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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

June 2010

In This Issue

JC Raulston 2010 Summer Group

The JCRA Summer Student Interns are on the job; or some of them are! We have four Summer Interns and a very enthusiastic volunteer. Robert Nichols is a senior in the Department of Horticultural Science with an agricultural business management minor and is finishing a minor in political science this fall. Colin McCarty is a recreation, park and tourism sciences major at NC State. Rebecca Pledger just completed a horticultural science degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and will begin a Master's program focused on the JC Raulston Arboretum in the Department of Horticultural Science. Rebecca will join the intern group June 1. Katie Perry is a Raleigh native but is an environmental sciences major at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and will join the interns the week of June 7. We also have Heather Ridlon, a plant biology and plant pathology major working as a volunteer to complete a project requirement in her curriculum. Heather will be alongside the interns until mid-June. The next e-Update will include an action picture when we get them all in the same place. Any and all contributions to the JCRA Internship Fund are very appreciated. – Ted Bilderback, Interim Director

Browse and Buy

The Browse and Buy book-sale program benefits the volunteers by supporting their various activities at the Arboretum.  If you have either gardening or landscape books that you no longer want, you can donate them.  They can be dropped off at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center.  If you would like a donation slip from the University, there is a form you can fill in.  Just remember to sign and record the donation amount.  Books should be hard cover with an ISBN number. – Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator

The Lath House Is Coming Down!

Lath House renovationAfter several months of waiting, we've finally received approval from the state of North Carolina to tear down the old Lath House and we've wasted no time in bringing out the sledgehammers, saws, and crowbars. The many hours spent over the winter and spring transplanting the residents has paid off, and while there were a few items that did not survive the move, most seem to be settling into their new locations with few problems. Look especially in Asian Valley, the newly renovated Japanese Garden, Plantsmen's Woods, and the East Arboretum for most of the evicted Lath House tenants. Other plants will certainly show up in the Friends of the Arboretum giveaway the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendar now because you won’t want to miss it.

While I always say garden construction is an oxymoron, we are looking forward to beginning the construction this summer of the new and improved Lath House. This new structure will be quite a bit sturdier and much more aesthetically pleasing while still providing an optimum environment for the establishment of new plants arriving at the JCRA. The pitched roof will echo the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and bring you from the wide open Ellipse (slated for 2011) to the tranquil Japanese Garden.

The nursery is already stocked with plants to move into the newly renovated beds, and we look forward to getting some of these extra special items out on display. Come out regularly to watch the progress as we finish tearing down and get started building back up. Plans call for completion no later than October, just in time for planting season. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Coming Attractions—Highlights of June

Cornus macrophyllaHydrangeas, dahlias, and lilies are in their full glory this month throughout the Arboretum.

Asian Valley
Cornus elliptica 'First Choice'– evergreen flowering dogwood
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Masja' – French hydrangea
Rehmannia chingii – rehmannia

Geophyte Border
Crinum species and cultivars
Dahlia cultivars

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Albizia coreana – Korean mimosa
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alison' – oakleaf hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' – mophead smooth hydrangea
Lagestroemia 'Natchez' – U.S. National Arboretum hybrid crepe myrtle

Magnolia Collection
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' – southern magnolia

Mixed Border
Gardenia augusta – Cape jessamine
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Billows' – French hydrangea

Other Areas of the Arboretum
Buddleja 'Lochinch'– Lochinch Castle butterfly-bush – F02 and E39
Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma' – panicled hydrangea – Su7
Koelreuteria paniculata 'Beachmaster' – dwarf golden raintree – E23 and W07
Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy'– Japanese crepe myrtle – F02
Poliothyrsis sinensis – pearl-bloom tree – W12 and E48

Perennial Border
Asclepias tuberosa subsp. tuberosa – butterfly weed
Canna 'Panache' – canna lily
Echinacea purpurea 'Stewarts Pink' – eastern coneflower
Lilium 'Enchantment' – hybrid lily
Monarda 'Jacob Cline' – bee balm
Rudbeckia maxima – great coneflower
Verbascum chaixii – nettle-leaved mullein

Rooftop Gardens
Agave salmiana – pulque agave
Cestrum parqui – willow-leaved jessamine
Hesperaloe campanulata – bell flower hesperaloe

Scree Garden and Xeric Garden
Agave striata var. striata – needle agave
Callistemon 'Woodlander's Red' – hardy bottlebrush
Hesperaloe parviflora – red yucca
Salvia chamaedryoides – blue oak sage
Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer', 'Diane', 'Lipstick', 'Teresa', and 'Flame' – autumn sage

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

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

June Calendar

Guided Tours – June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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 – June 8, 2010 – 9:00 AM – Free

"Noah's Ark" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. This tour's just for fun as we look at plants with animal names. Who knows what we'll find: elephant's ears, lion's manes, spider azaleas, maybe even a green dragon. Cheaper than an African safari with no risk of sleeping sickness. What more could you want?

Propagation Workshop – June 26, 2010 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM – $80.00 (members only – limited to 15 participants)

Join Mark Weathington and Chris Glenn in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Participants will go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels.

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

Recent Members Only Additions

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

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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