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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

September 2008

In This Issue

Upcoming Programs

With the start of the fall season quickly approaching, it must be time for the Arboretum's FOA Lecture series to begin again. We've got a great lineup of speakers and topics and we're looking forward to beginning it all with a unique FOA Lecture presented by our very own Denny Werner. Denny's presentation is in the style of a state of the Arboretum address followed with a question and suggestion period. In additional, we've scheduled many Plantsmen's Tours, a workshop (more to come), and several annual events for the fall 2008 and winter and spring 2009 seasons. The soon to be published Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter will include a listing of all our upcoming programs, but you can get a sneak peek now. Be sure to add all the dates to your calendar so you don't miss a single one of them. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

JC Raulston Arboretum Symposium

Quercus alba"Surround Yourself with Shady Characters"
September 26-28, 2008 (Friday-Sunday)

From the founding of the JC Raulston Arboretum as the NCSU Arboretum in 1976, lectures by renowned speakers have been a major part of the Arboretum's focus. And symposia, sponsored from time to time, have been an additional opportunity for in depth study. "Surround Yourself with Shady Characters" takes us back to the basics of the Arboretum's mission with a significant focus on woodlands and trees and the great habitat diversity they provide us. In this symposium, prominent speakers from the United States, Canada, and England will enlighten us with lectures on woodland flora, conifers and broad-leaf evergreens, new tree introductions, plant hunting for new species, and on-going research to provide new and improved selections of well-known trees. An historical account of America's ancient forests from the Ice Age until European discovery of North America will also be presented.

We've scheduled two exciting tours for those attending the symposium. Mark Weathington will lead a limited number of symposium guests on an Arboretum tour highlighting some of his favorite and the Arboretum's favorite trees on Saturday afternoon. Then, on Sunday morning, we'll visit Keith Arboretum in Chapel Hill. Charlie Keith, Ph.D., the arboretum's cofounder, will lead guests on a private tour of the 22-acre collection. Approximately 5,000 different taxa comprise his collection of trees and shrubs from around the world. The arboretum, founded in the early 1980s, along with his surrounding property, has been conserved for future generations to enjoy. Each tour is limited to 30 people and transportation is provided to Keith Arboretum from the JCRA. Openings remain in both tours.

This is a rare opportunity to further the Arboretum's mission and our own personal relationship to trees and woodlands – perhaps the ultimate of secret gardens. For complete details, please read the symposium's announcement or download the brochure. Registration is open and is limited. – Bobby J. Ward, JCRA Volunteer, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Coming Attractions – Highlights of September

Lagerstroemia indicaKlein-Pringle White Garden
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster
Kalimeris pinnatifida – false aster
Lespedeza thunbergii 'White Fountain' – white bush clover
Phlox paniculata ‘David’– garden phlox
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®
Sedum 'Ruby Glow' – garden stonecrop
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' - toad-lily

Mixed Border
Abelia parvifolia – Schumann abelia
Rhododendron Autumn Cheer™ – Encore azalea®
Rhodophiala bifida – oxblood-lily
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' – garden stonecrop

Model Gardens
Aster divaricatus – white wood aster – Butterfly Garden
Hedychium coccineum – red ginger-lily – Paradise Garden
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' – rough-leaf goldenrod – Butterfly garden

Perennial Border
Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' – aromatic aster
Aster tataricus – Tatarian aster
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence Pink) – garden chrysanthemum
Eupatorium greggi – Texas ageratum
Helianthus salicifolius – willowleaf sunflower
Lilium formosanum – Formosa lily
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' – compact Mexican bush sage

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly bush – throughout the JCRA
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' – purple beautyberry – E23
Heptacodium miconioides – seven-son's tree – Bed E42
Senna corymbosa – Argentine senna – Bed E10
Vitex agnus-castus 'Fletcher Pink' – E49

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

September Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – September 4, 2008 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Ask the Director" presented by Denny Werner, Ph.D., Director. Denny Werner will summarize the current status of the JC Raulston Arboretum, including mission and goals, collections, infrastructure, budget and fundraising, staff, advisory board composition, plant introductions, etc. Following a summary of these topics by the director, members will be invited to ask questions and provide suggestions and feedback related to any aspect of the Arboretum.

Guided Tours – September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 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 – September 9, 2008 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Shady Characters" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Get in the mood for JCRA's symposium "Surround Yourself with Shady Characters" with a look at some of our biggest specimens. These shade trees will keep your garden cool while adding character to the landscape.

Note the new time. Plantsmen's Tours return to their regularly scheduled time in September.

Triangle Bonsai Expo – September 13, 2008 (Saturday) – 12:00 PM-5:00 PM – Free

Come out and see some great bonsai, as well as some trees still in training, all created by artists who live right here in the Triangle. Club members will be available to answer questions throughout the show. Demonstrations will be held at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, and present a great opportunity to see what goes in to creating one of these beautiful trees.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days – September 20, 2008 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and September 21, 2008 (Sunday) – 12:00 PM-5:00 PM – $5.00 per person per garden, discount ticket book also available for $25.00

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days comes to Raleigh in September and features six private gardens of Frank and Judy Harmon, Ted and Karen Harris, Jean and Lawrence Shuping, Jere Stevens, Peggy Titus, and Denny and Georgina Werner. Maps will be available on the JCRA Web site soon.

JC Raulston Arboretum Symposium – September 26-28, 2008 (Friday-Sunday) – $175.00 for members, $215.00 for nonmembers


Thomas Bonnicksen, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
"Adapting to Climate Change: Using the Past to Guide the Future"

William Cullina – Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
"Woodland Wonders"

Dave Demers – Horticulturist and Plant Explorer, Vancouver, British Columbia
"Verdant Hills and Thunder Dragon – Exploring the Eastern Himalayas"

John Grimshaw, D.Phil. – Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens, Sycamore Cottage, Colesbourne, England
"New Trees – Recent Introductions to Cultivation"

Sean B. Hogan – Co-owner, Cistus Nursery, Suavie Island, Oregon
"Broadleaved Evergreens for Temperate Climates"

Richard T. Olsen, Ph.D. – Research Geneticist, The United States National Arboretum, Washington, D. C.
"Planting the 21st Century Urban Forest"

Larry Stanley – President, Stanley and Sons Nursery, Boring, Oregon
"The Miniature World of Conifers"

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

Recent Members Only Additions

One new video was added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in August and is now available for viewing.

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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