JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - April 2016
Director's Note
By Mark Weathington, Director

I hope everyone has had a chance to visit the JCRA this spring, it has been without a doubt the most incredible one I've seen in my eight years here in Raleigh. The redbuds were especially spectacular. Hopefully, you'll be able to make it out for our Raulston Blooms! festival this weekend. All of you members are encouraged to come out for the preview sale on April 1 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM. We've got some really great plants this year.
Despite the beautiful spring, March ended with a sad note. Our dear Arboretum friend Judith Tyler of Pine Knot Farms passed away quickly and unexpectedly. Judith was one of the foremost hellebore experts around having literally written the book on them. I first met Judith 20 years ago when I visited the nursery. I remember vividly her spontaneously digging a trillium to show me how to propagate them when I expressed interest in them. She was a natural teacher, a wonderful plantswoman, and truly one of the kindest people around. She will be missed, but the hellebores will celebrate her life every year when they flower.

10 Reason Not to Miss Raulston Blooms! This Year
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director
  1. WPTF broadcasting Weekend Gardener from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM.
  2. Student arborist swinging from the trees at 11:30 AM.
  3. Grafted tomato plants and Brie Arthur to tell you how to use them in your home landscape - 10:30 AM in the main tent.
  4. Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck, Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race winner
  5. Birdhouse, birdhouses, birdhouses! Don't miss a special NC State University pride category from the University's Crafts Center.
  6. Over 250 different kinds of plants in the plant sale.
  7. Bryce Lane will be talking "Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms!" Speaking from personal experience helping make sense of if all - 1:30 PM in the main tent.
  8. Help build a pollinator house for the Arboretum - come see, it's more of a pollinator complex.
  9. Bugs, bees, chickens, bats, and more
  10. Experience the magic of spring, 40 Years in Blooms has never looked better!

JCRA Spring Plant Sale
JCRA Spring Plant Sale
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

Members Shop First - 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Friday, April 1
If you haven't had a look at the growing plant list, please do. I know you won't be disappointed.

Shop before the sale opens to the public on Saturday during Raulston Blooms!
JCRA Members receive 10% off plant purchases made either day.
Come early and stroll the garden, it is looking beautiful and Buzzy Bakes will be onsite serving their gourmet coffee and delectable baked goods.
Thank You
By Sonia Murphy, Director of Development

The JCRA staff sincerely thank Jim Bustrack, Wendy Boss, Maryann Debski, and Robert Bromhal for supporting the purchase of computers for our plant mapping program.  A special thank-you to Mike Stallings and Mitzi Hole, whose generous donation made it possible for us to buy all three needed computers.

We also take this opportunity to recognize Rufus Edmisten for sponsoring the Weekend Gardener radio show. Thanks to his sponsorship, the show will be broadcast from the Arboretum during the upcoming April 2 Raulston Blooms! event (8:00 AM-11:00 AM). Weekend Gardener is a weekly, fun and educational show on WPTF, which Rufus and Anne Clapp co-host. This is a big deal for the JCRA, and enables us to celebrate our 40th anniversary in an exciting way!
Ted Bilderback climbing a tree
Got a Tree Question?
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

Bring it with you on Saturday to Raulston Blooms! and ask a certified arborist. We will have two ISA Certified Arborists onsite during the Tree Climbing Demonstration from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. You don't want to miss this very informative demonstration courtesy of NC State horticulture students and alumni.
plant propagation

Plant Propagation Programs
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Chrysanthemum Propagation Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Propagation Workshops
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM-3:00 PM and
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Propagating plants is rewarding, often easily done, and is a great way to add to the plants in your landscape. Join Joan Matthews, Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society; the JCRA staff; and Doug Ruhren in these propagation programs and learn how to propagate mums, trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous perennials.

For more information or to register, please click on the links below or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Faye Koonce
Saying Goodby 
By Mark Weathington, Director

Faye Koonce has been the smiling face to greet visitors who come to the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center virtually from the day it opened. Her warmth and glowing personality has been a constant over the last dozen years and has led to hundreds of new members for the JCRA as well as all sorts of weddings and other rentals. A week hardly goes by in spring without a letter from a new bride (or bride's mother) letting me know what a wonderful experience it has been working with Faye. All good things come to an end and Faye has decided to retire and spend more time in her own garden. She will be missed but we hope to see her regularly out enjoying the garden.
bonsai workshop
Bonsai Lecture and Workshop
By Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:30 AM-4:30 PM 


Bonsai combines a three dimension art form and basic horticulture. Join Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, in this two part educational program as he discusses and demonstrates the art and science of bonsai. In the morning session, he'll describe the basics of bonsai design through a lecture and visual presentation. In addition, the presentation will include discussion on selecting plant material suitable for bonsai and the basics of caring for a bonsai. During the afternoon workshop, participants will receive assistance as they design their own bonsai, prune their juniper to the design they chose, and then plant their outdoor bonsai in a ceramic bonsai pot. The juniper, bonsai container, wire, and soil are included in the workshop fee. If possible, participants should bring their own garden shears.

