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September 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Preorder Plant Sale

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

Fall Children's Programs

35th Anniversary Symposium

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

September Events

FOA Lecture
Cosponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JCRA
"In a Botanist's Garden—an Eclectic Sampling of the World's Flora"
John Grimshaw, United Kingdom
September 8, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Great Grasses"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
September 13, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Garden Conservancy's Open Days
September 17, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 18, 2011
12:00 PM–5:00 PM

Year-long Class
"The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc."
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer
September 18, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM

35th Anniversary Symposium
September 23 and 24, 2011
(Friday and Saturday)

Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale
September 24, 2011 (Saturday)
8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Children's Program
"Natural Wrappers: From Tiny Seeds to Giant Trees"
September 25, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM

Children's Program
"Superhero Plants"
September 30, 2011 (Friday)
9:30 AM

Coming Soon

FOA Annual Plant Distribution
October 1, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM Sharp!

Plant of the Month

Delightful Dendropanax

Cleyera japonica 'Tokyo Sunrise'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Among the many overlooked evergreen shrubs for the Southeast, perhaps none is as woefully underused as Dendropanax trifidus, the tree ivy. Although related to the true ivies, this shrub or small tree forms a distinctive oval headed plant that fits into almost any landscape from a traditional southern garden to a tropical themed paradise and even has a place in a formal landscape where its symmetrical head and dark glossy evergreen foliage holds its own against more traditional boxwoods.

In the landscape, D. trifidus prefers some shade but will tolerate full sun. It makes a lush specimen when grown in rich soils and given plenty of moisture during the summer but it is surprisingly tough and can tolerate less than ideal conditions very well once established. The plant is typically grown as a single stem specimen but usually is allowed to branch low to form a small tree or medium-sized shrub generally 8'–15' tall and half as wide. Young plants bear large, three-lobed leaves of deep, glossy green although the foliage will be somewhat smaller and lighter green in sunny conditions. With maturity, the foliage eventually will lose its lobing and become oval to rhomboid in shape. The flowers are held in rounded clusters like its relative, Japanese fatsia. In the winter, the foliage often takes on deep burgundy tones which are quite beautiful.

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Preorder Plant Sale

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

JCRA members interested in procuring a Dendropanax trifidus for their own gardens are in luck. This outstanding garden specimen is available through our very first member's only Preorder Plant Sale along with about 40 other very special plants. Members need to take advantage of this offer right away as the plant sale ends Friday, September 9. JCRA members should have received an e-mail with a link to the Web site, if you have not received the link please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. Nonmembers are always welcome to join the JCRA to take advantage of the benefits and privileges available to our supporters.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

Barbara and Loren Kennedy's garden

by Jayme Bednarczyk JCRA Member and Volunteer and Garden Conservancy Regional Representative

September 17, 2011 – 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 18, 2011 – 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

There is no better way to learn about gardens than to spend time in them—with the gardeners! Experience five distinct visions—guaranteed to inspire, relax, and entertain new ideas and ways of thinking about your own landscape.

This year’s self guided tour of America’s best private gardens include five in our region:

City Courtyard Garden – a petite, city-chic specimen garden, lush and secluded with a large variety of small trees, shrubs and perennials, and containers framing a courtyard and screened–in porch. Residence of Barbara and Loren Kennedy.

Chalmers Cottage Garden – an established romantic English garden with charming topiary, brick walkways, whimsical ornaments, an herb garden, and a koi pond. Residence of Alta Chalmers.

Freeman/Byrd Garden – an English heirloom entertaining oasis. Choose a winding paths to four fishponds, a greenhouse, several secluded gatherings, decks and an elegant chicken house. Residence of Wayne Freeman and Cronin Byrd.

English Garden – Woodland Paradise – a blend of formal meets a tropical jewel box of exotics and sculpture. Features include a formal shrub garden, mixed shrub garden, banana grove, and formal French parterre. Residence of Cecil J. Dykes.

Red Door Farm – the serenity of this six-acre French countryside inspired landscape with large sweeps of plantings, multiple garden rooms, a small vineyard, orchard, two ponds and nearly eighty rose varieties, and bovines grazing in the distance-- you won’t want to leave. Residence of Bob and Linda Hatcher.

We so appreciate the generosity of the garden hosts for this important fund raiser that benefits both the Garden Conservancy and the JC Raulston Arboretum!

Admission to each private garden is $5, payable at each location. For additional details, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

Fall Children’s Programs

by Caroline Richardson, Children's Program Coordinator

Bring the kids and grandkids to the Arboretum this fall. Upcoming programs include:

"Natural Wrappers: From Tiny Seeds to Giant Trees"
September 25, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

All summer, plants have been pushing out flowers and hoping for pollination, in order to form the seeds that will become new, young plants. Come hunt for seeds of both the smallest plants and the biggest trees in the Arboretum. Detective skills wanted as seeds hide in some mysterious containers.

"Superhero Plants"
September 30, 2011 (Friday)
9:30 AM–12:00 PM

The JC Raulston Arboretum is full of superheroes: plants that use defenses, disguises, and special powers to adapt to their environment. Come learn how plants survive attacks from predators and the harsh conditions of life outdoors.

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

35th Anniversary Symposium

"Horticultural Madness"

September 23 and 24, 2011 (Friday and Saturday)

by Bobby Ward, Symposium Committee Member and Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

From the founding of the JC Raulston Arboretum as the NCSU Arboretum in 1976, lectures by renowned speakers have been a major part of the Arboretum's focus. And symposia, sponsored from time to time, have been an additional opportunity for in depth study. "Horticultural Madness" brings to life the amazing and bizarre world of horticulture. In this two-day symposium, prominent speakers from the United States and Wales will enlighten us with lectures on an amazing year of living botanically; eccentric to insanely driven people and their plants; bizarre botanicals; attention grabbing plants and innovative combinations; favorites from an obsessive plant collector; extreme gardening experiences and plants; and a story by a traveller to the botanically rich area of northern Vietnam.

This is a unique opportunity to further the Arboretum's mission and your own personal horticultural obsessions. Register today by calling (919) 513-7005. A printable registration form is also available.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Klein-Pringle White Garden
430935   Cosmos sulphureus

Rhodophiala bifida


Rhus chinensis 'September Beauty'
Chinese sumac

Sedum 'Matrona'   Lilium formosanum

Dalina® Maxi Tampico garden dahlia


Sedum 'Ruby Glow'
garden stonecrop

Abelia ×grandiflora 'Rose Creek'   Zephyranthes candida

Callicarpa americana 'Berries and Cream'
variegated American beautyberry


Rosa 'Radwhite'
White Out™ shrub rose

Viburnum nudum 'Angustifolium'   Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Filli'
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'
Red Rocket® compact crepe myrtle
  Ziziphus jujuba var. inermis
thornless Chinese date

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in September 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 August.

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

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
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

(919) 515-3132