sears, ASLA, Sears Design Group
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.
Worthington Farms, Inc.
Auction Item Donors (non plant items)
(as of April 30, 2008)
Auction Item Donors (plants)
(as of April 30, 2008)
See you at the Gala. – Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator
Lonicera 'Mandarin' is an outstanding flowering vine for arbor or fence. The long tubular flowers, deep orange-red on the outside and paler orange inside are produced in masses in May and early June. Sporadic flowering occurs all through the rest of the summer. Hummingbirds are attracted to this vine, so put it where it can be viewed from a porch or kitchen window. Dark purple black young stems and coppery colored new growth add to the display. Plants can grow to 20' tall if given a structure on which to grow. It can be pruned to the desired height in winter and will often put on 6'-8' each growing season once established.
This hybrid was produced at the University of British Colombia Botanical Garden in 1989 as an intentional cross of Lonicera tragophylla and L. ×brownii. The resulting hybrid has proven to be not only a prolific bloomer and vigorous grower, but also very heat and cold tolerant. Look for this outstanding vine on the arbor in the Mixed Border and in the Perennial Border here at the JCRA. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Plant Collections
The recent passing of Harvey Bumgardner, Ph.D., saddened all of us here at the JCRA. Harvey was a kind, gentle, and generous person, and a long-time member, supporter, and volunteer at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Until his recent illness, Harvey could be found at the JCRA every week, helping fellow volunteer Anne Clapp maintain the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden. Harvey's love of roses ran deep. The staff of the JCRA appreciate all that Harvey did for the Arboretum. We will miss him. – Denny Werner, Director
If you haven't visited the JCRA recently, please do to observe the exciting progress on our initial master plan projects. We recently have completed renovation and expansion of the old Southwestern Garden, now renamed the Xeric Garden. This garden area has been totally transformed, and eventually will house a diverse collection of plants adapted to dry conditions. The Xeric Garden is adjacent to the existing Scree Garden, which was completed in summer 2006. These new garden spaces bring some needed interest and excitement to the West Arboretum. Our next master plan project will begin immediately after the Gala in the Garden. Consistent with the objective of improving our path system, and making the JCRA more accessible, a main path originating at the Geophyte Border and extending to the Necessary will be installed. We are excited about the changes being made as we begin implementation of master plan projects. If you recall, the 2007 end-of-the-year Annual Appeal was targeted at raising monies for master plan implementation and the JCRA Endowment for Excellence. The response of the membership to our Annual Appeal was very gratifying, and your generosity has allowed us to move forward with these initial projects, and boost the JCRA Endowment for Excellence at the same time. Thank you so very much for your support of the Arboretum. – Denny Werner, Director
Join us on our day trip to Gary's Nursery, growers of cold hardy palms, in New Bern and a natural area behind the Havelock Tourist and Event Center and Aviation Exhibit to see Sabal minor in its natural habitat. Gary Hollar is our tour guide for the day. He'll show us around his nursery and plantings and talk to us about growing hardy palms. After visiting the nursery, Gary will take us to see Sabal minor growing in the wild in a bald cypress swamp. For complete details, please read this trips announcement our Web site. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
If the recent rains have renewed your gardening spirits as they have mine, I'm confident you are visiting your local nurseries and garden centers to replace those plants that perished in last summer's drought. Please remember to take advantage of your JCRA membership and support those establishments, garden centers and otherwise, that provide a discount to JCRA members. Please thank them for providing a discount to our membership and for their support of the JCRA. – Denny Werner, Director
We are so pleased to announce that the plant records assistant position has been filled by one of our own volunteers, Ann Swallow. Ann has been caretaker of the Japanese Garden since spring of 2001 and has gardened in other areas of the JCRA as well. Now she will get to know our plant records too. Her work with plat maps at the NC State Historic Preservation Office will help her adjust quickly to working with our maps, and she brings a refreshing enthusiasm to a very dry job. It's contagious! I look forward to working with her. – Valerie Tyson, Plant Recorder
In May throughout the Arboretum, you will find the flowers of sweet bay and Southern magnolia, mock-orange (Philadelphus), rose, Japanese spirea, gardenia, hydrangea, weigela, and St. John's wort (Hypericum). The Perennial Border showcases clematis, beard-tongue (Penstemon), sage (Salvia), perennial verbenas, and Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa). By late May, most of the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden is in flower.
