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JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - October 2015
Director's Note
Mark Weathington, Director

Fall is for planting and now that we've got some moisture in the ground, Tim, Lizzi, and our volunteers have been busy getting plants out of the nursery in between prepping for our Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution and other fall events. They've had a bit of extra help this year from our newest staff member, Justin Durango. You may remember Justin from his stint as a summer intern in 2012. Justin was also the designer for Sir Walter Snarleigh, the bamboo dragon which graced our grounds for a couple of years.
Justin will be working with us about one day a week and has a garden design business as well. His goal both at the JCRA and at his business is "... to make the greater Raleigh area more biologically diverse, healthy, artful, and efficient, one gardener at a time." If you see Justin next time you are visiting the Arboretum, make sure to say hello.
We've got a great October lined up starting the very first weekend with a fun look at how new plants are created followed the next day by our annual giveaway and the Garden Conservancy's Open Gardens tour. We'll be displaying some amazing mums with the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society indoors and out in the garden this month and finishing up with the North American Rock Garden Society's talk about the best plants coming out of Europe on the last day of October. Check out everything that's happening on our Web site. Happy planting.

Annual Plant Distribution
Annual Plant Distribution
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00 AM (registration opens 7:30 AM)
All JC Raulston Arboretum member are invited to join us on Saturday morning for our Annual Plant Distribution (a.k.a., the plant giveaway). During this event, the JCRA gives away thousands of plants to our members as a thank you for their support. We hope you'll join us for this fun and exciting event.

A plant list is available. For the first time ever, the list now includes a listing of the plants that will be available down the center of each giveaway block. Please note this list is a work in progress. It will be updated several times before the giveaway. Please check back late in the week for the final list. We'll indicate that the list has been finalized at the top of this Web page in green lettering.

Still looking for something fun to do the night before the giveaway? Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum as we go behind the scenes with nationally recognized plant breeders who create, promote, and grow the hottest new ornamental varieties.

Muhlenbergia capillaris
Call for Members Making News
By Arlene Calhoun, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

Friends of the Arboretum love learning what other members are doing. I'm hearing a lot of you enjoyed the "Members Making News" section in our fall newsletter. Our spring newsletter deadline is fast approaching and I would enjoy including any news you may have to share that would be of interest to your fellow members. Don't hold back, let me hear it. We'll let you know if it's suited or not.
Reynolda Gardens

Day Tripping with the JC Raulston Arboretum
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Coordinator

Our first destination in our new day trip series was a visit to Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Tony Avent showed us around his gardens and told us many entertaining stories about many of his plants. The trip was the first in a three-part series we're offering this fall. We invite you to join us as we visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University on Thursday, October 15 and the Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest on Tuesday, November 3.

Just like our visit with Tony, we've made arrangements for special hosts at each of these locations. Amanda Lanier, garden curator, will guide us around Reynolda Gardens in the morning and Kathleen Hutton, director of education, will welcome us to Reynolda House and give us an introduction to the the Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a traveling exhibit featured at Reynolda House, after lunch. And, Glenn Catts, Ph.D., and director of College of Natural Resources' Forest Operations, will guide us along wooded paths on a two-hour journey through Schenk Forest.


If you know of a garden, nursery, nature site, etc. that we could visit on one of our day trips, please let me know by sending me a note to We'd love to know about the locations you've enjoyed visiting and places you'd like to visit.
Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 12:00 PM-5:00 PM 
The annual Garden Conservancy's Open Days is coming to Raleigh once again. The fall tour features six fabulous area gardens on the "sandy side" (southern) of Raleigh. Each garden is unique and will be enjoyed by guests for different reasons. Two of the destinations are gardens at area businesses, the other four are private gardens.

Arthur Garden
Arthur Garden

Brie and David Arthur
7624 Troy Stone Drive
Fuquay-Varina, NC

Please note Wagstaff Road is closed for construction between U.S. 401 and Troy Stone Drive. Approach Troy Stone Drive from the west.

