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January 2012 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

January Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Plant Hunting Expeditions of E. H. Wilson"
Jason Lattier, Department of Horticultural Science Graduate Student and Former JCRA Intern
January 5, 2012 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Hot Plants That Take Cold Temperatures"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
January 10, 2012 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

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
"Wildflowers Go Wild"
Betsy Pringle, William C. Coker Garden Club and the Rock Garden Society
January 21, 2012 (Saturday)
10:00 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"London—Plus Gardens!"
Tim Alderton, Judy Morgan-Davis, Anne Porter, and Mark Weathington, JCRA Staff
January 26, 2012 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

by Paul Buescher and Christopher Todd Glenn

Cosponsored by the North Carolina Gourd Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

February 11, 2012 (Saturday)
1:30 PM–4:00 PM

Mary Ann Rood and Paul Buescher, members of the the North Carolina Gourd Society, will demonstrate the cleaning of dried gourds and preparing them for craft in this workshop. They'll discussion what birds live in gourd birdhouses in what environments, what birds are likely to live in your backyard, and how to make a bird family happy by placing your birdhouse at the correct height and location. Participants will make a cleaned, dried gourd into a house with a correctly sized and placed entry hole for likely residents, clean seeds and fiber from the inside, drill smaller holes to hang the birdhouse and for rain to drain out, attach a hanger for the birdhouse, and spray it with ultraviolet protective polyurethane varnish. They may use or experiment with supplies provided for decorating their finished birdhouses. Get a head start on the spring News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JCRA!

For more information or to register for this workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Fantasy Sweep Garden
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Aurora'   Ilex cornuta 'D'Or'

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Aurora'
common witchhazel


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

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena'   Tsuga canadensis 'Vermuellen's Winter Gold'

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena'
copper-flowered common witchhazel


Tsuga canadensis 'Vermuellen's Winter Gold'
golden eastern hemlock

Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Magic Berry'   Prunus mume 'Bonita'

Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Magic Berry'
Doorenbos coralberry


Prunus mume 'Bonita'
pink Japanese flowering apricot

Mahonia ×lindsayae 'Cantab'   Helleborus
Mahonia ×lindsayae 'Cantab'
hybrid mahonia

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in January 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 December.

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

FOA Lecture - Mike Worthington - "Trees for Urban Spaces: New Cultivars and Proven Performers"

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
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