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October 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Fall Children's Programs

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

October Events

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
October 1, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM

Herbaceous Perennials Class
"Early Fall Perennials"
Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board Members
October 2, 2011 (Sunday)
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Trees for Urban Spaces: New Cultivars and Proven Performers"
Mike Worthington, Worthington Farms
October 6, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Fall Flowers"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
October 11, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Year-long Class
"The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc."
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer
October 15, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Cosponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JCRA
"What's New? Great Plants for the Home Garden"
Bryce H. Lane, NC State University
October 15, 2011 (Saturday)
9:30 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"A Business Perspective in Global Horticultures"
Tom Foley, Supply Chain Manager, Ball Ornamentals
October 27, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Herbaceous Perennials Class
"Late Fall Perennials"
Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board Members
October 30, 2011 (Sunday)
1:00 PM

Children's Program
"Color Magic: The Science Inside Fall Leaves"
October 30, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM

Plant of the Month

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

When most people think of honeysuckle, the sweet smell of the weedy Japanese honeysuckle vine generally comes to mind of Southerners while those of more northern heritage recall the large, gangly shrubby species. Few folks think of the wonderful evergreen species called boxleaf honeysuckle despite its tough constitution and many excellent garden attributes.

Depending on your taxonomist of choice, there are over 180 species of honeysuckle around the world all occurring in the Northern Hemisphere. Well over half of these shrubs and vines are found in Asia. Lonicera nitida is found mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan in southern China.

In the landscape, boxleaf honeysuckle makes a small shrub to about 5' high and wide although it can get larger if happy. The small, glossy leaves are attractive and plants may be allowed to grow in a natural shape or pruned regularly to make formal hedges. Boxleaf honeysuckle thrives in sun or part shade and is relatively drought tolerant once well established. The excellent selection called 'Lemon Beauty' has tiny green leaves each bordered by a bright golden edge. Plants make an excellent addition to perennial borders, foundation plantings, woodland gardens, and containers.

JCRA members interested in obtaining this plant for themselves will be happy to know that it will be offered for free at our Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution on October 1 along with nearly 200 other different types of plants (over 4,000 total plants!). All of these plants, from small rooted cuttings to over 500 full, landscape size 3-gallon specimens, are free to our members. We do hope all of our members realize that each plant costs us from about $2.00 to $5.00 or more to produce. In these times of state budget reductions, we'd like you all to consider donating $1.00 to $5.00 dollars per plant you receive before you leave. At 4,100 plants, a dollar each will go a long way towards keeping our coffers filled.

For those of you who aren't members, we hope you will consider joining and becoming part of our family. As longtime member Bobby Wilder likes to say, the garden is free to enter but it isn't free to run.

Fall Children’s Programs

by Caroline Richardson, Children's Program Coordinator

Bring the kids and grandkids to the Arboretum this fall for our upcoming programs.

"Color Magic: The Science Inside Fall Leaves"
October 30, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

It's time again for the crunching and swirling of fallen leaves. Why do some leaves turn yellow while others turn brown and still others stay green? What signals are plants responding to? Plant science mysteries are explored in this family program … just in time for Halloween.

"Natural Wrappers: From Tiny Seeds to Giant Trees"
November 20, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Nature's wrapping paper comes in all colors, textures, and shapes. Inside these packages are hidden treasures—seeds! Come hunt for the fruit and seeds of both the smallest plants and the biggest trees in the Arboretum. Detective skills wanted as seeds hide in some mysterious containers.

For more information about the JCRA's Children's Program and these events, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus   Zephyranthes candida

Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus
orange sweet-olive


Zephyranthes candida
white rain-lily

Muhlenbergia capillaris   Tradescantia sillamontana

Muhlenbergia capillaris
hairy-awn muhly grass


Tradescantia sillamontana
white velvet tradescantia

Dalbergia hupeana   Callicarpa acuminata

Dalbergia hupeana


Callicarpa acuminata
Mexican beautyberry

Hamamelis virginiana var. mexicana   Tricyrtis 'Amanagowa'
Hamamelis virginiana var. mexicana
Mexican witchhazel
  Tricyrtis 'Amanagowa'
hybrid toadlily

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

Plantsmen's Tour Video - August 9, 2011 - Some Like It Hot

Plantsmen's Tour Video - August 9, 2011 - Some Like It Hot

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 =

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Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
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