Despite the wintry and wet weather we've been experiencing, the Lath House reconstruction project is moving apace. While we won't tear down the actual structure until later in the spring, we've been busy digging and removing plants while they're dormant and won't mind the move so much. Several larger trees have been bare-rooted and relocated including the treasured Castanopsis cuspidata var. sieboldii 'Angyo Yellow' which has found a prominent spot in Asian Valley where its strikingly variegated foliage should attract much attention. A large variegated Acer caudatifolium has been limbed up to a single trunk and its yellow stems now echo the gold Cupressus macrocarpa 'Donard Gold' between the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and the Ruby McSwain Education Center. The smaller plants have in many cases been divided and potted up and some may very well find their way to our Annual Plant Distribution on October 2 so make sure you mark your calendar. A few very special things may even be available sooner at the JCRA Plant Sale on April 10 and 11. We hope all the moves will be successful and look forward to a new Lath House opening next fall. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Enjoy a photograph tour of March in the Arboretum. Redbuds and magnolias steal the show this month. Look for miniature tulips, dwarf iris, and miniature jonquilla daffodils in the Scree Garden and the rooftop gardens. Other March favorites including: forsythia, Japanese camellia, primrose, loropetalum, spirea, quince, and a multitude of spring bulbs.
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Cercis canadensis f. alba – white redbud
Magnolia ×loebneri 'Merrill' – Loebner magnolia
Magnolia 'Darrell Dean' – Gresham hybrid magnolia
Magnolia 'Jon Jon' – Gresham hybrid magnolia
Magnolia ×loebneri 'Leonard Messel' – Loebner magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' – star magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Chrysanthemiflora' – many-petalled star magnolia
Cercis canadensis subsp. mexicana – Mexican redbud
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana – winterhazel
Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon' – Mellow Yellow® golden Thunberg spirea
Gelsemium sempervirens 'Woodlanders Pale Yellow' – Carolina jessamine
Spiraea thunbergii 'Mount Fuji' – variegated Thunberg spirea
Scree Garden and the Rooftop Gardens
Iris reticulata 'Harmony' – netted iris
Nothoscordum sellowianum – false yellow crocus
Othonna cheirifolia – barbary ragwort
Pulsatilla cernua – pasque-flower
Tulipa 'Little Beauty' – tulip
Cercis glabra – smooth redbud
Malus yunnanensis – Yunnan crabapple
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Arnold Promise' –upright common witchhazel
Helleborus ×hybridus and cultivars – Lenten rose
Ipheion uniflorum – spring star flower
Other Areas the Arboretum
Cercis canadensis subsp. texensis 'Traveller' – weeping Texas redbud – W01 and E43a
Corylopsis glabrescens var. gotoana 'March Jewel' – dwarf fragrant winterhazel – C07
Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' – Cornelian cherry – E16
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' – gold-edged winter daphne – T04
Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis' – dwarf green-stem forsythia – E23
Leucojum aestivum – snowflake – E38, WG 4, and T10
Syringa oblata subsp. dilatata – Korean early lilac – E11
Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in March at the JCRA.
It's your garden. We invite you to visit often. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – March 4, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"A Limerick and Blarney and Meet in Kilkenny! An Irish Trip with Ted" presented by Ted Bilderback, Interim Director. Ted will present highlights from the International Plant Production Society's International Board trip throughout Ireland in September 2009. As the alternate delegate for the Southern Region IPPS, Ted will share pictures and stories about gardens, nurseries, and historical sites visited in Ireland.
Guided Tours – March 7, 14, and 21, and 28, 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 March-October. Tours are led by a dedicated group of volunteers and last approximately one hour (rain or shine).
Plantsmen's Tour – March 9, 2010 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free
"Magnolia Madness" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Magnolias have always been an important part of the JCRA collections and the early flowering forms are some of the most beautiful flowering plants to be found. This tour will focus on some of the most breathtaking of these incredible species and hybrids. We'll just hope there's no frost in the forecast.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – March 18, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"Big, Bold, and Bodacious—Creating a Lush,Tropical Feel in a Temperate Garden" presented by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. Learn how to use exotic-looking plants to create your own garden jungle. Despite average lows between 5°F and 10°F here in Raleigh, we can have a taste of the tropics in our own backyards.
Travel – March 20 and 21, 2010 (Sunday and Saturday) – Departs at 8:00 AM on Saturday and returns at 6:00 PM on Sunday – $150 per person based upon double occupancy, $200 per person based upon single occupancy
"A Weekend in the Tidewater Region" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Join Mark as he leads a trip back to his old stomping grounds in Virginia. Destinations include Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Brent & Becky's Bulbs, and Linda and Bill Pinkham's private garden.
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.
Watch for details about the new JCRA Plant Sale – "Plants to the Public" – April 10 and 11, 2010.
Please save the date for the JCRA's annual Gala in the Garden, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 3:00 PM.
Two new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in February.
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