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October 2012 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Membership Makes a Difference—To You and to the JCRA

Friends of the Arboretum New Member Welcome

New Blog

The JC Raulston Arboretum Selected as a 2012 Recipient of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance

10th Anniversary of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center Complex

Children's Programs

Test It Out

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

October Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Esoteric, Exotic, or Enigmatic: Plants of Questionable Merit"
Richard T. Olsen, Ph.D., Research Geneticist, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Division, USDA
Thursday, October 4, 2012

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

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
Saturday, October 6, 2012
7:30 AM – Check in opens
9:00 AM Distribution begins

Friends of the Arboretum New Member Welcome
Saturday, October 6, 2012
9:30 AM–10:30 AM

Plantsmen's Tour
"New and Noteworthy"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture/North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
"Rare Plants of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program"
Misty Buchanan, Natural Areas Inventory Manager, N.C. Natural Heritage Program
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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

Children's Program
"October Garden Storytime"
Friday, October 26, 2012
10:30 AM


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Plant of the Month

Heteropterys glabra

Heteropterys glabra

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Heteropterys glabra or redwing as it is commonly known is one of about 150 species of plants in the genus. Its scientific name is derived from hetero, meaning different and pterys meaning wing signifying the winged seeds held in threes. This genus in the mostly tropical Malphigiaceae family is composed of vines, small trees, and shrubs throughout South America, the Caribbean, and one species in Africa. Plants in this genus have been used as aphrodisiacs, stimulants, and in some cases have been found to have antiviral effects.

Gold flowers appear by early summer in bright sprays followed quickly by brilliant red fruits that closely resemble maple keys. Redwing will continue to produce flowers alongside the fruit into the fall for a continuous hot combination. The foliage on this vine emerges flushed with burgundy before turning glossy green. The multi-hued flower and fruit display make this a worthy candidate for any garden.

Redwing is a woody vine that will grow up a support or through the lower branches of small trees or large shrubs. The stems will twine gently providing support for the upright growth. Without support, it will make a mounded, shrubby plant with branches weaving through its neighbors. Young plants will often die back to the ground for their first couple of years in the garden but once established the stems will stay green during all but the coldest winters.

Redwing is the first of 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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Membership Makes a Difference—To You and to the JCRA

Heteropterys glabra

by Judy Morgan Davis, Membership and Special Projects Coordinator

Fall is such an exciting time to be a JCRA member! Many of our members identify the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution as the most important benefit of membership. Don't miss this year's epic event in public horticulture on October 6.Over 5,500 plants will be available, and the plant list will be posted on the JCRA's Web site very soon.

If you've never attended the distribution, you'll definitely appreciate the videos that can be found on YouTube. Enjoy high speed renditions of the 2010 and 2011 events, and be sure to read the "Commonly Asked Questions" section included in the event's announcement.

Friends of the Arboretum New Member Welcome

by Judy Morgan Davis, Membership and Special Projects Coordinator

Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 9:30 AM–10:30 AM

Earlier this year, we initiated New Member Welcome events. Please join us for the second New Member Welcome, directly after the Annual Plant Distribution on October 6. All members are invited to attend and help our newest friends feel welcome while we mingle, visit with staff, and compare our new plant acquisitions. We look forward to seeing you then! Please feel free to contact me, Judy Morgan-Davis, at (919) 513-0264 or jvmorgan@ncsu.edu if you have questions about membership or any of these special events.

New Blog

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Follow the September and October 2012 travels of Mark Weathington, JCRA assistant director and curator of collections, through the Chinese mountains (Sichuan Province) to Mount Omei as he discovers new plants for the Arboretum via our new blog.

The JC Raulston Arboretum Selected as a 2012 Recipient of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community AppearanceThe JCRA staff, volunteers, and Friends of the Arboretum are very excited about receiving this prestigious award. This is the 30th year anniversary of the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognizing outstanding new contributions to the character, environment, and appearance of the City of Raleigh. Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens. The 2012 awards ceremony is Tuesday, October 9 at the Nature Research Center at 121 W. Jones Street in Raleigh. Jim Goodman, President of Capital Broadcasting is the guest speaker for the evening. This is a free event, and JCRA members and friends are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to (919) 996-4642 by October 1.

