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April 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

April at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Spring Garden Conservancy's Open Days Garden Tour

JCRA's Great 70 Degree BC Getaway

A Special JCRA Day at Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center

Gala in the Garden

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

April Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Sponsored by the Eastern North Carolina Iris Society and the JCRA
"Miniature Dwarf Bearded Irises"
Bob Pries, Eastern North Carolina Iris Society
Thursday, April 4, 2013

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

13th Annual Birdhouse Competition
Sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Wake Audubon Society, Pennington Seed, the North Carolina Bluebird Society, and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Entries Accepted
Friday, April 5, 2013
10:00 AM–6:00 PM,
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013
12:00 PM–5:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Plant List Available
Members Only Preview Sale
Friday, April 5, 2013
4:00 PM–7:00 PM,
Open to the Public
Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Raulston Blooms!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"I Have a Feeling I'm Not in Zone 4 Anymore—JCRA Favorites for a Wisconsin Native"
Lizzi Lathers, Research Technician
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00 PM

Seasonal Garden Photography Workshop
"Finding Your Creative Voice in the Spring Garden"
Susan Bailey and Mary Doherty
Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:00 AM–3:00 PM

Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2013
12:00 PM–5:00 PM

Chidlren's Program
Early Release Afternoon
"Celebrate Earth Day"
Friday, April 19, 2013
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture/Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"Great Gardens, Part II: "South Africa, Italy, France, and Brazil"
David White, Chair, Piedmont Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society
Saturday, April 20, 2013

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

Children's Program
Garden Storytime
Friday, April 26, 2013
10:30 AM

Gala in the Garden
Sunday, April 28, 2013
3:30 PM–7:00 PM

Plant of the Month

Buxus sempervirens 'Unraveled'

Buxus sempervirens 'Unraveled'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Almost all boxwoods in cultivation in the temperate zone are from the European and some Asian species, with the vast majority of landscape plants being selections of Buxus sempervirens. This species enjoys a relatively wide natural range from southwestern and west central Europe to west Asia and around the Mediterranean including northwest Africa. Common boxwood, as it is known, makes a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub or tree which can grow to over 25' tall in the wild if left unpruned. The small leaves give boxwood a fine texture and the wood is extremely dense and durable and so has been used for musical instruments, small boxes, and for woodcut printing. The wood is actually so dense that it is one of the few types which will sink in water.

Boxwoods are used often for their formality in symmetrical foundation plantings and as formal hedges and parterres. The selection 'Unraveled' from the plantsmen at Yucca Do Nursery in Texas takes an abrupt departure from its buttoned-down relatives. Instead of forming an upright oval, it arches and cascades down for an elegant but very different effect. Unlike the old selections of weeping or pendulous boxwoods which were more irregular with drooping tips, 'Unraveled' is a true weeping plant.

Specimens of the lovely B. sempervirens 'Unraveled' can be staked up with a central leader and allowed to form a small, weeping tree or allowed to grow as they will forming a spreading shrub 4' tall by about 7' wide. The plant makes an outstanding four season specimen flanking a doorway or growing in a decorative pot but can also be used in mass on a dry hillside or cascading over a wall. It can also be used much like a traditional boxwood but will give a softer, less formal appearance which fits in well with modern landscapes.

'Unraveled' is the newest addition to the JCRA's and Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association's Choice Plants marketing program. It's available in limited supply this spring at some local garden centers.


April at the JC Raulston Arboretum

JCRA Plant Sale

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

What an April to remember at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Visit often—visit today! Check for event details on the JCRA's Calendar of Events Web page.

Here's a few of the exciting things happening in the first week in April.

JCRA Plant Sale

Members Only Preview Sale
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Plant list available on Web site.

Open to the Public
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Birdhouse Competition

Entries Accepted
Friday, April 5, 2013 (Friday) – 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

Raulston Blooms!

Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Raulston Blooms!Joining the JCRA Plant Sale and the 13th Annual Birdhouse Competition is Raulston Blooms! There is something for everyone at this family-friendly day of green activities featuring beekeeping, birding, photography, backyard (urban) chickens, growing plants from seeds, container gardening, growing vegetables at home, home pruning, a maze, and college student clubs and organizations providing a variety of great food. The event partners with green industry professionals, local businesses, and NC State University student groups. Community artists have been invited to display and sell their work. Please come out for the day and support the JCRA and all these fine partners! The event is free event, but bring your cash or checks, as there will be lots of opportunities to purchase art, good food, and fun crafts for the whole family.

