Plant of the Month
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
"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
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
For more information about the JCRA's Children's Program and these events, please visit the JCRA's Web site.
35th Anniversary Symposium
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.
by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
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.
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