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January 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

JCRA Internships: A Win-win for Students and the Arboretum

Tim and Lizzi's Horticulture Wishlist

You—The Philanthropist: Your Plan, Your Legacy for the Future

Something for Every Members: 2013 Membership Benefits Program

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

January Events

Plantsmen's Tour
"Evergreen Oaks and Maples"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Tropical Travels: Studying, Working, and Interning in Paradise"
Amanda Wilkins, NC State University Horticulture Student and Former JCRA Intern
Thursday, January 10, 2013

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

Children's Program
Children's Winter Discovery Series
"On a Quest"
Sunday, January 13, 2013
2:00 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
"Great Gardens, Part I: "Rambling Roots---Inspiration for Your Landscape from Around the World"
Jared Barnes, Ph.D. Student, NC State University
Saturday, January 19, 2013

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

Children's Program
School's Out!
"Terrarium Workshop"
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
10:30 AM

Children's Program
"Children's Winter Walk"
Friday, January 25, 2013
10:30 AM

JCRA Internships: A Win-win for Students and the Arboretum

summer 2013 interns

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Big thanks to individual friends and organizations of the Arboretum who have supported the JCRA Internship Program. More than 40 students have studied and work at the JCRA since 2003. The internship program has become a vital part of the Arboretum's support of students and our mission of education, plus the interns give so much back to the Arboretum.

Ted Bilderback, director, will soon be advertising and interviewing students for the 2013 summer program, and the intern positions are highly sought after by many talented young people. The JCRA continues to need private funding to support this program, so please contact Ted Bilderback at (919) 513-7006 or ted_bilderback@ncsu.edu or me, Anne Porter, at anne_porter@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-3826 if you would like more information on how you can help. You may also give directly to the JCRA Internship Program at this secure giving Web site.

Tim and Lizzi's Horticulture Wishlist

by Lizzi Lathers, Research Technician

The JCRA's tool selection is not great to say the least, but we make do with what we have. We are a resourceful, determined, and sometimes scrappy crew; however, there are some things we are finding hard to overcome so we're asking for your help at the start of this new year. Tim and I made a list of tools and supplies we find ourselves needing the most. We did the shopping for you, hopefully found the best prices (if you find better prices let us know!), and tried to give you a little background on why we need each tool. We are also open to donations of useful tools that you no longer need. Take a look at our list below. There's a variety of options. If something catches your eye, please make a contribution in the suggested amount to the JCRA's General Fund (select "This gift is in honor or memory of …" check box, select the "support" pull down option after "This gift is in," and type "tool donation" and the name of the item in the blank field) and we'll excitedly purchase the item. Cash and check (made payable to the NC Ag. Foundation and mailed to JCRA, CB 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522) contributions are also welcome.

Silky HAYAUCHI 21' Pole Saw

Think of what we would be able to reach! This is the priciest item on the list, but one of the most necessary. At the moment we are borrowing our intern's … it was that or use the oldest saw I've ever seen. ($205)

Felco 600 Folding Pruning Saw

These are super handy because we can keep them on the Gator or in our pockets for whenever we see that limb (or tree in Tim's case) that just has to go. ($31)

Felco 610 Hand Pruning Saw

Ours is bent and doesn't work as as it should. ($63)

Atlas Gardening Gloves

Lizzi's hands aren't as tough as Tim's. ($5)

John Deere Gator Seat Covers

Our current covers are so old and worn they look like a cat clawed them. (2 at $40 each)

Quarter Turn Brass Shut-off Valves

These shut-off valves are repairable, durable, and definitely worth the extra cost. (6 at $16 each)

Mosser Lee NoDampOff Organic Seed Starting Medium

We use milled sphagnum moss to stratify seeds by placing them in damp sphagnum moss in a baggie in the fridge for a couple months to simulate natural winter conditions. ($12)

Chainsaw Bar (New Nuts and Bolts, too)

Our chainsaw is used for projects too big for hand saws. Unfortunately, ours is damaged so we can't use it to make room for new and exciting plants. ($40)

Replacement Handles for Ax and Mattock

Duct tape can only last so long. ($14 and $31)

You—The Philanthropist: Your Plan, Your Legacy for the Future

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

We all have the opportunity to be philanthropists, and some of our best opportunities come through planning our estates, allowing us to make the decisions about how our assets will be used. Charitable bequests are easy to include in your will and can be for any amount (large or small) and designated for any purpose—like to benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum. Charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts offer the opportunity to receive income for life and significant tax advantages, especially when using assets that have appreciated in value or do not produce much income. Ultimately, these life income agreements become charitable gifts to the Arboretum.

To find out how charitable estate planning can help you and the JC Raulston Arboretum, join us on February 21, 2013 (10:00 AM–12:00 PM) for a free, no-obligation planned giving seminar. De Teague, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences gift planning specialist, will lead the two-hour workshop, concluding with a boxed lunch and plenty of time to ask questions.

What better way to plan for the future and leave a lasting legacy that benefits the JCRA or any other charity of your choice? To register, or for more information, contact me, Anne Porter, at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu or De Teague at (919) 513-2950 or de_teague@ncsu.edu. For more planned giving information, visit the JCRA's Web site.

Something for Every Members: 2013 Membership Benefits Program

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Many local business, area garden centers, nurseries, restaurants, plus the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program are partnering with the JCRA to offer some really fantastic benefits—simply when JCRA members present their current membership cards. For current list of benefit providers, please visit our Web site (2013 updates coming soon).

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 have a business or know of a business that would like to be part of this special benefits program, please contact me, Anne Porter, at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena'
Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling'   Helleborus ×hybridus (double flower)

Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling'
panda wild-ginger


Helleborus ×hybridus (double flower)
double Lenten rose

Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'   Mahonia ×lindsayae 'Cantab'

Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'
winter daphne


Mahonia ×lindsayae 'Cantab'
hybrid mahonia

Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'   Prunus mume 'Josephine'

Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'
fragrant wintersweet


Prunus mume 'Josephine'
Japanese flowering apricot

Calocedrus decurrens 'Berrima Gold'   Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'

Calocedrus decurrens 'Berrima Gold'
golden California incense-cedar

  Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'
spring star flower

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in January 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 December.

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 - "What Has the JCRA's Graduate Student Been Doing These Past Two Years" - Rebecca Pledger

Plantsmen's Tour - "Winter Fragrance"

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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