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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

April 2010

In This Issue

First Annual JCRA Benefit Plant Sale

Excitement is already running high for the JCRA's first annual plant sale April 10 and 11 where all proceeds will benefit the JCRA and its operations. We've had tremendous response from nurserymen across the state and even beyond our borders. The selection of plants is going to be great with a variety of rare, unusual, and/or dwarf conifers, a great selection of hybrid tea, floribunda, and shrub roses, maples, a host of flowering shrubs, perennials, and a whole lot more.

A few that are sure to go fast include the brand new native grass Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'.  This is one of the hottest new plants around with a compact, neat habit, foliage that turns deep red beginning in late summer, and wine-red flowering spikes. Supposed to be much improved over 'Shenandoah'. Not nearly so new, but always a crowd pleaser is Harry Lauder's walking stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta').  Its wildly twisted branches make it a conversation piece four months of the year. Every garden should have one. Maples have always played an important role at the JCRA and while we will have a good selection of our beloved Japanese maples, the Shantung maple (Acer truncatum) is a species maple that we feel should be more widely grown. This small to medium sized tree is tough as nails, has beautiful foliage all summer long, and ends the season with a burst of autumnal color. For a regularly updated plant sale list, go to our Web site and click on the plant sale button. Keep in mind, some of these plants will only be available in limited quantities. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Coming Attractions—Highlights of April

Cornus florida subsp. urbinianaEnjoy a photograph tour of April in the Arboretum. The nationally recognized Redbud Collection will be in full flower this month. Throughout the garden, also watch for dogwoods, wisterias, mock-oranges, lilacs, peaches, styrax, viburnums, azaleas, iris, spring bulbs, and more. Here are a few of our favorites:

Mixed Border
Beschorneria septentrionalis – false red agave – E36
Cercis canadensis subsp. mexicana – Mexican redbud – E33 and W09
Cornus florida 'Suwanee Squat' – dogwood – E38
Fothergilla gardenii – dwarf fothergilla – E35
Illicium 'Woodland Ruby' – pink anise – E37

Model Gardens
Aesculus ×carnea 'Rosea' – red horsechestnut – T08
Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana – Mexican flowering dogwood – Townhouse Garden
Gelsemium sempervirens 'Woodlanders Pale Yellow' – Carolina jessamine – Butterfly Garden
Loropetalum chinense var. chinense – white Chinese fringe-flower – Butterfly Garden

Scree Garden
Armeria cinerea – thrift
Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' – spring star flower
Magnolia 'Coral Lake' – Leach hybrid magnolia
Phlox nivalis 'Camla' – trailing phlox
Pulsatilla cernua – pasque-flower
Yucca torreyi – Torrey yucca

Southall Garden
Prunus 'Spire'– Hillier columnar flowering cherry – S10
Viburnum 'Chesapeake' – Egolf hybrid viburnum – S09

Viburnum Collection
Viburnum 'Conoy' – Egolf hybrid viburnum – E14
Viburnum obovatum 'St. Paul' – Walter's viburnum – E14

White Garden
Camellia japonica 'Alba Supreme' – white Japanese camellia
Cercis canadensis 'Royal White' – white eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis f. alba – white redbud
Illicium floridanum f. album – white Florida anise
Prunus 'Snofozam' – Snow Fountains® flowering cherry
Syringa 'Betsy Ross' – hybrid lilac
Viburnum ×burkwoodii 'Mohawk' – Egolf hybrid Burkwood viburnum
Viburnum ×carlcephalum 'Cayuga' – Egolf hybrid fragrant viburnum

Winter Garden
Helleborus ×hybridus (Ashwood Garden hybrids) – Lenten rose – E19
Ipheion uniflorum – spring star flower – E19, E21
Prunus incisa 'Snowcloud'– white Fuji cherry – E21

Xeric Garden
Kerria japonica 'Chiba Gold' – gold-leaf Japanese kerria
Penstemon triflorus – Heller's beardtongue
Philadelphus – unknown species
Styphnolobium affine – Eve's necklace-pod
Ungnadia speciosa – Mexican buckeye
Yucca treculeana – Don Quixote's lance

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Cercis canadensis'Tennessee Pink' – eastern redbud – W60 & P01
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana – fragrant winterhazel – E40
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum (compact) – V03
Sinojackia xylocarpa 'La Grima' – columnar Chinese jacktree – D03
Syringa oblata [Alba Group] 'Frank Meyer' – white early lilac – E11

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in April at the JCRA.