10th Anniversary of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center Complex

Group photograph of 10th Anniversary Celebration participants

by Ted Bilderback, Director

The JC Raulston Arboretum celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center on September 21and 22. On Friday evening, Richard Linton, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, presided over a ceremony to dedicate and officially open the new Lath House (below photograph). Donors Mike Stallings and Mitzi Hole were recognized for their generous gift enabling the construction of the new Lath House. The following were also recognized for their contributions: the JCRA Master Plan committee; Frank Harmon, Architect, PA, – design; Paige Moody of Arbor Enterprises – installation of walls and walks; Chuck Friedrich of Carolina Stalite – bed construction materials; and Johnson Concrete – hardscape materials.

John Dole, Head, Department of Horticultural Science,  Ted Bilderback, JCRA Director, Mitzi Hole and Mike Stallings, Donors, and  Richard Linton, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ross Williams, executive director of North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association, presented a $2,500 check and offered a $12,500 challenge for matching gifts to the JCRA Endowment for Excellence. Several generous friends soon responded for a total of $6,000 in matching gifts. The event's silent and live plant auctions raised over $2,000. Thanks to our sponsors and attendees, the event netted over $7,000. All monies go directly to the Endowment for Excellence to underwrite the future of the JC Raulston Arboretum, providing security for staff salaries, garden renovations, and outstanding educational programs.

Richard Linton presented Tony Avent with the first ever J. C. Raulston Distinguished Leadership Award

Before Tony Avent's keynote address, "Hunter, Gather, Propagator—The Wonderful World of Plant Exploration," The dean presented the first J. C. Raulston Distinguished Leadership Award (above photograph). Qualifications include "making significant contributions to planning and planting a better world"; contributions to the JC Raulston Arboretum in expertise, counsel, and resources; and exemplified leadership and dedication to NC State University and the JC Raulston Arboretum. The first recipient of this prestigious award is Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden. Tony is the most frequent speaker for our FOA Lectures, symposia, and special events at the JCRA—a fitting recipient of this special new award. After receiving the award, Tony entertained the audience with a presentation the dean said was the "best plant talk I have ever heard."

Saturday's program began with a special anniversary video created by Mark Dearmon, NC State Communication Services, highlighting Arboretum events and gardens over the last 10 years, including excerpts from the 1995 public television broadcast of North Carolina People with William Friday, featuring J. C. Raulston and the NCSU Arboretum.

Denny Werner, third JCRA director, followed with a presentation, "Reflections, Redbuds. and Research." In it, he reviewed contributions of all the directors and interim directors at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Bryce Lane, the Arboretum's interim director just after J. C.'s passing, was unable to attend, so he recorded a short video from his television show, In the Garden with Bryce Lane. In it, he told a couple amusing stories from the time he was our interim director. After members of the audience provided more personal stories and testimonials, Bob Lyons, second director of the JCRA, disclosed previously untold accounts about the efforts to get the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center constructed. His presentation, "Do We Need a Change Order for That? Avoiding Head-on Collisions between Plant Collections and Hard Hats," capped a very enjoyable weekend for all enthusiastic participants.

Children's Programs

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

Fall is the air! We had a great turnout for Take a Child Outside, especially for our first Treasure Hunt. If you missed it, put September 24–30 on your calendar for next year's Take a Child Outside activities. It happens every year! In the meantime, if you have a scout, Y-Guide or Y-Princess, homeschool, or other youth group that would like to come out to the Arboretum, please contact me, Elizabeth Overcash, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu. We can arrange a tour or activity for your group.

Hope to see you soon with your group or for October's Garden Storytime.

Test It Out

by Sonia Murphy, Director of Planned Giving, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ever wondered how long will your money last with automatic withdrawals, what is your projected tax flow, how much life insurance do you need? If so, use the calculators and more on the College of Agriculture and Life Science's Planned Giving Web site. For estate and gift planning questions, please contact me, Sonia Murphy, at (919) 513-0637 or sonia_murphy@ncsu.edu.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Japanese Garden
Dahlia and Danaus plexippus   Magnolia delavayi

Dahlia and Danaus plexippus
dahlia and monarch butterfly


Magnolia delavayi
Father Delavay's magnolia

Dahlia   Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Propzam'

Dalina® Maxi Tampico garden dahlia


Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Propzam'
Prophet™ kousa dogwood

Callicarpa acuminata   Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'

Callicarpa acuminata
Mexican beautyberry


Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'
Mexican bush sage

Ilex 'Cherry Bomb'   Agave ovatifolia and Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

Ilex 'Cherry Bomb'
U.S. National Arboretum hybrid holly

  Agave ovatifolia and Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'
whale's tongue agave and autumn sage

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

Plantsmen's Tour Video - Mark Weathington - "Tropicalissimo—Big and Bold is Beautiful"

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "Bulbs for Piedmont Gardens" - 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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