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November 2012 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Internships: Good for Students and Good for the Arboretum

JCRA Connoisseur Plants: Only 61 More Shopping Days!

Something for Every Member: Membership Benefits Program

Children's Programs

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

November Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Gardening with Confidence—50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity"
Helen Yoest, Gardening With Confidence
Thursday, November 1, 2012

7:30 PM (reception begins at 7:00 PM)

Plantsmen's Tour
"Camellias and Their Kin"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture/North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"The Flora of Argentina (with a Few Things to Try in Hot, Humid North Carolina)"
Mike Kintgen, Horticulturist, Denver Botanic Gardens
Saturday, November 17, 2012

10:00 AM (reception begins at 9:30 AM)

Plant of the Month

Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'

Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

The species, Viburnum obovatum, is a rather rangy shrub or small tree native to South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. It generally grows to about 6'–15' but has been known to grow to over 30' under ideal conditions in the wild. While the wild species makes an attractive plant, the selection named 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' is an outstanding landscape plant.

Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' was introduced by Florida plantsman Steve Reifler for its tight, dwarf habit. It grows to about 3' tall by slightly wider with a fine texture and small, narrow leaves on a very tight bun-shaped plant. The plant covers itself in clusters of white flowers in April but will often begin flowering in fall and continue sporadically until spring. Flowers are followed by red fruits which become black and are highly favored by birds. In mild winters, it will remain mostly evergreen although often taking on purplish tones after frost. In colder areas, it will become semi-evergreen to fully deciduous.

V. obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' is an excellent landscape plant and is especially useful where native North American plants are desired in the landscape. It can be used as a foundation planting instead of dwarf boxwoods or Japanese hollies or clipped into a formal, low hedge. This selection can be planted as a specimen or in containers in damp or dry areas and makes an excellent addition to the wildlife garden. Its small size, tidy habit, tough constitution, and four-season appeal make 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' one of the best all around native plants for the landscape.

'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' is one of the three plants available this fall through the JCRA and Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association's Choice Plants marketing program. Ask for it at your local garden center.

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Internships: Good for Students and Good for the Arboretum

The Border Babes

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

The talented volunteer group who care for the Mixed Border (aka: the Border Babes), recognized the great work that the 2012 JCRA Interns completed this summer, so they decided to organize a fund-raising event call the Raulston Round-up to help sponsor the 2013 JCRA Internship Program.

Held at the lovely Andrus home and garden, decorated to look like a dude ranch, with a lively bluegrass band, and serving up some delicious chuck wagon fare, Jeanne Andrus announced that the Round-up raised more than $5,600 for the program. The JCRA is still receiving Round-up gifts, so the Border Babes are well on their way to sponsoring two summer interns! Now this is really something to "yee-haw" about!

JCRA Connoisseur Plants: Only 65 More Shopping Days!

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Hurry … your special membership gifts must be received by December 31, 2012, to be eligible for this year's Connoisseur Plants program.

Connoisseur Plants are rare new plants or hard to find old favorites that JCRA members at the Sponsor, Patron, Founder, Benefactor, or Philanthropist levels receive as a special gift for their generous support.

Please consider increasing your current membership or joining at a connoisseur level today! It's easy to make your tax-deductible gift with our secure giving site! Membership gifts may also be mailed to to Judy Morgan-Davis at JC Raulston Arboretum, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522.

News Flash!

Your 2012 gift of $500 or more to the Endowment for Excellence makes you eligible for Connoisseur Plants—regardless of your membership level. Your gift to the Endowment for Excellence shows that you champion a strong financial future for the JC Raulston Arboretum, so this is just a small token of our appreciation of your investment. What a great way to make a tax-deductible, end-of-year gift; get some great plants; and invest in a stronger Arboretum.

Catalogs for Connoisseur Plants will be distributed in January 2013. Plants will be distributed in March 2013.

Got questions? Please call or e-mail Judy Morgan-Davis at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu.

Something for Every Member: Membership Benefits Program

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

AHS LogoMany local business, area garden centers, nurseries, restaurants, plus the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program are partnering with the JC Raulston Arboretum to offer some really fantastic benefits when JCRA members present their current membership cards. For all the 2012 updates, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

The JCRA appreciates the generous support of these partners, so please visit and shop often. And when you do visit, remember to present your current membership card, and give them a BIG thank you from the JC Raulston Arboretum! (If you know of other area business who would like to partner with the JCRA, please send their contact information to Anne Porter, or ask them to call or e-mail Anne Porter at (919) 413-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu.)

Children's Program

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

As fall starts to bring cooler weather, our Garden Storytimes will take a break until March. No worries though, I'll spend the winter searching for more garden themed books and crafts to do with our preschool-aged children in the spring!

Just because it's getting colder doesn't mean you have to stay home! Starting in December, a new Children's Winter Discovery Series will start for ages six and up. Our first program will be "Winter Nature Crafts" on Sunday, December 9 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. I hope you will join us for this fun program to teach children about trees and then let our imagination run wild making creations with pinecones, evergreen branches, and other fun materials. Preregistration is required, and the cost is $10 for Arboretum members or $15 for nonmembers.

The children's program at the Arboretum is a great resource for Boy and Girl Scout troops, Y-Guides and Y-Princess groups, and other youth groups looking to earn gardening badges or learn more about horticulture. Homeschool groups can also plan trips and classes at the Arboretum as well. To arrange a class or activity, please contact me, Elizabeth Overcash, at (919) 513-7007 or elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu.

I look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Celtis sinensis 'Green Cascade'
Scree Garden   Japanese Garden

Scree Garden


Japanese Garden

Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group   Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol'

Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group
large-flowered climbing rose


Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol'
weeping winged elm

Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'   Salvia 'Red Letter'

Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'
Mexican beautyberry


Salvia 'Red Letter'
hybrid autumn sage

Iris 'Again and Again'   Agave ovatifolia and Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

Iris 'Again and Again'
tall bearded reblooming iris

  Gaillardia (Sunburst™ Scarlet Halo)
blanket flower

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "Esoteric, Exotic, or Enigmatic Plants of Questionable Merit" - Richard T. Olsen

Plantsmen's Tour Video - &quotNew and Noteworthy" - Carl Van Staalduinen

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture/North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Video - "Rare Plants of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program" - Carl Van Staalduinen

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 =

Your Membership Makes a Difference—Please Join or Renew Today!

The JC Raulston Arboretum is free to the public, but it is not free to operate. Memberships keep the gates open and the gardens in top shape. Membership gifts are the primary support for the Arboretum's daily operations and vital for its success.

Thank you for your support and advocacy of the JC Raulston Arboretum through the membership program. It's fast and easy to become a Friend of the Arboretum, and there are many great benefits for you and your family. Join or renew now using our secure Web site, or contact Judy Morgan-Davis at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu.

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Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

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