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October 2013 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Plant of the Month

Children's Program Volunteers Needed

Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy

State Employees Combined Campaign

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

October Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Great Gardens and Nature Sites in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Thursday, October 3, 2013
7:30 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
Plant List Available

, October 5, 2013
9:00 AM (arrive by 8:45 AM to check in)

Plantsmen's Tour
"Fall Perennials"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
1:00 PM

Children's Program
Garden Buds—Preschool Fun
"Fall Leaves"
Friday, October 11, 2013
10:00 AM

Children's Program
Girl Scout Badge Workshop
Flower and Gardener Badges
Sunday, October 13, 2013
2:00 PM

Children's Program
WCPSS Early Release Program
"Arboretum Trivia"
Friday, October 18, 2013
2:00 PM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture/Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Spring Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:00 AM

Children's Program
Schools Out!
, October 28, 2013
10:00 AM

Coming Soon

We'll be announcing fall, holiday, Valentin's Day, and spring wreath workshops and winter and summer propagation workshops soon. Stay tuned for details!

Plant of the Month

Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Native perennials are popular in gardens with plants like purple coneflower (Echinacea), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), and butterfly weed (Asclepias) providing color in the sunny garden. Often neglected is our native Veronicastrum virginicum or culver’s rootwhich provides height and elegance to the perennial garden.

Culver's root perhaps suffers from its somewhat unusual common name which perhaps derives from a somewhat archaic, poetic name for dove. It grows throughout the eastern half of North America all the way to east Texas and North Dakota but it is most prevalent farther east. Veronicastrum is typically found in damp spots and moist meadows in the wild.

It makes quite a lovely presence in the garden where the tall stems can grow to 6' or more and are clothed in whorls of lance-shaped leaves. In late spring, spikes to 10" long bearing small white to palest blue flowers are held on the sturdy stems and can last into early summer. There are several lavender flowered forms as well and all seem to be more popular in Europe than here in their homeland.

Culver's root rarely needs staking when grown in full sun but will tend to be more of a sprawling plant when grown in part shade. It makes a welcome addition to the sunny garden where the tall spikes of flowers in the early season are useful. It can be used in rain gardens that are occasionally flooded or other damp spots but will grow in ordinary garden soil as long as it gets some supplemental water during dry spells.

Look for this fantastic native on Saturday, October 5 and many, many other wonderful trees, shrubs, and perennials at the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution. If you aren't a member, there is still time to join and get your share of the thousands of plants we give away to thank our members for their support.

Membership Makes a Difference—To You and to the JCRA

Veronicastrum virginicum

by Judy Morgan-Davis, Membership and Special Projects Coordinator

Fall is such an exciting time to be a JCRA member! Many of our members identify the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution as the most important benefit of membership. Don't miss this year's epic event in public horticulture on October 5. Thousands of plants will be available, and the plant list will be posted on the JCRA's Web site very soon.

If you've never attended the distribution, you'll definitely appreciate the videos that can be found on YouTube. Enjoy high speed renditions of the 2010 and 2011 events, and be sure to read the Commonly Asked Questions section included in the event's announcement. Please note that only members will be admitted to the distribution area; friends, spouses, children will have to stay behind unless they are covered by a membership. Individual memberships are $50 and Family/Dual memberships are $75. Be a part of the excitement—join or renew your membership now!

Children's Program Volunteers Needed

by Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator

The Children's Program has been a huge success and we need volunteers to help in several areas: help presenting programs, develop materials for upcoming programs, research ideas for new programs, lead tours, and help with office tasks. Please contact me, Barbara Kennedy, at barbara_kennedy@ncsu.edu, or (919) 513-7004 to volunteer or for more information.

Buy a Brick … Build a Legacy

Parking Circle

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

Only 13 more shopping weeks … that's shopping for a special engraved brick for the JC Raulston Arboretum's brick circle! What a great holiday gift and a wonderful way to honor or remember a dear friend, family member, or colleague. It is a tax-deductible gift, plus you will be supporting the JC Raulston Arboretum's Endowment for Excellence. Purchase your brick today!

State Employees Combined Campaign

by Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

SECC logoHere is another easy way to support the JC Raulston Arboretum … if you are a state employee and participate in the annual Combined Campaign, please consider designating the JC Raulston Arboretum. It's easy! Just add the JCRA designation SECC Code 1595 on your form. Thank you!

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Perennial Border
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence pink)   Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum'

Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence pink)
garden chrysanthemum


Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum'
leopard plant

Hamamelis virginiana var. mexicana   Rhododendron 'Conlef' (Autumn Cheer™)

Hamamelis virginiana var. mexicana
Mexican witchhazel


Rhododendron 'Conlef' (Autumn Cheer™)
reblooming azalea

Abutilon (Chinese red)   Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Abutilon (Chinese red)
flowering maple


Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
aromatic aster

Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'    Chimonanthus zhejiangensis

Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' 
lime-calyx Mexican sage


Chimonanthus zhejiangensis
glossy chimonanthus

Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'   Osmanthus ×fortunei 'UNC'

Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'
Mexican bush sage


Osmanthus ×fortunei 'UNC'
Fortune's osmanthus

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in October at the Arboretum.

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Four new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in September.

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

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "It's the Soil Stupid-Understanding and Unlocking the Amazing Secrets of the Soil" - Tony Avent - Click to Play

Plantsmen's Tour Video - "Winning Combinations" - Mark Weathington - Click to Play

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmond Chapter) Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - "Xeric Scree Gardens" - Adrienne Roethling - Click to Play

Music in the Garden Video - Featuring Bill Fonteno and Laura Kaderabek - 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 =

Note: The password changed.

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.

JC Raulston Arboretum e-Updates are published electronically every month for everyone interested in the Arboretum and are e-mailed to the Arboretum's members. If you are a member and need to update your contact information or wish to be removed from this mailing, please contact Judy Morgan-Davis.

Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

(919) 515-3132


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