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July 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Did Someone Say Howling Cow Ice Cream?

Something for Every Member: 2011 Membership Benefits Program

Concrete Workshops

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

Test It Out

July Events

Plantsmen's Tour
New Topic
"The Summer 2011 Interns' Top Picks"
Doug Barnes, Josh Fulford, Kyndal Payne, John Suggs, and Amanda Wilkins, Summer 2011 Interns
July 12, 2011 (Tuesday)
9:00 AM

Concrete Stepping Stone Workshop
July 23, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Concrete Leaf Workshop
July 23, 2011 (Saturday)
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Coming Soon

Print Competition

JCRA's 35th Anniversary Symposium - "Horticultural Madness" - September 23 and 24, 2011

Plant of the Month

Eucomis—The Pineapple Lilies

Eucomis 'Reuben'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Summer bulbs have a history of coming in and out of fashion. Cannas, elephant ears, and caladiums have alternatively been given places of honor in the finest gardens and then banished from even the humblest. Eucomis, while not being as well known as the canna, has in some ways ridden this up and down coaster. Luckily we are in a golden age for pineapple lilies and there is little chance that they will fade from the spotlight anytime soon.

The genus Eucomis is comprised of about 11 species of rosette-forming bulbous plants from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. The various species typically grow in grasslands, forest edges, and even in damp conditions along riverbanks. The species are very similar to each other, differing superficially mainly in size and coloration. Strappy somewhat succulent foliage is topped by a spike of tightly packed waxy flowers which in turn are crowned by leafy bracts. The flowers and comose (tuft-like) bracts together resemble a pineapple fruit giving rise to the common name.


Did Someone Say Howling Cow Ice Cream?

Howling Cow ice cream

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Just answer the following question, and you are automatically entered to win your choice of NC State's Howling Cow ice cream—perfect for hot summer days!

If money were not an issue, what would you do for the JC Raulston Arboretum?

E-mail your answer to anne_porter@ncsu.edu. Remember to include your name and daytime phone number. Drawing will be held on August 1, 2011—so don't delay! Your input is important to the JCRA board and staff.

Your responses will help us to better understand your vision and desires for our beloved Arboretum. Thank you for playing! (One entry per e-mail. You may enter more than once, if you have multiple ideas!)

Something for Every Member: 2011 Membership Benefits Program

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Many local business, area garden centers, nurseries, restaurants, plus the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program, are partnering with the JCRA to offer some really fantastic benefits when JCRA members present their current membership cards. For all the 2011 updates, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

The JCRA appreciates the generous support of these partners, so please visit and shop often. And when you do visit, remember to present your current membership card, and give them a big "thank you" from the JC Raulston Arboretum!

Concrete Workshops

Cast concrete leaf

by Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

The JC Raulston Arboretum is offering two new concrete workshops in July. Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, two of the JCRA's talented volunteers and owners of Lasting Impressions, are leading these workshops. Participants will learn how to create concrete stepping stones and leaf impressions on their own and will go home with a completed project. All supplies are included. For details, please visit the JCRA's Web site (links below). As with all workshops, space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Concrete Stepping Stone Workshop
Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, JCRA Volunteers
July 23, 2011 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Cast Concrete Leaf Workshop
Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, JCRA Volunteers
July 23, 2011 (Saturday) – 1:00 PM–3:00 PM

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Annual Color Trials
Eucomis 'Reuben'   Lagerstroemia indica

Eucomis 'Reuben'
pineapple lily


Lagerstroemia indica
crepe myrtle

Hibiscus 'Holly Springs'   Zephyranthes 'Grandjax'

Hibiscus 'Holly Springs'


Zephyranthes 'Grandjax'

Lilium 'Black Beauty'   Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea'

Lilium 'Black Beauty'
hybrid lily


Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea'

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

One new video was recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in June.

Click on the image below to play the video or visit the Members Only section to for a complete listing of all videos.

FOA Lecture Video - Backyard Birdhouses - Gary Carter, Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association and Robert Smith, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Outdoor Photographer - March 31, 2011 (Thursday)1

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 (use all lower case letters) of the latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included below.

user name = jcra
password =

Test It Out

by Sonia Murphy, Director of Planned Giving, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

How long will my money last with automatic withdrawals?

What is my projected tax flow?

How much life insurance do I need?

Use the personal financial calculators and more on the College of Agriculture and Life Science's estate planning Web site.

For estate and gift planning questions feel free to contact me at (919) 513-0637 or sonia_murphy@ncsu.edu.

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Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

(919) 515-3132