Cupressus arizonica _Limelight_
JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - January 2016
Happy New Year
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

The JC Raulston Arboretum staff wish all our members and volunteers a very happy new year, and we'd like to thank you for your support in 2015. In 2016, we're celebrating the JCRA's 40th anniversary. We've planned many exciting activities including a fall anniversary symposium and an outdoor lighting event and some new additions including a new pedestrian entrance and a yurt for children's programs. We hope to see you throughout 2016 enjoying the gardens and participating in many of our programs.
youth camper
Send Your Children Outside This Summer
By Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

Do you have a little one that loves to discover critters in the garden? Or do you have a budding chef that wants to learn more about growing and cooking their own garden vegetables? How about a young artist or a curious scientist? We have a camp for them!
Campers spend their days in and out of the gardens exploring, discovering, learning, and playing along side our staff and interns.

What do they do all day?
  • Make paper while learning about trees.
  • Observe and record data for citizen science projects.
  • Create fairy houses nestled under the trees.
  • Go geocaching.
  • Paint watercolors inspired by the annual trials and garden ponds.
  • Fill the air with wonderful smells of pesto.
  • Design paper towel gardens.
  • Dig in the dirt for worms.
  • Fly around the gardens like butterflies.
Members may register early starting on Monday, January 25, 2016. Public registration opens on February 6, 2016. Sign up early and save your spot

Introduction to Insect Identification: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy
By John Meyer, Ph.D., Course Instructor

John Meyer, Ph.D., Retiring Professor, Department of Entomology, NC State University

Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

What's on the leaf of your azalea? Are you curious about those grubs in your compost bin? Is there a striped caterpillar eating your parsley? Learning to recognize and identify the insects in your garden can be a daunting task-there are over a million described species and at least that many undescribed ones! This course will help you sort out all that diversity. It will focus on the major orders and families of garden insects, show you how to recognize members of the common groups, and help you distinguish between the good bugs and the bad bugs. Knowing what it is opens the door to a whole world of information about what it does and what to do about it. As an old Chinese proverb says, "The beginning of knowledge is getting things by their right name."

February 1 - Orderly Insects - Basic systematics, morphology, and development
February 8 - The Hemimetabola - Orthoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera
February 15 - Pollination Central - Diptera and Hymenoptera
February 22 - Beetlemania - Coleoptera by the boatload
February 29 - Lepidoptera - Butterflies and moths, oh my!

For more information about John's course, please read the announcement or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or
Upcoming Events

Plantsmen's Tour
"40th Anniversary Tour-Signature Plants"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, January 5
1:00 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
"Piedmont Members' Presentations"
Piedmont Chapter Members
Saturday, January 16
10:00 AM

School's Out!
Terrific Terrariums
Tuesday, January 19
9:00 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
Sponsored by Malissa and Russel Kilpatrick and Bobby G. Wilder
"Contemporary Planting Design in Landscape Architecture"
Richard Hartlage, Land Morphology
Thursday, January 21
7:30 PM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Right Plant, Right Place Means Success"
Robert McKay, Wake County Master Gardener
Monday, January 25
10:00 AM

Propagation Workshop
JC Raulston Arboretum Staff
Saturday, January 30
9:00 AM

Denotes a children's program.

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

Dates to Remember

Mulch Sale
Thursday, January 14
9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Winter Symposium
"On the Edge and in the Box: Gardening in Unusual Spaces"
Saturday, February 20
8:00 am

Winter Garden

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Mahonia _media _Buckland_
Mahonia ×media 'Buckland'

Asarum maximum__Ling Ling_
Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling'
panda face wild-ginger

Crocus sieberi__Firefly_
Crocus sieberi 'Firefly'
Sieber's crocus

Galanthus plicatus_subsp._byzantinus_
Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus
Turkish snowdrop

Hamamelis mollis__Wisley Supreme_
Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme'
Chinese witchhazel

Prunus mume__Bonita_
Prunus mume 'Bonita'
Japanese flowering apricot

Chimonanthus praecox _Luteus_
Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus'
fragrant wintersweet

Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus foetidus
bearsfoot hellebore
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

One new video was recorded in December. Look for it in our YouTube Channel or click the graphic below.

Receive announcements about our latest additions by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture - Jim Faust - Poinsettias_ A 200-year Journey from Gangly Mexican Shrub to Christmas Icon
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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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