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Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter
Spring 2009 – Volume 13, Number 1


Planting the Seeds for Development

By Anne M. Porter, Director of Development

2009 Gala in the Garden

Enchanted Garden: A Botanical Fantasy

Sunday, May 3, 2009
3:00 PM–7:00 PM

Please join us for an enchanted garden party. Escape the everyday for an afternoon of magical delights and merriment … as you stroll around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling botanical and non-botanical silent auction items. The Gala is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the "enchanted gardens" and entertain family, friends, and business associates … while sipping on a cool drink and sampling gourmet treats. It is sure to be a delightful afternoon of whimsy and merriment to delight the senses—a Raleigh garden party like no other!

Honorary Chairs
Rufus and Linda Edmisten

Event Chairs
Cyndy Allison
Tori Callanan

Event Committee
Jill Adams
Cyndy Allison
Jayme Bednarczyk
Ted Bilderback
John Buettner
Tori Callanan
Kathy Deal
Rufus and Linda Edmisten
Carol Fishman
Larry Handcock
Barbara Kennedy
Charlie Kidder
Anita Kuehne
Marjorie O'Keeffe
Anne Porter
Jackie Wynne
Helen Yoest

Gala in the Garden Silent Auction
The silent auction is always a favorite entertainment of the Gala. Whether guests are bidding on outstanding and unusual plants, resort packages, signed memorabilia and books, concert tickets, fine handcrafted jewelry, or vintage scotch—it is guaranteed to be great fun and great competition! If you would like to donate a special item for the auction, please visit our Web site or contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or

Event Sponsors
The Gala in the Garden is the Arboretum's main fund-raising event of the year, with the proceeds going to support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public garden displays. Won't you consider supporting the JCRA by becoming a Gala sponsor? It's an enchanting way to entertain business guests or a special treat for your staff. For more sponsorship information, please visit our Web site, call Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826, or e-mail her at

The JCRA Flags

Vanette McKinneyEver drive by the Arboretum or walk up the sidewalk along the District X Garden Club of North Carolina Wall Garden and suddenly a burst of color catches your eye? Well, you can thank our good friend, Vanette McKinney! Vanette has been graciously donating her time, talents, and resources for many years, and the flags make a fanciful addition to our beautiful gardens. Vanette even added three pink flags at the front entrance in remembrance of NC State Coach Kay Yow. Thanks, Vanette! We appreciate your gifts!

Members Making News

The JCRA is extremely fortunate to have so many talented friends and donors. If you are a "member making news" or know of one, please share it with us.

On November 20, 2008, Cyndy Allison, owner of Willow Tree Landscaping in Raleigh, (and the 2009 Gala Event Co-chair) was recognized with the Residential Contracting Distinction Award given by the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association. To learn more about Cyndy's garden designs and other awards, visit: Way to go, Cyndy!

Bland Landscaping Co. was also honored on the same evening with the Commercial Landscape Installation Merit Award for their fine work on the Oberlin Court Apartments.

Pam Beck and Tony Avent are the local area subcommittee chairs for the 2009 Garden Writers Conference, being held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, from September 23–27.

Helen Yoest has a new Web site and blog that are not only very cool, but she also mentions the JCRA frequently. (Thanks, Helen! We appreciate the great PR!) Check them out: and

Something Worth Looking Into

Looking for new ways to support the JCRA … or other charities of your choice? This could be an opportunity worth looking into!

President Bush signed the $700 billion economic bailout bill (H.R. 1424, The Financial Rescue Package), which includes a two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision.

Here are the highlights and limitations:
The provision applies to IRA gifts made in 2008 and 2009 (January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2009).
The donor must be age 70½ or older.
The donor can give up to $100,000 per year out of his/her IRA.
The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (donor cannot fund a planned gift such as a charitable trust or charitable gift annuity with his/her IRA gift).
There is no income tax on the IRA distributions as long as they are directly transferred to a qualified non-profit.

Why This Is a Good Thing!
The IRA Rollover gives individuals more tax-efficient alternatives to support the charities of their choice—like the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Save-the-date for Open Days Garden Tours

By Anne M. Porter, Director of Development, with Garden Descriptions by Respective Hosts

The Thompson GardenThe JCRA is excited to once again be part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days. For more information regarding the program and to see the nationwide schedule of the 2009 Open Days, please visit

Tickets may be purchased for $5 each (or books of six for $25) at the JCRA a month prior to the Raleigh tour; or, during the event at the JCRA or any of the individual gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to see many spectacular private and public gardens while supporting the JCRA.

The Raleigh Open Days will be September 19 and 20, 2009. The tour begins at the JC Raulston Arboretum and features the following spectacular gardens. Just a little something to whet your appetite!

