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June 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Name-the-dragon Contest

Exciting June Children's Programs

A Very Special Award to Honor J. C. Raulston

Summer Solstice Family Fun Night

Summer 2013 Interns

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

June Events

Propagation Workshop
Lizzi Lathers and Mark Weathington
Saturday, June 1, 2013
9:00 AM

Mastering Lightroom Digital Photography Workflow
Hosted by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Tim Grey
Saturday, June 1, 2013

9:00 AM

Chidlren's Program
Terrarium Workshop
Sunday, June 9, 2013
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Summer Perennials"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
9:00 AM

Children's Program
Garden Storytime
Friday, June 28, 2013
10:30 AM

Children's Program
Kid Approved Annual Trial Day
Friday, June 28, 2013
10:30 AM

Floral Design Workshop
Summer Garden
Jihye Schumann, American Institute of Floral Designers Member
Saturday, June 29, 2013
9:00 AM

Floral Design Workshop
Contemporary Centerpiece
Jihye Schumann, American Institute of Floral Designers Member
Saturday, June 29, 2013
1:00 PM


British Columbia Trip
"The Great 70 Degree B.C. Getaway"
Sunday, August 18–Saturday, August 24, 2013

Name-the-dragon Contest

JCRA's ice cream eating dragon

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Who doesn't love NC State's Howling Cow ice cream? The JC Raulston Arboretum's dragon loves it, too! Help us find the perfect name for our dragon, and you're automatically entered to win a three-gallon tub of NC State's Howling Cow ice cream in the flavor of your choice.

Submit your favorite name for the dragon on our Facebook page. Adding a photograph with your naming entry is a great way to get more like votes! While on Facebook, like the JCRA page. Don't use Facebook? Just e-mail your favorite dragon name to Anne Porter at anne_porter@ncsu.edu, and she'll post it for you.

There are two ways to win—a random drawing of all names submitted and the winning name. The dragon's new name will be selected by the number of Facebook likes and by a panel of judges. The deadline is August 1, 2013, so don't delay! Limit one naming entry per Facebook comment or e-mail, but you may enter as many times as you want.

Exciting June Children's Programs

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

June brings the end of school for most students and the start of summer. When you're planning your summer break activities, don't forget to include our summer programs.

Garden Storytimes continue throughout the summer. If you'd like to join us, register early to reserve your space. Most storytimes fill up quickly!

Our first ever Kid Approved Annual Trial Day is June 28. Younger children, ages three to five, will participate in Garden Storytime while older siblings and children, ages six and up, will join us to learn about the Annual Color Trials. At the end of the programs, each child will have the task of picking their favorite five annuals in the trial beds and the reward of a hot dog lunch! The plants receiving the most votes will be crowned with gold, silver, and bronze Kid Approved medals and announced on our Web site after the voting.

A Very Special Award to Honor J. C. Raulston

J. C. Raulston

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

On July 22, 2013, in Palm Desert, California, the American Society of Horticultural Science will posthumously award J. C. Raulston its ASHS Hall of Fame Award.

ASHS's Hall of Fame Award honors distinguished persons who have made extraordinary contributions to horticulture. Its purpose is to educate and inform younger members of the profession and the general public about the important contributions of horticultural pioneers who made significant impacts on horticulture and how their achievements contributed to the science and profession of horticulture and to the greater public good.

A Hall of Fame Award plaque inscribed with J. C.'s name and an engraved likeness will be installed at ASHS headquarters. Additionally, a narrative about J. C.'s contributions and impact on horticulture will be published in HortScience. Look for more details in the fall edition of our newsletter.

Summer Solstice Family Fun Night

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

Join us for the summer solstice on June 21. This year's celebration is growing with the addition of the Deli.icious food truck and a movie in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, but it still includes the favorites— outdoor games and Howling Cow ice cream. Deli.icous will open up the truck at 5:30 PM in the Brick Parking Circle. The $2 per person admission buys you a Howling Cow ice cream cup and an evening filled with fun outdoor games on the event lawn starting at 6:00 PM. The movie selection is The Lorax which starts at 7:00 PM in the McSwain Center. Bring your blankets to sprawl out while watching the movie indoors. Only 175 tickets will be sold at $1 each for the movie, so make sure to reserve yours early. Finally, enjoy the sunset at 8:34 PM on the longest day of the year. Mark your calendars and don't miss the fun!

For questions or to register for all upcoming children programs and events, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7011. Please note Elizabeth's new telephone number.

Summer 2013 Interns

Summe 2013 Interns

by Ted Bilderback, Director

Donald Edwards

Donald interviewed for a JCRA internship, but requested to work as a volunteer with the interns for two weeks before the internship he accepted begins. Don is a senior in horticultural science at NC State; however, he came to horticulture after a career in academic, computer software as well as other professional fields. Don was with us May 13 through May 30.

Tom Gargano

Tom graduated from NC State with a degree in horticultural science in May 2013. Tom was a Longwood Gardens summer arboriculture intern last summer. Tom is considering a public gardens career. He is a native of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Jeremy Sanders

Jeremy is a senior with a major in biology from Shaw University, and is a native of Garner. Jeremy has his own landscaping company with plenty of experience in landscaping planting, hardscape, and irrigation installation, as well as experience and credentials in health care.

Virginia (Ginny) Young

Ginny is a rising senior in landscape architecture with an environmental science minor, but has been also taking classes in horticultural science. She has experience working with architectural and design firms. Ginny was elected as director of the NC State's Student Alumni Association for 2013 and was a student ambassador for the Alumni Association in 2012.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Frolicking dragon
Lantana camara 'Citrus Salad'   Ardisia crenata 'Haku Ho'

Lantana camara 'Citrus Salad'


Ardisia crenata 'Haku Ho'
coral ardisia

Echinacea purpurea 'Elton Knight'   Eucomis 'Reuben'

Echinacea purpurea 'Elton Knight'


Eucomis 'Reuben'
hybrid pineapple lily

Campanula takesimana   Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'

Campanula takesimana
Korean bellflower


Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'
gloriosa lily

√óGordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea'   Hymenocallis 'Advance'

√óGordlinia grandiflora 'Sweet Tea'
mountain gordlinia


Hymenocallis 'Advance'
hybrid spider lily

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in June 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 May.

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 - "Going to Carolina for My Mind ... and the Plants" - Jared Barnes, Graduate Student, NC State University - Click to Play

Plantsmen's Tour - "Spring Explosion" - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - 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 =

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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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