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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

February 2010

In This Issue

A Weekend in the Tidewater Region

March 20–21, 2010

Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, has planned an exciting trip to the Tidewater region of Virginia for March 20 and 21. He'll serve as our host as we visit Norfolk Botanical Garden; Tidewater Arboretum (located at Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center); Brent and Becky's Bulbs; and Linda and Bill Pinkham's private garden in Carrollton, Virginia. We've arranged tours at each location and Becky will present a bulb program during our visit there. We hope you'll join us on this weekend trip.

Cost: $150 per person (double occupancy) and $200 per person (single occupancy). The rate includes hotel accommodations for one night, comfortable motorcoach throughout, entrance fees, breakfast on Sunday, and all taxes. Assistance will be provided for those looking for a traveling partner for the double occupancy rate. Registration begins on February 10, 2010. For additional information or to register, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or Chris is on leave from January 28 through February 9 so he will not be able to return your call or e-mail until February 10.

We're also planning a trip to Vancouver in fall 2010 so keep your fall travel calendar free. – Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Coming Attractions—Highlights of February

Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama'This month look for A Walk in the Winter Garden and Japanese Flowering Apricots self-guided tours at the JCRA

Winter Garden
Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi' – morning sun cast iron plant
Cornus sanguinea cultivars – bloodtwig dogwood
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick
Edgeworthia chrysantha – golden paperbush
Edgeworthia papyrifera 'Eco Yaku' – Japanese paperbush
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Iris unguicularis – winter flowering iris
Ilex cornuta 'Sunrise' - golden Chinese holly
Mahonia japonica – mahonia
Mahonia napaulensis 'Maharajah' – mahonia
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange

Mixed Border
Cupressus arizonica 'Limelight' – yellow Arizona cypress
Daphniphyllum macropodum – courtesy-leaf
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' – variegated Himalayan pine

Visitor and McSwain Education Center Gardens
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' – weeping river birch – C07
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' – Colorado blue spruce – Su7
Salix 'Flame' – red-stem willow – Su7
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Pink Magic' – Doorenbos coralberry – V06

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa' and 'Sango kaku' – coral-bark Japanese maple – E00 and E20
Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy' – Ackerman hybrid camellia – L08
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet – E15
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' – gold-edged winter daphne – T04
Erica ×darleyensis 'Furzey' – Darley heath – F04, E38w, and Sc6
Nandina domestica and cultivars – heavenly bamboo – E16
Prunus mume cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot – E19, E21, and more
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40

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

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

February Calendar

Plantsmen's Tour – February 2, 2010 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Beautiful, Bountiful Bulb" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Why wait for spring when bulbs get the flower show started in mid-winter? This tour will focus on old favorites such as daffodils as well as some of the more unusual bulbous plants that appear during the coldest days of winter.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture (part of A Walk in the Winter Garden) – February 7, 2010 (Sunday) – 1:00 PM – Free

"Creating a Camellia Landscape" presented by Matt Hunter, Vice President, American Camellia Society. Camellias, a favorite of Southern gardeners, are best known for their attractive flowers that appear when not much else is in flower in the garden. Discover the advantages and methods of landscaping with the many species and thousands of varieties of camellias available in North Carolina. Matt will share his knowledge and experience in the maintenance and use camellias and will answer your camellia questions.

A Walk in the Winter Garden – February 7, 2010 (Thursday) – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM – Free

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for A Walk in the Winter Garden as we celebrate the winter season. Activities begin at 1:00 PM with a Friends of the Arboretum Lecture titled "Creating a Camellia Landscape" presented by Matt Hunter, American Camellia Society. Tours are scheduled for 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, and immediately after the FOA Lecture concludes. The tours will highlight many of the Arboretum's magnificent plants at their peak during the winter months including Japanese flowering apricots, witchhazels, hellebores, conifers, hollies, winter honeysuckles, camellias, and many others. Self-guided tour brochures will be made available at the Arboretum throughout February for those unable to attend the guided tours.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – February 18, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"From Nature to Nursery: What It Takes to Tame a Wild Plant" presented by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Getting new plants into the nursery trade is what the JC Raulston Arboretum is all about. What does it take to collect wild plants and move them into the landscape? Find out some of the challenges and successes encountered by the Arboretum in plant collecting.

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 were added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in January and are 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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