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January 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - Daphne odora

In This Issue

Magnolia stellata

Herbaceous Perennials Class

Propagation Workshop

Hypertufa Workshop Update

Recent Members Only Additions

March Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"The Beautiful and Exotic World of Tropical Heliconias"
Julia Kornegay, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
March 3, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Hypertufa Workshop
Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, Lasting Impressions and JCRA Volunteers
March 5, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Japanese Plants and Collectors"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
March 8, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Triangle Camellia Society's 3rd Annual Camellia Show
Hosted by the Triangle Camellia Society in cooperation with the American Camellia Society, the JC Raulston Arboretum, and the Raleigh Garden Club
March 12, 2011 (Saturday)
10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Driving Mrs. Dracunculus—Plant Exploration in Crete"
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens
March 17, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Year-long Class
The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc.
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer and Board Member
March 20, 2011
2:00 PM

Wake Up! It's Spring!
March 26, 2011 (Saturday)
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Herbaceous Perennials Class
March 27, 2011 (Sunday)
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Part of the News & Observer Birdhouse Competition
"Backyard Birdhouses"
Gary Carter, Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association and Robert Smith, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Outdoor Photographer
March 31, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Magnolia stellata

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Deciduous magnolias are the epitome of the spring flowering tree with their large, fuzzy buds opening to reveal exuberant flowers arising from the tip of almost every branch. While the trend in breeding and selection in recent years has been to increase the already oversized flowers, the star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, with its more modestly sized blossoms remains one of my favorites.

The genus is one of the most ancient of flowering trees and contains over 200 species with two centers of distribution, Asia and the Americas. The typical large flower was tailor made to funnel big, bumbling beetles into the center to pollinate the flowers while the tough, woody carpels made it difficult for those same beetles to chew into the fruits. Fossils of plants belonging to this family have been dated to over 90 million years old. The genus was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol, whose concept of plant families is still largely used today, in 1703 and later officially adopted by Carolus Linnaeus.


Herbaceous Perennials Class

photography in the JCRA

by Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board of Advisors

The JCRA has a wide and colorful collection of perennials in flower almost all year, beginning in January with hellebores and Algerian iris, and ending in late autumn with asters and salvias, with many more too numerous to mention. We are going to look at some that can be used in the landscape in this area—those which will tolerate our N.C. soils, dry spots and wet, our summer heat—and our recently colder winters. Bulbs, ground covers, clumpers, those that bloom long periods, those that are less bold, and perennials that offer a rainbow of color for your garden will be some of the aspects we will discuss in the course. Bring your cameras and notebooks!

Classes of about one hour will be offered in pairs of weekends to showcase various seasons, except during the summer. You can sign up for one class, a pair, or all. Class size limited to 15. First come, first served. To register for the Herbaceous Perennials Class, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.


March 27 and April 3 (Sundays) – 1:00 PM – Early Spring Perennials

May 21 and June 11 (Saturdays) – 9:00 AM – Early Summer Perennials

October 2 and October 30 (Sundays) – 1:00 PM – Autumn Perennials

Propagation Workshop

plant propagation

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

June 4, 2011 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

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. Techniques discussed can be done at home.

This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels, and is open to Friends of the Arboretum members only. The cost is $80 per person. Registration opens on March 1, 2011, at 11:00 AM. To register for the Propagation Workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

Hypertfua Workshop Update

hypertufa troughs

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

March 5, 2011 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Registration is still open for the Hypertufa Workshop on March 5. The announcement for the program was recently updated to include new details about the program. The plywood platform and the mold are now provided as part of the workshop fee. To register, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

The video section on the site is still being reworked and improved. The videos now use a new video player that should be easier to use. It's HTML5 and Flash enabled so it should play on all current browsers with ease. Lower bitrates (quality) were used in the creation of the latest videos compared to those in January. This was done to improve the download speed for those with slow Internet connections. The quality is still much higher than in 2010 and earlier. If you experience poor quality/jerky video quality, please close other programs, try a different Web browser, and pause video until more of the video has downloaded or try playing it on a different computer. Please report any problems to Chris Glenn.

FOA Lecture Video - Moss Gardening in the South - David Spain, The Moss Farm - February 3, 2011

Plantsmen's Tour - Winter Favorites - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - February 8, 2011

FOA Lecture Video - A Walk in the Winterwonderland with Wildlife in Tow - Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence - February 13, 2011

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

(919) 515-3132