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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

June 2009

In This Issue

Meet the JCRA Summer 2009 Interns

Summer 2009 Interns
Hunter Casey, rising senior in horticulture; David Hoffman, rising sophomore in horticulture; Allison Cochrane, rising senior in horticulture; and Ryan Kluba, second year ornamental and turf student in the Agricultural Institute

The 2009 interns are an energetic group of enthusiastic young horticulture professionals. All of them are familiar with horticulture. Casey Nursery in Goldsboro is Hunter Casey's family business. David Hoffman grew up at Hoffman's Nursery at Bahama, just north of Durham. Allison Cochrane has worked at several floral shops including, the Blossom Shop in Cary, Osiana Floral Arts in Cary, and previously Marline's Creative Ideas in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, while working on a degree in horticulture. Ryan Kluba worked at Cary Garden Supply, Panoramic Landscapes, and recently started his own landscape business, "Creative Earthscapes," a year ago. Thanks so much to the gift contributors for internships this year. You have a great group! I hope you have a chance to work or talk with them some day in the Arboretum. – Ted Bilderback, Interim Director

Gala in the "Enchanted" Garden a Huge Success!

Thanks to the more than 500 guest attending, the Gala was a great success! The silent auction netted more than $30,000 and sponsorships were nearly $50,000! Proceeds from the Gala go directly to support the daily operations of the Arboretum—helping to indeed make this an "Enchanted" garden! Read the wrap-up and view photographs of this wonderful day on our Web site.

Seasonal Celebrations

The 2008 Summer Solstice Celebration parties were a huge success and great fun. This year, the parties will be called Seasonal Celebrations to allow friends to host their parties any time during the year. If you would like to be part of this fund-raising event and show your support for the Arboretum, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or – Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator

Coming Attractions—Highlights of June

Berberis gilgianaKlein-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

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

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

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Buddleja 'Lochinch' – Lochinch Castle butterfly-bush – F02 and E39
Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma' – panicled hydrangea – Su7
Koelreuteria paniculata 'Beachmaster' – dwarf golden raintree – E23 and W07
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' – southern magnolia – E19b and E44b
Poliothyrsis sinensis – pearl-bloom tree – W12 and E48

Visit the new feature on the JCRA Web site, Showtimes, for more plants in flower – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

June Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – June 4, 2009 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members (JCRA and Triangle Bonsai Society), $5.00 for nonmembers

"Bonsai—Art Expressed in Nature" presented by Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society. The bonsai artist uses many techniques to create a bonsai that evokes feelings and inspiration in the viewer that paint artist use. These concepts will be illustrated with photos of bonsai ranging from those with a peaceful beauty to the rugged survivors of harsh living conditions.

Triangle Bonsai Expo – June 4, 6, and 7, 2009 (Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday) – Show is free and FOA Lecture is free for JCRA and TBS members, $5.00 for nonmembers.

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.

Activities Schedule

June 4
7:30 PM – Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society – "Bonsai—Art Expressed in Nature"

June 6
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Show
1:00 PM – Demonstration
3:00 PM – Demonstration

June 7
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Show
1:00 PM – Demonstration
3:00 PM – Demonstration

Plantsmen's Tour – June 9, 2009 (Tuesday) – 9:00 AM – Free

"A Few of My Not-so-favorite Things" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Tour regulars know my favorites number in the hundreds (thousands?) but whose counting. Contrary to popular belief, I have met a plant that I didn't like and this tour will let the secret out. Might be the shortest tour on record.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – June 11, 2009 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Darwin and the Beagle: Voyage of Discovery" presented by Janice Swab, Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, Meredith College. Originally planned to last two years, the second survey expedition of the HMS Beagle lasted nearly five years. During this time, Charles Darwin spent over three years exploring on land. Join Janice as she takes us on a whirlwind tour of each place Darwin visited between December 1831 and October 1836.

Guided Tours – June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2009 (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).

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 May 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 need to know the password that was printed on the label of the 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. If you receive the JCRA e-Updates via e-mail, the end of the e-mail is after Chris's signature line, not at the bottom of the e-Update itself. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."

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