Featured Gardens

Phil Abbot and Jayme Bednarczyk
1025 Traders Trail, Wake Forest

Hopeful dreams entwined with patience and time,
Cherry trees bloom amidst whispering pines.
A hand-built home grew among fruitful trees,
Passive solar sited to capture the breeze.
Upon stone walls climbing roses scramble,
Interlaced clematis delight and ramble.
A south-facing room in need of a view,
To embrace the sunlight—geothermal too.
After clearing some pines, light and energy found,
Now a beautiful lake where habitat abounds.
Entwined gardens with curvilinear walls,
Terraced and planted, space to gather for all.
Plants for food, plants for shelter,
Plants for fragrance, interwoven color with texture.
Pathways meander, through a garden of splendor,
Hearts and souls are nourished and remember.
Villa and garden—with European appeal,
Hand-built passion entwined—the dream revealed.

Falls Revival
Jeff Bottoms and John Martin
12160 Falls of Neuse Road, Wake Forest

A historic valley provides the setting for this garden, overlooking a hillside cemetery, a quaint little church, and a cluster of old millhouses. Mature trees, remnant vineyards and orchards, heirloom shrubs, and a casual cottage style all help to anchor this garden in that nostalgic world. A backyard nursery, boasting a wide range of exotic and unusual plants, adds an unusual twist; here is a collector's garden with traditional roots but with a fresh eye for the new and different, fending for itself against modern-day environmental pressures.

Rose Cottage
Jim and Sharon Bright
115 N. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh

Rose Cottage is an intimate city garden located in Raleigh's downtown historic district. The gardens arose out of an old graveled parking lot. This once barren spot has been transformed into a lush and tranquil oasis of color and fragrance. It abounds with a large variety of plants. The garden setting includes perennial beds, a parterre filled with a annuals, a pergola draped in wisteria, a woodland garden, raised vegetable beds, a secret garden, and a compost operation. The latest addition is a garden cottage, as charming as it is useful.

The Paisley Garden
Julia Kornegay and Alfredo Escobar
5237 Leiden Lane, Raleigh

Avid do-it-yourselfers, Julia and Alfredo's one-acre garden reflects their passion for plant collections displayed in a paisley pattern of color and whim that is still evolving. In the heart of the garden is a stone-bordered pond with a stream and waterfall. Gentle paths meander through woodlands and sunny spaces. A vine-covered arbor provides a restful sitting area. In the front garden, a new vegetable garden greets visitors. A propagation greenhouse, shed, potting bench, and compost bins are located in the garden nursery.

Helen's Haven
David Philbrook and Helen Yoest
3412 Yelverton Circle, Raleigh

Low boxwood hedges are used to create a formal atmosphere to complement the formal architecture of this Georgian Colonial style home. Within these hedges are informal plantings of perennials and annuals to attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Helen's Haven is a certified wildlife habitat and a certified Monarch Watch Station. Using water-wise design principles and watered with harvested rain, this organic garden demonstrates good environmental practices, resulting in a colorful, lush garden. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens, watching the butterflies alight and seeing enough birds to delight.

The Thompson Garden
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
119 Ravenna Way, Cary

The beauty of this suburban garden begins at street side where a path beckons you to enter and share in this preview of the abundant plantings that follow. The front garden is a delight of shrubs and perennials, showcasing a spectacular thread leaf Japanese maple. Upon entering the brick walkway at the arbor, you view a gently sloping garden with curved borders and pathways outlined with recycled concrete. These recycled concrete borders and retaining walls are consistent throughout the garden. Beds are richly planted with perennials, featuring a mix of native and specialty plants, including tropicals, all in perfect harmony. A small pond can be found along the network of twisting trails that lead through the woods to a community lake. Each area of this garden will elicit a sense of discovery and serendipity in plants, woods, and water.

Seasonal Celebrations

By Helen Yoest, JCRA Board Member and Volunteer

Friends Hosting Friends Anytime in 2009!

Last year on June 21, 2008, we began a new fund raiser for the JCRA. It was such a success, many of us wanted to do it again. However, there was a problem: how could we go to a party and have one at the same time? Plus, there were others who wanted to open their gardens in winter or spring or a holiday, or … you get the idea.

So, for 2009, we will host parties anytime! You pick the date, we will all celebrate! We will gather friends to host a party—many parties—across the state to celebrate the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. This celebration is to raise money for the Arboretum.

The party concept is the same; it can be any party of the host's choosing—it could be for cocktails, tapas, pizza, or more … it could be burgers, chicken, fish, and s'more … it could be cloth napkins, silver, and china galore … your home, your garden, your style, your taste … you set the time, menu, décor, and pace.

Each host will ask friends for a donation to attend. This set amount is up to the host. These parties will be in cottage gardens, patio gardens, rose gardens, and future gardens—each venue unique to the friend hosting the event, thus each donation unique to those attending! Invite your book club, garden club, neighbors, or choir! Maybe even your doctor, dentist, or secret desire! Delight with friends and host an event.

The JC Raulston Arboretum will provide invitations for the host. The host underwrites the party receiving a gift-in-kind tax deduction. The guest receives a tax deduction for their donation. The money raised will help support the implementation of the Arboretum's master plan.

Contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or or Helen Yoest at if you wish to host a party or need more information.

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