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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2009

In This Issue

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

May Calendar

Gala in the GardenGala in the Garden – May 3, 2009 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $60.00

The Gala in the Garden has become a harbinger of summer gardening. The gardening community gathers to enjoy the Arboretum, visit with friends, and bid on gardening gifts and one-of-a-kind plants donated from local nurseries. In addition to the silent auction, guests also will enjoy music from the Southern String Band and gourmet hors d'oeuvre, including a special dessert and coffee reception. The Gala is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year, with proceeds supporting its daily operations, plant collections, and all of its many fine programs.

The JC Raulston Arboretum is closed to the public on May 3.

Plantsmen's Tour – May 5, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Fabulous Flowers" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Take a tour of some of the very showiest of the mid-season spring bloomers on this tour. It'll be all about color, color, color as we look at the real show-stoppers of the season.

Guided Tours – May 10, 17, 24, and 31, 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).

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 21, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"The Genius of Charles Darwin: From Natural History to a New Biology" presented by William Kimler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, NC State University. Two thousand and nine is the bicentennial year of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of his Origin of Species. It is clear now that, as famously remarked, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." But Darwin began his work within an older tradition of natural history, collecting specimens and studying diversity, attracted to the beauty and the marvels of nature. He took typical delight in the Creator's wondrous designs for nature. Completely unexpectedly, as he developed new explanations for what he saw, Darwin created a new biology. His grand idea of evolution by natural selection became a unifying theory for a host of phenomena. Natural selection held a surprising power, able to create adapted, even wondrous structures and functions. Thus Darwin's accomplishment had much larger implications than simple descent of species. He displaced a way of thinking about design and the limits of natural explanation, and he opened new avenues of research. This talk will explore how Darwin came to pursue his interests, how he worked and thought, and what he had to do to create a new science.

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 and the Spring 2009 Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in April and are now available for viewing.

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