It's your garden. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

April Calendar

Open Day at the Joslin Garden – April 3, 2010 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-4:00 PM – Free

Please join William and Mary Coker Joslin as they celebrate spring. The Joslins are inviting all to enjoy their delightful garden, which is situated on over four acres in the heart of Raleigh. Visitors can explore the garden's distinct areas by following informal paths that connect a collection of camellias, an arboretum of unusual trees, a native woodland, and a formal patio garden. Naturalistic groupings of special native, cultivated, and exotic plants include some rare specimens.

Guided Tours – April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2010 (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 April-October. Tours are led by a dedicated group of volunteers and last approximately one hour (rain or shine).

Plantsmen's Tour – April 6, 2010 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Mesmerizing Maples" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Maples are so important to our collections that the Japanese maple leaf is the JCRA logo. With over 150 different maples growing on our grounds, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our accessions. This tour will focus on the variation found within this group from small to large, evergreen to deciduous.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture (Part of the News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum) – April 8, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free

"Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats" presented by Helen Yoest, Gardening With Confidence . Food, water, cover, and places to raise our young. Sound familiar? The needs for a human family are the same for the wildlife raising their families. It is simple to do and richly rewarding. Engaging children in this activity also teaches and aids our next generation of gardeners.

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale – April 10-11, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday) – 9:00 AM-6:00 PM and 12:00 PM-6:00 PM, respectively

Ready for spring planting? We are, and we've got new releases, sparkling grasses, and shrubs to die for! Our generous friends in the nursery industry have donated premium plants for the Arboretum's first annual spring sale in conjunction with the annual N&O Birdhouse Competition weekend. This is the first such sale we have had here for which all proceeds will benefit the JCRA. Come see what we have to offer and get a jump on your spring planting! JCRA members get a 10% discount! If you are not a member, what a great time to join.

Note: A plant list is included in the event's announcement on the JCRA's Web site.

News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum – April 10-11, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday) – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, respectively – Free

It's that time of year again! The great News & Observer Birdhouse Competition returns to the JC Raulston Arboretum with events scheduled April 10 through 11. If making birdhouses is not your thing, then looking at them should be. The creations range from barrels of laughs to studies in craftsmanship and beauty. Pack up the whole brood and join the fun.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 15, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Beyond Robust Records: Reaping the Rewards of an Accurate and Dynamic Database" presented by Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator. We have derived huge benefits from having an integrated database system that contains accurate information about both our plant and photograph collections. In this lecture, Chris is going to present a behind the scenes look at how we utilize this data to better educate our real and virtual visitors. Some of the uses presented in the lecture will include our Web site (Current Plantings, Now Showing, Showtimes, etc.), Plant Finder kiosk, engraved labels, among many others.

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale – April 17 and 18, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday) – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

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

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – April 22, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members (JCRA and TBS, $5.00 for nonmembers

Presented by the Triangle Bonsai Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

"Bonsai with Native Plants" presented by Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society. Why do bonsaists in Japan use Japanese black pine, Japanese maple, Japanese white pine, etc.? Obviously these varieties are native to Japan. What about using U.S. plant varieties? We'll explore the use of native material for bonsai.

Triangle Bonsai Expo – April 22, 24, and 25, 2010 (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

April 22
7:30 PM – Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society – "Bonsai with Native Plants"

June 24
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Show
1:00 PM – Demonstration
3:00 PM – Demonstration

June 25
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Show
1:00 PM – Demonstration
3:00 PM – Demonstration

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


Gala in the GardenPlease save the date for the JCRA's annual Gala in the Garden, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM.

Recent Members Only Additions

Two new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in March.

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."

Perspectives Online: The Magazine of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The latest spring posting is now online from the CALS Perspectives between-issues Web site.  Of special interest to JCRA friends is the posting regarding our new chancellor, Randy Woodson, and the one featuring our own Bobby Ward, Ph.D., and his book on the late J. C. Raulston, Ph.D.  Plus, lots more exciting news and information on what is happening in the College.

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