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September 2012 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Preorder Plant Sale

10th Anniversary Celebration

Garden Conservancy Open Days

Photography Workshop

Children's Programs

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

September Events

Plantsmen's Tour
Tropicalissimo—Big and Bold is Beautiful"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture/North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
"Bulbs for Piedmont Gardens"
Carl Van Staalduinen, Terra Ceia Farms
Saturday, September 15, 2012

10:00 AM

Ruby C. McSwain Education Center Complex 10th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, September 21, 2012
4:00 PM
Saturday, September 22, 2012
8:00 AM

Children's Program
"Take a Child Outside Week"
Monday, September 24, 2012–Sunday, September 30, 2012
Monday – 10:00 AM–2:00 PM – Leaf Collage
– 10:00 AM–2:00 PM – Creature Bingo
Wednesday – 10:00 AM–2:00 PM – Treasure Hunt
Thursday – 10:00 AM–2:00 PM – Nature Bingo
Friday – 10:30 AM – Garden Storytime
Saturday – 8:00 AM–4:00 PM – Shop the PAX Fall Plant Sale
Sunday – 8:00 AM–8:00 PM – Sunday Stroll

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday, September 30, 2012
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Photography Workshop
Sponsored by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Environmental Portrait Photography"
Brian P. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00 AM

Plant of the Month

Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma'

10th Anniversary Celebration

Hydrangeas are among the most beloved of all garden shrubs. From the jewel-like blues of the bigleaf hydrangeas to the bold foliage and incredible fall color of our native oakleaf hydrangea and the vigorous but occasionally reticent to flower climbing hydrangea, these plants add color and drama to our landscapes.

While the bigleaf hydrangea (H. macrophylla) is the undisputed king of the hill among hydrangeas, another popular Asian species is the panicled hydrangea (H. paniculata). This species is an old-fashioned, large shrub, notable among the hydrangeas for its tolerance and even appreciation of sunny spots. It flowers on new growth making it amenable to a haircut in winter or early spring which will give it time to produce flowers in mid-summer. There have been many selections of this plant which is not only among the most heat tolerant and floriferous but also perhaps the cold hardiest surviving even the tundra-like conditions of USDA zone 4. One of our favorites is the very dwarf form called 'Dharuma' which was brought to the United States from Japan in 1989. It is sometimes confused with 'Darlido', a Dutch selection of different parentage. 'Dharuma' has been one of the few plants that has stayed smaller than we were originally led to believe, generally growing to only about 3' tall. The foliage on this selection is attractive glossy green, nicer than many other panicled hydrangeas and the flowers are held in somewhat flattened panicles as opposed to the typical cone shape of the species. Some hydrangeaphiles have suggested a bit of hanky-panky may have occurred in its past, perhaps with H. heteromalla, a typically very large species itself. The flowers on 'Dharuma' emerge early and turn from pristine white to rosy pink. The leathery foliage makes it much more deer resistant than bigleaf hydrangeas. We've been very impressed with this selection and think it has a place in most any garden.

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Preorder Plant Sale

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

JCRA members interested in procuring a Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma' for their own gardens are in luck. This outstanding garden specimen is available through our second annual member's only Preorder Plant Sale along with 54 other very special plants. Members need to take advantage of this offer right away as the plant sale ends Monday, September 17 at 12:00 PM. 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 chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. Nonmembers are always welcome to join the JCRA to take advantage of the benefits and privileges available to our supporters.

10th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, September 21, 2012 – 4:00 PM–9:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 8:00 AM–2:00 PM

It's all about the plants, the place, and the people who made it possible!

Please join us for a weekend of celebration, nostalgia, JCRA history, and of course … remarkable plants!

Come and meet the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' new Dean, Dr. Richard Linton.

Please contact Anne Porter (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu for more information. To register, please use NC State Alumni Association's Web site to register online or use the response card. Advance registration is required. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

Denny and Georgina's Garden

by Jayme Bednarczyk JCRA Member and Volunteer and Garden Conservancy Regional Representative

September 15, 2012 – 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 16, 2012 – 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:

The Werner Garden – This informal collector's garden features a 2,800-square-foot herbaceous perennial border, colorful annual plantings surrounding an inground pool, a gazebo surrounded by a large planting of herbaceous perennials and shrubs, natural areas with mixed shrub and tree plantings, and foundation plantings featuring a variety of small trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and ferns.

