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March 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

JCRA Internships: A Win-win!

Gala in the Garden

What's Happening for Children at the JCRA in March?

Other Exciting March Programs

April at the JC Raulston Arboretum: Spring Forward Check Your Calendar

Something for Every Member: 2013 Membership Benefits Program

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

March Events

Children's Program
Family Art Workshop
"Exploring Color and Texture with Watercolor Paint"
Emily Reece
Sunday, March 3, 2013
2:30 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"The Politics of the Garden"
Noel Kingsbury, Ph.D., Garden Writer
Thursday, March 7, 2013

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

Gardening Workshop
"The Rabbit's Eye View—Long Term Plant Performance"
Noel Kingsbury, Ph.D., Garden Writer
Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00 AM

Triangle Camellia Society's 4th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale
Hosted by the Triangle Camellia Society in cooperation with the American Camellia Society, the JC Raulston Arboretum, and the Raleigh Garden Club
Entries Accepted
Saturday, March 9, 2013
8:00 AM–10:00 AM
Plant Sale
10:00 AM–4:00 PM
1:00 PM–5:00 PM

Children's Program
Family Art Workshop
"Exploring Color, Texture, and Nature's Shapes, and Patterns with Collage"
Emily Reece
Sunday, March 10, 2013
2:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Magnolias and Early Blooming Companions"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, March 12, 2012
1:00 PM

Children's Program
Early Release Afternoon Art
"Drawing Enrichment Workshop"
Emily Reece
Friday, March 15, 2013
1:00 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
"Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden"
Jane Baber White, Anne Spencer's Garden
Saturday, March 16, 2013

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

Children's Program
March Garden Storytime
Friday, March 22, 2013
10:30 AM

Spring Symposium
"Magnolia Mayhem"
A Magnolia Study Day
Friday, March 22, 2013
8:30 AM
Saturday, March 23, 2013
8:00 AM

Children's Program
Second Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Friday–Sunday, March 23–31, 2013
All Day, Every Day

Plant of the Month

Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'

Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Few plant brighten the early spring garden quite like redbuds. Our own woodlands come alive with the lavender flowers of Cercis canadensis before almost any other blooming native tree and the same can be said for the west coast, Mexico, and southern Europe all of whom have their own native species of redbud. Asia is blessed with quite a few different species but the most commonly found is C. chinensis.

In 1996, the JCRA received seed from the University of Nebraska that had been wild-collected in Hubei province in China. By 1997, it had grown to 1' tall and was soon planted out on the grounds. Staff thought highly enough of this plant to transplant it in 2000 to make way for the construction of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. In its new location, it continued to shine and was given the name 'Kay's Early Hope' in early 2009.

This lovely small tree is distinguished by its exceptionally long flowering period. It is generally among the first of the JCRA's redbuds to flower and continuing until well after the leaves emerge for a display from March until the end of April. The sheer volume of flowers from near the tips of the branches down to the oldest trunks makes an exceptional display of pink-lavender over an extended period. Following the flowers are lovely, heart-shaped leaves which hold up well under the high heat and humidity of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

'Kay's Early Hope' 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.


JCRA Internships: A Win-win!

The summer 2012 interns

by Anne 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 is in the process of 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 or Anne Porter if you would like more information on how you can help.

You may also give directly to the JCRA Internship Program.

Gala in the Garden

Gala in the Garden - An Asian Reflection

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.

Upon entering the grounds of the Arboretum, guests will wind their way through the newly constructed Asian Valley pathway, the Japanese Garden, and the Lath House, featuring collections of more than 700 plants, including many new additions from Asia. From there, guests will continue to the main event area and delight in gourmet foods, signature drinks, and always the highlight of the event—a silent auction where guests may bid on an eclectic array of auction items, including many one-of-a-kind and exceptional plants.

Gala in the Garden

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.

The 2013 Gala will offer new experiences for guests, including a new finale program with delightful Asian entertainment, NC State Howling Cow ice cream, and other sweet treats.

Please 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.

What's Happening for Children at the JCRA in March?

by Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

New art programs, that's what!

Join local artist, Emily Reece, for two special Family Art Workshops (March 3 and 10) and an Early Release Afternoon Drawing Workshop. The Family Art Workshops are for children ages 6 and up with a parent, grandparent, or other adult and will cover watercolor painting and collages. The Early Release Afternoon Drawing Workshop is for youth ages 12–16 and will use Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards to explore contour drawing, positive and negative space drawing, and shading.

