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February 2012 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Bonsai Lecture and Workshop

February Workshop Updates

New Children's Program Coordinator

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

February Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Sex in the Garden: Hidden Secrets!"
Brian Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
February 2, 2012 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Scintillating Cypress"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
February 7, 2012 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Propagation Workshop
(registration closed)
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
February 11, 2012 (Saturday)
9:00 AM

Gourd Birdhouse Workshop
Cosponsored by the North Carolina Gourd Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Mary Ann Rood and Paul Buescher, NC Gourd Society
February 11, 2012 (Saturday)
1:30 PM

A Walk in the Winter Garden
Cosponsored by the the Triangle Camellia Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
February 12, 2012 (Sunday)
1:00 PM – FOA Lecture – Cindy Watson, Cam Too Camellia Nursery
2:30 PM – Tours

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture/North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cosponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Woodland Garden Plants—Part 2"
Suzanne Edney, JCRA Volunteer and Garden Designer
February 18, 2012 (Saturday)
10:00 AM

Plant of the Month

Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston'

Mahonia J.C. Raulston

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

J. C. Raulston was an early and vocal admirer of the genus Mahonia, distributing plants and trialing new species and selections for years before he passed away. The last plants J. C. planted at the JCRA were a group of hybrid Mahonia seedlings from Yucca Do nursery to evaluate. Now NC State University plant breeder Tom Ranney and his team have released Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston' named in honor of the Arboretum's founder.

Manonia 'J.C. Raulston' is a hybrid between the western U.S. selection M. aquifolium 'Golden Abundance' and the rare Mexican species M. lanceolata. The resulting plant is a medium-sized shrub with plumes of brilliant gold, fragrant flowers in late winter. Plants are hardy to zone 6 thanks to their northwestern mother while receiving their extremely showy plumes, to 12” long, from their south of the border father. Plants are highly infertile so don't expect fruits to form.

The plant commemorates both J. C.'s love for this showy genus of flowering shrubs and his love of the Mexican flora where he traveled to collect plants to trial at the Arboretum. Mahonia 'J.C. Raulston' is not readily available yet but we expect this plant will have a great future and should appear in garden centers in the coming years. Look for small plants in the Lath House later this spring at the JCRA.

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Bonsai Lecture and Workshop

National Bonsai and Penjin Museum, U.S. National Arboretum

by Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Sponsored by the Triangle Bonsai Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

February 25, 2012 (Saturday)
10:00 PM–4:00 PM

Bonsai combines a three dimension art form and basic horticulture. Join Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, in this two part program as he discusses and demonstrates the art and science of bonsai. In the morning session, he'll describe the basics of bonsai design through a lecture and visual presentation. In addition, the presentation will include a discussion on selecting plant material suitable for bonsai and the basics of caring for a bonsai. During the afternoon workshop, participants will receive assistance as they design their own bonsai, prune their juniper to the design they chose, and then plant their outdoor bonsai in a ceramic bonsai pot.

Participants may register for the lecture only or the lecture and workshop. The juniper, bonsai container, wire, and soil are included in the workshop fee.

For more information or to register for this lecture and workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. A downloadable registration form is also available.

Other February Workshop Updates

by Christopher Todd Glenn

A limited number of openings remain in the the Gourd Birdhouse Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2012. For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

The February and June Propagation Workshops filled quickly. A waiting list has been started for both programs.

New Children's Program Coordinator

by Ted Bilderback, Director

Elizabeth OvercashThe JCRA is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Overcash as our new children's program coordinator. Elizabeth has a bachelors degree in horticultural science with emphasis on landscape design and has experience teaching preschool children. Elizabeth started on January 30. Look for new Children's Program activities soon.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Cornus mas 'Spring Glow'
Erica ×darleyensis 'Furzey'   Camellia ×williamsii 'Mary Christian'

Erica ×darleyensis 'Furzey'
Darley heath


Camellia ×williamsii 'Mary Christian'
Williamsii camellia

Prunus mume 'Sabashi-ko'   Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Prunus mume 'Sabashi-ko'
Japanese flowering apricot


Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
bloodtwig dogwood

Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Magic Berry'   Ilex cornuta 'D'Or'

Helleborus ×hybridus (Ashwood Garden hybrids)
Lenten rose


Ilex cornuta 'D'Or'
yellow-berry Chinese holly

Narcissus 'Cyclops'   Daphne odora
Narcissus 'Cyclops'
small-cupped daffodil
  Daphne odora
winter daphne

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

Jason Lattier - "Plant Hunting Expeditions of E. H. Wilson"

Plantsmen's Tour Video - Mark Weathington - "Hot Plants That Take Cold Temperatures"

FOA Lecture - Elizabeth Cate Pringle - "Wildflowers Go Wild"

FOA Lecture—Tim Alderton, Judy Morgan-Davis, Anne Porter, and Mark Weathington - "London-Plus Gardens!"

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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Campus Box 7522
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