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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

May 2010

In This Issue

Plants in Wonderland

We've pulled out all the stops for the botanical items in this year's Gala and some of the plants are sure to help transform your garden into a wonderland.  As always, Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) lead the pack.  Many of these maples are so new, there's virtually no other place to find them.  'Seiun Kaku', a brand new, vigorous form of the incredible 'Mikawa Yatsubusa' has congested growth of small, overlapping leaves like shingles on a pagoda.  Almost completely unavailable in the United States yet is 'Summer Gold' with its bright foliage all season long.  As a perfect complement is another maple Acer rufinerve 'Winter Gold' which not only forms an elegant small tree in summer, but electrifies the winter landscape with its brilliant amber-gold stems.  Other rare and choice maples include A. davidii 'Dawn Rainbow', A. pictum 'Usugumo' and, A. ×conspicuum 'Phoenix'.

Maples aren't the only choice items in the auction though; witchhazels, hostas, ferns, and flowering trees and shrubs are all represented in this year's selection.   This year in particular there is a wide array of dwarf and rare conifers that should make any cone-head drool.  The diminutive Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' is a cute little bun while Picea pungens 'Spring Blast' is electric with brilliant gold new growth.  Over a dozen rare conifers are included in the auction from small plants perfect for a rock garden or trough to large, landscape ready specimens that will make an instant impact. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Gala in the Garden

Don't be late for a very important date.... Gala in the Garden logoOnly seven days until the Gala in Wonderland. Register today!

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

Please join us for a "Gala in Wonderland"—JCRA's main fund-raising event of the year!

Escape to Wonderland for an afternoon of magical delights and merriment. Stroll around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling botanical and non-botanical silent auction items.

The Gala is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Wonderland of gardens and entertain family, friends, and business associates, all while sipping on a cool drink and sampling gourmet treats. It is sure to be an afternoon of whimsy and great fun to delight the senses; a Raleigh garden party like no other! – Anne Porter, Director of Development

Coming Attractions—Highlights of May

Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' (Invincibelle™ Spirit)Klein-Pringle White Garden
'Venus' – hybrid sweetshrub
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alison' – oakleaf hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' – mophead smooth hydrangea
Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda' – Japanese snowbell
Styrax japonicus 'Crystal' – Japanese snowbell

Model Gardens
Acca sellowiana 'NCSU Hardy'– pineapple guava
Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screaming Yellow – yellow wild-indigo
Aesculus californica 'Canyon Pink' – pink California buckeye

Mixed Border
Abelia mosanensis – Mangsan abelia
Amsonia hubrichtii – Ozark blue-star
Beschorneria septentrionalis – false red agave
Lonicera 'Mandarin' – orange honeysuckle
Phlomis fruticosa – Jerusalem sage
Viburnum nudum – possumhaw viburnum

Perennial Border
Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'western mugwort
Phlomis fruticosa
– Jerusalem sage
Salvia microphylla
var. neurepia – baby sage

Scree Garden
Berlandiera subacaulis – Florida greeneyes
Chrysactinia mexicana – damianita
Phlomis compacta – compact Jerusalem sage
Phlox bifida 'Betty Blake' – sand phlox
Salvia chamaedryoides – blue oak sage
Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer', 'Diane', and more! – autumn sage
Sisyrinchium palmifolium – yellow-eyed grass
Yucca rupicola – twisted leaf soapwort

West Arboretum
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' – purple wild-indigo – W12
Baptisia sulphurea – pale yellow wild-indigo – W12
Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' – pink American yellowwood – W10

Xeric Garden
Camassia quamash subsp. quamash – common camas lily
Hesperaloe parviflora – red yucca
Opuntia ×alta– tall prickly-pear
Yucca flaccida – weak-leaf yucca

Other Areas
Agave salmiana – pulque agave – Rooftop Gardens
Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' – Raulston Allspice

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

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

May Calendar

Gala in the Garden – May 2, 2010 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM – $60.00 ($20.00 is tax deductible)

Escape to Wonderland for an afternoon of magical delights and merriment. Stroll around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling botanical and non-botanical silent auction items.

Guided Tours – May 9, 16, 23, and 30, 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 – May 11, 2010 – 1:00 PM – Free

"Crossing the Border: Botanizing Below Texas" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Mexico holds a wealth of plant material that is surprisingly well adapted for the piedmont of North Carolina and the JCRA has always been interested in these wonderful plants. From trees and shrubs to agaves and herbaceous perennials we'll explore the diversity of our southern neighbor.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – May 20, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers

"Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: How Raleigh, North Carolina, Nurtured a Friend and Gardener" presented by Emily Herring Wilson, Author. Based on a new collection of letters written mostly in the 1930s and 40s in Raleigh from Elizabeth Lawrence to her friend and mentor, Ann Preston Bridgers. Elizabeth Lawrence's biographer and editor, Emily Herring Wilson, will weave together Elizabeth's images of life on Hillsborough Street and her reflections of struggles and successes to show how she became our quintessential gardener and best garden writer. Lively, anecdotal, and revealing.

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 April.

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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