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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

November 2009

In This Issue


Members and Volunteers Forum

November 2, 2009 (Monday)
7:00 PM

This is your opportunity to discuss issues and ideas that will enhance the JCRA! This forum's topic is JCRA membership and development.

Join us in the York Auditorium in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center to share your ideas. Please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or for details.

We are pleased to offer our JCRA members the current online magazine featuring exciting news from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, including several articles that feature the JC Raulston Arboretum. Check out the latest postings to the Fall '09 edition of Perspectives Latest News, the between-issues site of Perspectives magazine. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

New, Exciting Benefits for JCRA Members

The JCRA has joined the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program. This fabulous program confers to JCRA members benefits at other participating gardens around the country. Beginning in November, a current JCRA membership card grants free admission to many important gardens, including Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The JCRA is pleased to join over 200 organizations participating in this program. Please visit the program's Web site for more details. – Judy Morgan-Davis, Membership Assistant

Connoisseur Plants Program       

Connoisseur Plants are rare new plants or hard to find old favorites, and they are part of the annual appeal and membership drive to benefit the Arboretum's many fine programs and its day-to-day operational expenses. These wonderful plants are sent to those who join the JCRA at the Sponsor, Patron, Founder, Benefactor, or Philanthropist levels. Please consider joining at one of these levels, or if you have already renewed your JCRA membership this year, you may increase your gift to one of these levels to receive the Connoisseur Plants!

Sponsor ($250) – 2 Connoisseur Plants

Patron ($500) – 5 Connoisseur Plants

Founder ($1,000) – 8 Connoisseur Plants

Benefactor ($2,500) – 12 Connoisseur Plants

Philanthropist ($5,000) – 18 Connoisseur Plants

Membership gifts must be receive by November 30, 2009 to be eligible for Connoisseur Plants distributed in 2010. – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Gift Memberships

gift membershipNeed a great gift? This one is all wrapped up and ready to give. And, it keeps on giving all year long!

$40 for an Individual membership
$60 for a Family/Dual membership

Memberships do make a difference!

Holiday Special

Receive $5 off each membership when you purchase five or more memberships. Gift wrapped memberships are available at the Arboretum.  All other gift memberships may be purchased and a gift card will be mailed to recipient.

Hint... JCRA T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats also make great gifts!

For more information, contact Anne Porter or Judy Morgan-Davis at (919) 513-3826,, or – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions—Highlights of November

Nyssa sylvatica 'Dirr'Klein-Pringle White Garden
Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group – red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Fatsia japonica – Japanese fatsia
Lindera glauca – silver spicebush

Lath House
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' – leopard plant
Rhododendron 'Conled' (Autumn Coral™) – Encore Azalea®
Rhododendron 'Conlec' (Autumn Royalty™) – Encore Azalea®

Mixed Border
Fothergilla major 'Beaver Creek' – mountain witch-alder
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena' – copper-flowered witchhazel
Lagerstroemia chekiangensis – Zhejiang crepe myrtle
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

Perennial Border
Aster oblongifolius – aromatic aster
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence Pink) – garden chrysanthemum
Muhlenbergia capillaris – hairy-awn muhly grass

Scree Garden
Salvia greggi culltivars – autumn sage

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' – purple-leaf Japanese maple – E43b
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai' – purple beautyberry – E23, V03
Camellia 'Carolina Moonmist' – Cochran hybrid camellia
Chimonanthus nitens – evergreen wintersweet
Diospyros kaki
– Japanese persimmon – S05
Ginkgo biloba 'Tschi Tschi' – maidenhair tree – W20
Nyssa sylvatica 'Dirr' – black gum – F02
Pseudolarix amabilis – golden larch – E50

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in November at the JCRA. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

November Calendar

Plantsmen's Tour – November 10, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Fall Flowers" led by Tim Alderton, Research Technician. Fall color is an important part of the garden experience. While most attention is given to colorful foliage at this time of the year, many plants are flowering too. Join us for a tour of some fall's flowering plants that will add some zest to the autumn garden.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – November 19, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"The Flora of China: An International Project to Describe China's 31,500 Plant Species in 50 Volumes and 25 Years" presented by Nicholas Turland, Co-director, Flora of China Project, Missouri Botanical Garden. Nick Turland, co-director of the Flora of China Project, will give a concise description of this huge international collaboration between Chinese and non-Chinese botanists to catalog the estimated 31,500 species of wild plants in China. The project began in 1988 and now has a 21-member Editorial Committee and 11 partner institutions: four in China and seven in the West, coordinated by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Institute of Botany, Beijing. The Flora itself is being written in English by some 480 authors from 30 countries and will comprise 24 volumes of text and 24 accompanying volumes of illustrations (line drawings), plus an introductory volume and a more general-interest book on Plants of China. The Flora will be completed in 2013, and so far 17 volumes of text and 15 volumes of illustrations have been published, describing in detail 22,000 species and illustrating more than 12,000. There is also a Web site for the project and an electronic version of the Flora, where all this published information is freely available online.

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 October 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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