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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

September 2009

In This Issue

A Japanese Rejuvenation

Japanese GardenThe implementation of the JCRA master plan just keeps rolling along as we begin to renovate the Japanese Garden. A generous donation by the Iota chapter of Pi Alpha Xi, the NC State University horticulture honor society, kicked things off by funding the opening of a new entrance into the Japanese Garden from Asian Valley. Another donation from an anonymous source is allowing us to move forward with plans for a handicap friendly garden with beautiful level stone pathways and benches for quiet contemplation.

The plans will keep the basic structure of the garden intact, but call for the removal of most of the boardwalk and installation of a dry waterfall and streambed to run under the existing spirit bridge. Part of the new stone path will be inside the Lath House creating new views and perspectives in this quiet garden. Some plants will be removed during renovation, but other special plants will remain in place including the rare Magnolia ernestii, the incredible low growing Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime', and the irreplaceable Lagerstroemia fauriei, one of the original crepe myrtle seedlings from Dr. Creech's 1956 trip to Japan. Keep an eye on this developing garden as it grows into maturity. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Coming Attractions—Highlights of September

Senna corymbosaKlein-Pringle White Garden
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

Scree and Xeric Gardens
Aster ericoides 'Schneegitter' – white heath aster
Camellia sinensis – tea
Chrysactinia mexicana – damianita
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii 'Big Momma' – Turk's cap
Phlomis maximowiczii

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Buddleja species and cultivars – butterfly bush – throughout the JCRA
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' – purple beautyberry – E23
Ceanothus ×delileanus 'Henri Desfossé'– French hybrid ceanothus
Heptacodium miconioides – seven-son's tree – Bed E42
Senna corymbosa – Argentine senna – Bed E10

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

September Calendar

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – September 3, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Plants from NZ (and A to M, too)" presented by Ted Bilderback, Interim Director, JCRA. From Cape Reinga at the tip of North Island to Bluff at the tip of South Island; Ted will share photographs and stories of plants, gardens, scenes, and other stuff from his January to July 2008 six-month sabbatical in New Zealand.

Guided Tours – September 6, 13, 16, 20, and 27, 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).

Plantsmen's Tour – September 8, 2009 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Roses and Relatives" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. The Rosaceae family is one of the largest of the plant families comprising not only roses, but apples, cherries, and spiraea. We'll look at some of the members of this family that are still going strong as we head into fall.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – September 17, 2009 – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Five Deer-Resistant and Drought-Hardy Gardens" presented by Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. Suburban and rural gardens can be devastated by our huge population of deer. But Frank has created five kinds of gardens that are growing well and free of deer damage. Deer can be like children who only like things with mild tastes—anything with strong flavors or fibrous textures are mostly ignored by deer. Frank will guide students using slides, stories and Q&A on how to plant gardens that the deer will pass by (woe be unto your neighbor). Attendees will learn how to choose a deer-free garden type for their property, what plants to choose, and how to maintain them.

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale– September 19 and 20, 2009 (Saturday and Sunday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, respectively

Come to purchase rare finds and drought-tolerant woodies, perennials, and annuals. Proceeds from the PAX plant sales are donated to local non-profit organizations to promote horticulture. For more information, contact a Pi Alpha Xi member at (919) 515-3178 or visit

Garden Conservancy's Open Days – September 19 and 20, 2009 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, respectively – $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 Phil Abbot and Jayme Bednarczyk, Jeff Bottoms and John Martin, Jim and Sharon Bright, Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar, David Philbrook and Helen Yoest, and Kathleen and Walt Thompson. Maps will be available on the JCRA Web site soon.

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 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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