Spring Garden Conservancy's Open Days Garden Tour

Amelia and Richard's Garden

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2013 – 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

For many years, the Raleigh area Open Days garden tours have been featured in September, and these fall tours will again be offered on September 21 and 22, 2013. We are pleased to present the new April Open Days experience, so garden enthusiasts may visit these lovely spring gardens. Please check this Web site for all the details.

Admission is $5.00 per garden, or get tickets six for $25.00 in advance at the JC Raulston Arboretum or at the gardens during the Open Days. No reservations required.

JCRA's Great 70 Degree BC Getaway

by Christine Ramsey, JCRA Volunteer

Escape our summer heat on a week-long tour of the lush landscapes and gardens of British Columbia

Beginning August 18, 2013, join Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, for an unforgettable trip to the Vancouver and Victoria regions of balmy British Columbia.

Enjoy average high temperatures of 70 degrees, cool nights and long sunny days as you tour world famous gardens, botanical collections, and some of Canada's greatest green spaces.

Trip highlights include:

The Butchart Gardens—The temperate climate of Vancouver Island insures year-round blooms in this world famous garden of exquisite views, fanciful birdhouses, and stunning Japanese and Italian designs. The rose garden is unforgettable and should be at its high-summer peak during our visit.

University of BC Botanical Garden—One of the leading research institutes in North America, the garden is particularly noted for its vast, mature Asian collection which is perhaps the largest on the continent. Several other splendid gardens from the British Columbia Rainforest Garden to the Alpine Garden to the Nitobe Memorial Garden are delightful in midsummer; and the unique Greenheart Canopy Walkway puts visitors literally in the treetops.

Dr. Sun Ya-Sen Classical Chinese Garden—A walled oasis in Vancouver’s bustling Chinatown, the garden was designed by monks to calm the busy minds of scholars. Called the Garden of Ease, it uses the elements of rock, water, and plants to achieve highly stylized classical harmony and balance.

Plus Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Abkhazi Garden, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory, Beacon Hill Park, Hatley Castle and Hatley Park Historic Site Gardens, Glendale Gardens and Woodlands at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, and some memorable nature sites; all at their summer peak.

For more information on JCRA's Great 70 degree B.C. Getaway contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

A Special JCRA Day at Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

On Saturday, April 13, Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center is sponsoring a special, new event to benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum. In addition to a great discount given to JCRA members, there will be food truck vendors and NC State's Howling Cow ice cream. Proceeds to benefit the Arboretum.

Additionally, Jo Ann Dewar's fabulous garden (included in the Spring Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour) is just to the left of Fairview's parking lot. What a perfect opportunity to see a wonderful garden and do a little spring garden shopping—while supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum. Many thanks to the Rollins/Dewar family for sponsoring JCRA Day!

Gala in the Garden

Amelia and Richard's Garden

Sunday, April 28, 2013 – 3:30 PM–7:00 PM

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Set in the Arboretum’s beautiful springtime gardens, the Gala in the Garden—An Asian Reflection will transport you and your guests to the magic of the Orient.

The annual Gala in the Garden has been a Raleigh garden party experience since 1991, and it is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year with proceeds supporting daily operations, plant collections, and educational programs.

For more details or to register, please visit the JCRA's Web site. Or, contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu if you have any questions or would like to become a 2013 sponsor.

$90 per person
($30 is a tax-deductible gift)
Register online!
It's easy and secure.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'   Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'

Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
Raulston allspice


Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'
pink Japanese snowball viburnum

Hippeastrum 'Baby Star'   Aesculus ×carnea 'Rosea'

Hippeastrum 'Baby Star'
garden amaryllis


Aesculus ×carnea 'Rosea'
red horse chestnut

Taxus cuspidata 'Aurescens'   Paeonia 'Urania'

Taxus cuspidata 'Aurescens'
Piedmont azalea


Paeonia 'Urania'
tree peony

Agave scabra   Cercis 'Big John'

Agave scabra
rough agave

  Cercis 'Big John'
hybrid redbud

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in April 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 March.

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 - "Politics in the Garden" - Noel Kingsbury, Ph.D. - Click to Play

Plantsmen's Tour - "Magnolias and Early Blooming Companions" - Click to Play

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden" - Jane Baber White - Click to Play

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 = bloom

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

(919) 515-3132


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