The Bristol Brier
The Bristol Brier

Jeremy Schmidt
1109 New Castle Court
Raleigh, NC

Lamm Oasis
Lamm Oasis

Jack Lamm and Dan Gant
4204 Lamm Drive
Apex, NC

Southern Secrets
Southern Secrets

Sandra Simpson
1012 Bass Lake Road
Holly Springs, NC

Weston Farms and Lakeview Daylily Farm
Weston Farms and Lakeview Daylily Farm

Noel Weston and Erin Weston
1000 Benson Road
Garner, NC

Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn and Garden
Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn and Garden

John and Patty Byrne
333 S Main Street
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Admission is $7.00 per garden. Ticket books (six tickets) are available at the JC Raulston Arboretum through October 2 for $35.00. Individual tickets and ticket books will be available at each garden during the event. A downloadable/printable information sheet with driving instructions is available. For more information or ticket information, please contact Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457 or

Mulch Like Us
By Arlene Calhoun, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

Don't forget to take advantage of this member benefit. Just in time for your fall planting, and remember the proceeds from the sales support both the JCRA and the Horticultural Field Laboratory (HFL). A portion will go directly to our internship funds. We all love and appreciate our interns.

The dirty details:
  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month (next date is October 8)
  • Time: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Where: Outside the back gate to the HFL via Ligon Street, see map 
  • Cost: $16 per cubic yard
  • Payment: Cash or checks only (checks made payable to NCSU/JCRA)
  • Loading: Open beds only, member to bring covering and tie-downs
  • Service: If someone isn't at the mulch pile when you arrive, please honk or phone the number on the sign for service.
We use a blend of 80% wood chips and 20% leaves and find it doesn't mat, allows water to penetrate, and nurtures the soil as it breaks down.
Upcoming Events

An Evening with the Plant Breeders
A Behind-the-scenes Look at How Better Plants Are Created
Friday, October 2
5:30 PM

Garden Conservancy's Open Days
Sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum
"The Sandy Side of Raleigh"
Saturday, October 3
AM-5:00 PM
Sunday, October 4
12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Arboretum Guided Tour
Sunday, October 4
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Deadly Beauties"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, October 6
1:00 PM  
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Spoons, Spiders, and other Spectacular Mums: Explore the 13 Classes of Chrysanthemums"
Joan Matthews, President, Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society
Thursday, October 8
7:30 PM

Girl Scout Program
Daisies: Flower Garden Friendships
Saturday, October 10
10:00 AM

Arboretum Guided Tour
Sunday, October 11
2:00 PM

Day Tripping to Reynolda House and Gardens
Thursday, October 15
8:00 AM
Landscape Potential IV: Improving Curb Appeal Through Foundation Planting
Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator
Saturday, October 17
9:00 AM

Family Fun Event
Art It Up! Garden Fun
Saturday, October 17
10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Arboretum Guided Tour
Sunday, October 18
2:00 PM

Family Fun Event
Art It Up! Garden Fun
Sunday, October 18
2:00 PM

Arboretum Guided Tour
Sunday, October 25
2:00 PM

Homeschool Day
Fall Fun
Wednesday, October 28
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
"A Plantsman's Pick: Best New Plants from European Nurseries"
Jimi Blake, Hunting Brook Gardens
Saturday, October 31
10:00 AM
Denotes a children's program.

Many programs require advance registration. Please register early to reserve your spot.
Monocot Garden

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'
Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'
variegated fountain grass

Crinum (dwarf)
Crinum (dwarf)
crinum lily

Crinum ×herbertii 'Schreck'
Crinum ×herbertii 'Schreck'
crinum lily

Cyclamen hederifolium Ashwood Nurseries Silver Leaf Group
Cyclamen hederifolium Ashwood Nurseries Silver Leaf Group
hardy cyclamen

Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum'
leopard plant

Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki'
Cortaderia selloana 'Sunningdale Silver'
Asian aster

Helianthus salicifolius
Helianthus salicifolius
willowleaf sunflower

Camellia 'Winter's Star Light'
Camellia 'Winter's Star Light'
hybrid camellia

YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in September. Look for them in our YouTube Channel or click the graphics below.

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Friends of the Arboretum Lecture -

North American Rock Garden Society Lecture -
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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 Arlene Calhoun, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator.

Christopher Todd Glenn
Programs and Education Coordinator
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 513-7005

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