Garden Storytimes start back this month and continue through the spring and summer. Check out our Calendar of Events for more information about any of the upcoming programs. Hope to you see soon!

Other Exciting March Programs

by Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

In addition to several children's programs, the JCRA has many other offerings in March. Noel Kingsbury comes to North Carolina in early March on a speaking tour. He's presenting a Friends of the Arboretum Lecture titled "Politics in the Garden" on March 7 and leading a workshop titled "The Rabbit's Eye View—Long Term Plant Performance" on March 9. The Triangle Camellia Society hosts their 4th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale on March 9.

And, on March 22 and 23, the JCRA proudly presents "Magnolia Mayhem," a magnolia study day/symposium. The symposium begins with an optional tour to Tom Krenitsky's private garden, the Charles R. Keith Arboretum, and Camellia Forest Nursery. Saturday's activities include presentations by Kevin Parris and Aaron Schettler and magnolia collection tours with Mark Weathington and Aaron.

There are many more programs in March. Look at the sidebar to the left for a complete list.

To register for the workshop or symposium, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

April at the JC Raulston Arboretum: Spring Forward Check Your Calendar

by Anne Porter, Director of Development, Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator, and Christine Ramsey, Volunteer

In addition to many great events in March, there are even more coming up in April at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Check for event details in the JCRA’s Calendar of Events for details. Here's a few of the exciting things happening in April.

The first weekend is a three ring humdinger—three free events all on one weekend!

JCRA Plant Sale

Members Only Preview Sale
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

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

The weekend begins early with JCRA's Annual Plant Sale featuring unusual and difficult to find plants ready for the landscape. The plants are available for purchase in the Brick Parking Circle in front of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. The preview sale on Friday evening is open only to members, but tell your friends that they may join that evening and get first pick! Everyone is welcome on Saturday. JCRA members receive a 10% discount both days.

Raulston Blooms!

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

Raulston Blooms!A new event this year 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 nine College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student clubs and organizations providing a variety of great food. The event partners with green industry professionals, local businesses, and the 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, but bring your cash as there will be lots of opportunities to purchase art, good food, and fun crafts for the whole family.

13th Annual Birdhouse Competition

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

Birdhouse CompetitionIt's that time of year again! The Birdhouse Competition returns to the JC Raulston Arboretum. If making birdhouses is not your thing, then looking at them should be. The creations range from barrels of laughs to studies in craftsmanship and beauty. Pack up the whole brood and join the fun.

The competition is open to adults and children. If you love the natural world and unique garden art, get out your sketch pad, paints, and tool box. The competition is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about bird habitats, while expressing your own creativity. Drop off your entry on Friday, April 5 from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM.

The second weekend in April is just as exciting. We're offering the first workshop in a four part seasonal photography workshop and the first ever Raleigh area Open Days Tour in spring.

Seasonal Garden Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 8:00 AM–3:00 PM

Join the JCRA and two award-winning photographers/instructors for a series of four seasonal photography workshops with the accent on creativity. Learn to create more powerful, meaningful outdoor images with your camera. Learn to celebrate the special joys of each season in a beautiful outdoor setting. Register for one or all of the workshops by calling Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

Spring 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

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

For many years, the Raleigh area Open Days 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 Tour experience so garden enthusiasts may visit these lovely spring gardens. For more information about the tour, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

Admission is $5.00 per person per garden or six gardens for $25.00. The tour benefits the Garden Conservancy and the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Something for Every Member: 2013 Membership Benefits Program

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 all the 2013 updates, please visit the JCRA's Web site.

The JC Raulston Arboretum 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.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Elm Circle
Tulipa whittallii   Paeonia 'Phoenix White'

Tulipa whittallii


Paeonia 'Phoenix White'

Corylopsis sinensis var. calvescens f. veitchiana   Stachyurus 'Carolina Parakeet'

Corylopsis sinensis var. calvescens f. veitchiana
Veitch's winterhazel


Stachyurus 'Carolina Parakeet' 
variegated spike-tail

Rhododendron canescens 'Varnadoes Phlox Pink'   Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt'

Rhododendron canescens 'Varnadoes Phlox Pink'
Piedmont azalea


Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt'
star magnolia

Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'   Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'

Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'
dark-flowered Texas redbud

  Viburnum obovatum 'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'
dwarf Walter's viburnum

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

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 - "Creative Stone Possibilities: Solving Problems and Creating Whimsical Structures with Ston Creatively" - Graham Fry - Click to Play

Plantsmen's Tour - "Winter Color" - Click to Play

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "Mining the Balkans for Great Plants" - Tony Avent - 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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