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April 2014 JCRA e-Update

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Raulston Blooms!

Raulston Blooms!

A Garden Festival for All Ages

By JCRA Staff and Volunteers

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

What is it? Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats at Raulston Blooms! We 're rolling out the red carpet for members, home gardeners, families, and children by offering a day that's packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.


  • Spring Plant Sale
  • Birdhouse Competition
  • Children's activities
    • maze
    • storytime
    • games
    • hands-on learning activities
  • Gardening talks and demonstrations
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Food trucks
  • NC State's Howling Cow ice cream
  • Thousands of plants in our world-famous gardens
Raulston Blooms!

Raulston Blooms!

Children Activities

For kids there will be a grassy maze, story time, games, and hands-on learning experiences.


Adults can see and hear expert demonstrations on a variety of home gardening topics: growing heirloom tomatoes, DIY fence building, container gardening, composting, propagation, seasonal cooking, and more.

Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale

Gardeners love buying hard to find plants selected by JCRA staffers especially for our climate. Members save 10%.

Members-only Preview Sale

Members can shop early on Friday, April 4 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

14th Annual Birdhouse Competition

Birdhouse Competition

The birdhouse competition, which draws entries in categories from age six to adult, is inspiring, fanciful, and fun! It's a perennial hit with everyone from serious bird watchers and nature photographers to school classes and scouts.

It's a Great Time to Be a Member of the Arboretum

By Arlene Calhoun, Volunteer and Membership Care Coordinator

This is a perfect time of year to be a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum! Our much coveted Spring Plant Sale is nearing and you don’t want to miss it. Gardeners love buying hard to find plants suitable for our climate. We will have over 200 different kinds of plants!

As a JCRA member, you get to shop early on Friday, April 4 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and get a 10% discount off your plant purchase. If you can’t make it Friday, your membership discount can be used on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM It also gains you free entrance into Raulston Blooms! where you’ll enjoy the 14th Annual Birdhouse Competition, gardening demonstrations in the main tent, artist and craftsman in the garden, food trucks, and a garden maze.

We hope to see you there!

JCRA Benefit Provider Highlight—Lasting Impressions

By Arlene Calhoun, Volunteer and Membership Care Coordinator

Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, Lasting Impressions, believe beautiful and creative gardens are made of more than great plants. They encourage you to brighten your garden year round by providing unique and colorful places to water the birds or highlight a special plant in a hypertufa trough or faux bois planter.

Beth and Amelia are the creators of unique concrete leaves, globes, and hypertufa troughs. Their leaf sculptures are installed at the JC Raulston Arboretum and many private gardens. As a JCRA Benefit Provider, they extend a 10% discount to our members for their hand-cast concrete leaves and hypertufa troughs.

Want a more hands-on experience? Sign up for their hypertufa trough workshop or cast concrete leave workshop on Saturday, July 26.

Want to see their work in person? Join them at their 8th Annual Open Garden and Art Show featuring their creations in addition to those of ten other area artists on Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

A special thanks to all of our 2014 Benefit Providers who extend discounts that help your membership to pay for itself! Just show your JC Raulston Arboretum membership card before you start your checkout transaction.

Weeping Walk

Coming Attractions

By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Cercis canadensis 'Floating Clouds'

Cercis canadensis 'Floating Clouds'
variegated eastern redbud

Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm'

Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm'
hybrid flowering quince

Cornus florida 'Suwanee Squat'

Cornus florida 'Suwanee Squat'
dwarf flowering dogwood

Rhododendron 'Mandarin Lights'

Rhododendron 'Mandarin Lights'
Northern Lights hybrid azalea

YouTube Channel

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Five new videos were recorded in March and posted to our YouTube Channel. Receive announcements about our latest additions by subscribing to our channel.

"Amazing Aucuba—On Beyond Gold Dust Plant" - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - March 4, 2014
"Hengduan Mountains, China: Not All Diversity is Tropical" - David Boufford, Harvard University Herbaria - March 4, 2014
"China—Its Flora, Frustrations, and Future Prospects for American Gardens" - Richard T. Olsen, Ph.D., Research Geneticist, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Division, USDA - February 7, 2014
"Lessons in Plant Hunting from the Caucasus" - Kenton J. Seth - March 15, 2014
"Crevice Gardenss" - Kenton J. Seth - March 15, 2014

March Events

Afternoon Adventure
"Signs of Spring"
Tuesday, April 2
2:00 PM

14th Annual Birdhouse Competition
Imaginations Run Wild—Birds Take Flight
Entries Accepted
Friday, April 4
10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday, April 5
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
JCRA Members Only Preview Sale
Friday, April 4
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Open to the Public
Saturday, April 5
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Raulston Blooms!
A Garden Festival for All Ages
Saturday, April 5
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Viburnums and Azaleas"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Tuesday, April 8
1:00 PM

Family Fun Event
"Third Annual Spring Egg Hunt"
Saturday, April 12–Monday, April 21
Various times each day

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College
"Belvidere: An Evolution of a Plantsman's Garden"
Monday, April 14
7:30 PM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
"The Horticultural Legacy of John L. Creech"
Leah Chester-Davis, Extension Communication Specialist, NC State University
Saturday, April 19
10:00 AM

Homeschool Day
"Celebrate Earth Day"
Tuesday, April 22
1:00 PM

✽Denotes a children's program.


Gala in the Garden
Sunday, May 4
3:30 PM–7:00 PM
Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour
Friday, May 16
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Saturday, May 17
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, May 18
9:00 AM–4:00 PM

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