For more information, please visit the JC Raulston Arboretum's Web site or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Kathryn Wall

Membership is Growing and so Are We
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director
Join us in welcoming Kathryn Wall, our new membership and volunteer coordinator. Kathryn comes to us with membership, event planning, and volunteer management experience. Working as the communications manager for the Association Executives of North Carolina, she understands the importance of membership and the key role it serves to further an organization's mission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; is the mother of three beautiful girls; and is active in her church's community garden program. Three weeks working at the Arboretum and she's already making an impact.
Kathryn can be reached at (919) 513-7004 and kathryn_wall@ncsu.edu. She's in office #101 - stop by and say hello, she loves meeting our members and volunteers.
New Faces in New Places
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

If you've happened by the Arboretum these last couple of weeks and wandered into the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, you may have noticed faces in places you didn't expect. We have moved a few of us around and are in a temporary holding pattern while another cubical is being installed.
Kathy Field, business services coordinator, has moved down the hall into office #114C. She can still be reached at (919) 513-0264 and kathy_field@ncsu.edu.
I am in the front office (#101) and can be reached at (919) 513-6789 and arlene_calhoun@ncsu.edu. Kathryn Wall and I are currently sharing an office.
As you have read, Faye Koonce is retiring and our new facility and rental coordinator starts on April 18. Her name is Emily Peters, more about her at a later date.
We appreciate your understanding as we make these transitions. Bear with us in the coming weeks - we may experience a few growing pains.
If you can't find the person you need, just ask me. I'll make sure you find them. Thank you for your patience. We'll let you know where you can find us once the dust settles.
Upcoming Events

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale - Members Only Preview Sale
Part of Raulston Blooms!
Friday, April 1
4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Raulston Blooms!
A Garden Festival for All Ages
Saturday, April 2
AM-4:00 PM 

Arboretum Guided Tours
Sundays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
2:00 PM
Plantsmen's Tour
"40th Anniversary Tour-JCRA National Collections"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, April 5
1:00 PM

Vegetable Gardening: From Site Selection to Harvest
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 and May 4, 11, 18, and 21
6:30 PM

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale
Friday, April 8
4:30 PM-5:30 PM (for ticket holders) and 
Saturday, April 9
8:00 AM-4:00 PM and
Sunday, April 10
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Garden Cart Activity
Feathered Friends
Saturday, April 9
10:30 AM-12:00 PM and
Sunday, April 10
2:00 PM-3:30 PM 
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Don't You Need More Pricks in Your Garden-Developing New Hardy Winter-hardy, Drought-tolerant Agaves for the Garden"
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Thursday, April 14
7:30 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
"Gardening for the Future: My Forever Garden"
Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence
Saturday, April 16
10:00 AM

Girl Scout Program
Juniors: Gardeners at Heart
Saturday, April 16
2:00 PM

Day Tripping to Prairie Ridge
Charles Yelton, Director, Prairie Ridge
Tuesday, April 19
8:40 AM

Homeschool Day
Celebrate the Earth
Friday, April 22
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Triangle Bonsai Expo
Hosted by the Triangle Bonsai Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
Saturday, April 23
11:00 AM-5:00 PM and
Sunday, April 24
11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Aquatic Plants for Water Gardens"
Marilyn Grolitzer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, April 25
10:00 AM

Denotes a children's program.

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

Dates to Remember

Thursday, April 14
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Gala in the Garden
Sunday, May 1
3:30 PM-7:00 PM
Weeping Walk

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Cercis canadensis _Appalachian Red_
Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red'
eastern redbud

Cornus florida _Pluribracteata_
Cornus florida 'Pluribracteata'
double flowering dogwood

Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha
Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha
golden lady tulip

Rhododendron _Pkt2011_ _Handy Man_ Pink_
Rhododendron 'Pkt2011' (Handy Man™ Pink)
hybrid rhododendron

Asarum taipingshanianum _MWT09-419_
Asarum taipingshanianum (MWT09-419)
Taiwan ginger

Dianthus arpadianus var. pumilus
Dianthus arpadianus var. pumilus
Alpine pink

Weigela _Kolmagira_ _Rainbow Sensation__
Weigela 'Kolmagira' (Rainbow Sensation™)
hybrid variegated weigela

Delosperma _Sani Pass _2_
Delosperma (Sani Pass #2)
hybrid ice-plant

Iris tenax
Iris tenax
tough-leaf iris
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Five new videos were recorded in March. Look for four of them in our YouTube Channel or click the graphics below. Richard Olsen's presentation for the D. H. Hill's Plan-and Plant for a Better World - J. C. Raulston and the North Carolina State University Arboretum exhibit opening will be posted soon.

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

FOA Lecture - The Value of Seed Banks NARGS Lecture - NARGS Trips_ Santa Fe and Ann Arbor
Master Gardener Lecture - Bluebirds in the Nest Box
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 Kathryn Wall, membership and volunteer coordinator, at (919) 513-7004 or kathryn_wall@ncsu.edu.

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

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