The Maynard Garden – Meandering paths lead visitors to a peaceful reflecting pool; intimate and hidden gardens featuring obscure plant cultivars and an electric collection of sculpture; a whole new, large, open garden; a vine covered pergola; an oval-shaped parterre planted with various herbs, boxwood, and a multitude of flowering plants; a large stone moon gate; a meditation garden; and a whimsical children's playhouse.

Quarry Hill – Nestled in a serene woodland setting of mature oaks, pines, and maples, Quarry Hill captures the eye with its traditional roots and delightful garden accents. Overlooking a peaceful lake, native ferns, wildflowers, and many varieties of perennials are showcased and ensure constant color and interest in this beautiful city garden.

The Sorge Garden – There is something for everyone at the Sorge Garden. From an unusual and private front yard garden filled with trees and shrubs, a rose arbor, and a stone walkway that leads to raised vegetable beds, grape arbors, and a greenhouse.

The Gardens of Ashland Hall – A stunning one-acre botanical feast, the Gardens of Ashland Hall is a delightful mix of several garden styles including the cutting garden, the cottage garden, the English garden designed around the unique heart-shaped lawn, and an impressive tropical garden, complete with a Tiki hut.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Garden – The Umstead uses native North Carolina species to create a sense of place reflective of nearby Umstead State Park, while select exotic species enhance the scenery with their unique shapes and colors as they are seamlessly woven into the relaxed landscape design.

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. Discount ticket books (six tickets for $25.00) are available in advance at the JCRA and at each garden during the tour. For additional details, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

Photography Workshop

by Brian P. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club, and Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Sponsored by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum

"Environmental Portrait Photography" Brian P. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club

September 29, 2012 – 9:00 AM–3:45 PM

Portraits of people or animals can convey a range of moods and emotions. Adding the context of an environment that is either key to their persona or introduces paradox to the image can greatly increase impact.

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to concepts about environmental portraiture. Teach them about choices and approaches to achieving effective images, including tips on how to use equipment and lighting to build impact.
  • Challenge the class members to try their hand at environmental portraiture techniques on the grounds of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
  • Review and evaluate student images to build skills and reinforce teaching points.

As with all workshops, space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Chris Glenn, programs and education coordinator, at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Children's Programs

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

Excitement is in the air because it's back to school time! I hope your families have a great school year. While school's in session, don't forget about the Arboretum. We still have programs and activities planned. If you can't attend a program, come take a stroll through the gardens and catch up with us on early release days!

We are celebrating Take a Child Outside Week. Take Your Child Outside week runs annually from September 24 to September 30. The week is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the goal of "helping children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live."

Each day will bring a new activity for all ages at the Arboretum. Come for one day or every day of the week! Most activities will be staffed from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and will begin at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor's Center. Please take note of any special information regarding cost or times.

Monday, September 24 – Come make a leaf collage. Free event.

Tuesday, September 25 – Play creature bingo. Free event. Pick up your bingo card at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. No prizes are awarded.

Wednesday, September 26 – Follow the map to find our treasure chest of surprises. $1.00 per family for map or free if you show your Arboretum membership card. Pick up your map at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center.

Thursday, September 27 – Play a round of nature bingo. Free event. Pick up your bingo card at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. No prizes are awarded.

Friday, September 28 – "Garden Storytime" at 10:30 AM. $5.00 per child. Preregistration is required prior to event.

Saturday, September 29 – Shop the Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale. Then plant your new favorites in your yard!

Sunday, September 30 – Take a Sunday stroll through the JCRA. Come anytime during open hours on Sunday. Let your children be your tour guide or grab a bingo card from Tuesday and Thursday if you missed it. This event is on your own.

We look forward to seeing you all in the gardens soon.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Perennial Border and the Necessary
Passiflora 'Purple Haze'   Hibiscus makinoi

Passiflora 'Purple Haze'
hybrid passion flower


Hibiscus makinoi
sea hibiscus

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium   Zephyranthes 'Grandjax'

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
aromatic aster


Zephyranthes 'Grandjax'

Dahlia 'Ellen Huston'   Cosmos sulphureus

Dahlia 'Ellen Huston'
garden dahlia


Cosmos sulphureus
orange cosmos

Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea   Colocasia gigantea
Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea
pink oxblood-lily
  Colocasia gigantea
giant elephant ear

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

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

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 - "Staff Favorites"

Plantsmen's Tour Video - Mark Weathington - "Staff Favorites"

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 = root

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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