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Calycanthus 'Venus' – hybrid sweetshrub – WG2
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' – mophead smooth hydrangea – WG6a
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alison' – oakleaf hydrangea – WG4
Rosa 'Nastarana' – Persian musk rose – WG1
Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' – Japanese snowbell – WG4
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Harmony' – oakleaf hydrangea – L14
Hydrangea serrata 'Rosalba' – mountain hydrangea – L18
Hydrangea 'Winterthur Hybrid' – hybrid hydrangea – L20
Kalmia latifolia ''Kaleidoscope' – mountain laurel – L17
Abelia mosanensis – Mangsan abelia
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star
Beschorneria septentrionalis – false red agave
Lonicera 'Mandarin' – orange honeysuckle
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum
Berlandiera subacaulis – Florida greeneyes
Chrysactinia mexicana – damianita
Phlomis compacta – compact Jerusalem sage
Phlox bifida 'Betty Blake' – sand phlox
Salvia chamaedryoides – blue oak sage
Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer', 'Diane', and more – autumnsage
Sisyrinchium palmifolium – yellow-eyed grass
Yucca rupicola – twisted leaf soapwort
Camassia quamash subsp. quamash – common camas-lily – W14
Hesperaloe parviflora –red yucca – W41
Opuntia ×alta – tall prickly-pear – W42
Yucca flaccida – weak-leaf yucca – W42
Acca sellowiana 'NCSU Hardy' – pineapple guava – Paradise Garden
Aesculus californica 'Canyon Pink' – pink California buckeye – T08
Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screaming Yellow – yellow wild-indigo – Paradise Garden
Other Areas of the Arboretum
Aesculus pavia 'Splendens' – scarlet buckeye – E43b
Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' – Raulston allspice – C14 and E32
Chionanthus retusus – Chinese fringe tree – E40
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' – purple wild-indigo – W12
Baptisia sulphurea – pale yellow wild-indigo – W12
Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' – pink American yellowwood – W10
This show is free. Visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Gala in the Garden – May 4, 2008 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $60.00
Help us Celebrate a Greener World by coming to our annual Gala in the Garden. In keeping with our Greener World theme, our silent auction will have many drought tolerant plants that do well in our environment. And our non-plant auction items will include such things as hand crafted pottery and birdhouses, landscaping consultation services, and gift certificates. Enjoy music by the Southern String Band and gourmet hors d'oeuvre, cocktails, and a special dessert reception. This is always a fun event and we hope you will be there.
Plantsmen's Tour – May 6, 2008 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free
"A Few of My Favorite Things" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. A medley of different plants that are always on my must-have list. There are just some plants that I couldn't live without. Take a walk with Mark as he wax poetic about some of the (botanical) loves of his life.
Master Gardener "Successful Gardening Clinic" – May 17, 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.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 22, 2008 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"Hardy Palms for North Carolina" presented by Gary Hollar, Gary's Nursery. Many people vacation in tropical paradises and marvel at the lush landscapes filled with beautiful palms. Despite this, palms are not commonly planted in our landscapes. If you've ever imagined having your own paradise, this lecture is for you. Join Gary Hollar as he discusses hardy palms for North Carolina gardeners. We'll learn which palms are the hardiest and how to grow them.
Propagation Workshop – May 31, 2008 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM – 10:00 AM-4:00 PM – $75.00 (members only)
Join Denny Werner in this hands-on workshop and learn how to propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Topics include a variety of asexual (cuttings, division, etc.) propagation methods. Participants will go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants (note: some plants will temporarily remain in our greenhouses under mist for proper rooting). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. Lunch is provided.
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.
One new video was added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in April and is now available for viewing. Two additional videos from April will be posted shortly. They include the following:
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