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August 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Kid-approved Winners

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

August Events

Orchid Growers Day
Hosted by the Triangle Orchid Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 AM

Children's Program
Garden Storytime
Friday, August 9, 2013
10:30 AM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Perennials for Shade"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
9:00 AM

Children's Program
Summer "Tree-ats" Series
"A Bug's Life"
Thursday, August 15, 2013
10:00 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Outlook for Turkey's Agriculture"
S. Metin Kara, Ph.D., Department of Field Crops, Ordu University, Turkey
Thursday, August 15, 2013
7:30 PM

"The Great 70 Degree B.C. Getaway"
Sunday, August 18–Saturday, August 24, 2013
Registration closed

Children's Program
Garden Storytime
Friday, August 23, 2013
10:30 AM

Kid-approved Winners

Winning photograph by Dave Hattori

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

At the end June, the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association had their annual Landscape Color Field Day at the Arboretum. Professionals spent the day learning about accenting their landscapes with color, pest management issues, tropical plants, tips on production, and new research results from NC State's Department of Horticultural Science.

Professionals aren't the only ones who get a voice around here. Thirty children and their families participated in two programs following the Landscape Color Field Day. I led the Garden Storytime along with help from volunteers, while Bernadette Clark and Tim Alderton led the Kid Approved Annual Trial Day. We read Lois Ehlert's Growing a Rainbow and made colorful rainbows from plant catalog pictures during Garden Storytime. And, Bernadette and Tim explained the Annual Color Trials program, helped the kids take measurements of plants just like Bernadette does, and then traveled the globe to find the native homes of some of this year’s trial plants.

Garden Storytime

When each group was finished, each child received flags to mark their favorite plants. Some knew exactly where to put their flags. Others walked up and down the rows several times not able to pick just three favorites. I think the only reason they ever made up their minds was because we had a hot dog lunch waiting for them!

Winning photograph by Dave Hattori

The votes have been tallied, and we have our first ever gold, silver, and bronze Kid Approved Winners from the Annual Color Trials.

Gold Medal Kid Approved Winners

  • Dianthus '13BP01' (hybrid dianthus) submitted by All-America Selections
  • Petunia (Whispers™ Star Rose petunia) submitted by Syngenta Flowers

Silver Medal Kid Approved Winners

  • Angelonia angustifolia 'Balarcwite' (Archangel White angelonia) submitted by Ball FloraPlant
  • Lantana 'Flortanapi' (Little Lucky Hot Pink lantana) submitted by Ball FloraPlant
  • Portulaca (Cupcake Yellow 72 purslane) submitted by Dummen
  • Ipomoea batatas (Floramia Nero compact sweet potato) submitted by Dummen

Bronze Medal Kid Approved Winners

  • Celosia argentea var. cristata Plumosa Group (First Flame feathered celosia) submitted by PanAmerican Seed
  • Dianthus (Amazon Rose Magic dianthus) submitted by All-America Selections
  • Dianthus (Noverna Coral dianthus) submitted by All-America Selections
  • Geranium (Pinto™ Premium Violet geranium) submitted by Syngenta Flowers
  • Gomphrena (Las Vegas Purple globe amaranth) submitted by Benary
  • Gypsophila muralis (Gypsy White low baby’s breath) submitted by Sakata
  • Lantana 'Balluceagl' (Little Lucky Peach Glow lantana) submitted by Ball FloraPlant
  • Lobelia (Bella Donna lobelia) submitted by Dummen
  • Pennisetum 'Tift 8' (Vertigo® purple Napier grass) submitted by Proven Winners
  • Petunia 'BHTUN6202' (Supertunia® Flamingo petunia) submitted by Proven Winners
  • Rudbeckia hirta (Denver Daisy black-eyed Susan) submitted by Benary

Come out to the Arboretum and look for the kid’s favorites. While you’re here, pick up a schedule of children’s events. If you don’t have children, share it with someone who does! Help spread the love of gardening and outdoors with a child.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Lananta camera 'Citrus Salad'
Musella lasiocarpa   ×Amarcrinum memoria-corsii 'Howardii'

Musella lasiocarpa
Chinese yellow banana


×Amarcrinum memoria-corsii 'Howardii'

Bauhunia   Buddleja 'Summer Frost'

white orchid tree


Buddleja 'Summer Frost'

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii 'Pumpkin'   Crinum 'Summer Nocturne'

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii 'Pumpkin'
flame anisacanthus


Crinum 'Summer Nocturne'

Echinacea purpurea 'Merlot'   Heteropterys glabra

Echinacea purpurea 'Merlot'
eastern purple coneflower


Heteropterys glabra

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in August 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 July.

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

Plantsmen's Tour Video - "The Summer 2013 Interns' Top Picks" - Tom Gargano, Ben Jones, Jeremy Sanders, and Ginny Young - 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 =

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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