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

What a glorious spring it has been! I can't remember a better season for the magnolias, redbuds, peonies, and all the rest of the spring flowering trees and shrubs than we have been experiencing this year. It has truly been a magical experience wandering through the Arboretum grounds this year. If you haven't been out, I strongly encourage you to visit and see it for yourself. Plenty of people did come out for Raulston Blooms! We had nearly twice as many birdhouses entered in the completion and, despite the morning rain, attendance was way up for the event. We'd like to especially thank Triangle Gardener and the The News & Observer for sponsoring the birdhouse competition and WPTF and Rufus Edmisten for bringing the Weekend Gardener program out to broadcast on-site.
I hope to see many of you here again for our Gala in the Garden, North Carolina's premiere garden party, on May 1. We're switching things up a bit this year and will have mobile bidding from either your smart phone or from iPads operated by our dedicated volunteers. Hopefully, this will allow for more socializing during the event even for our most avid bidders. We've really upped the ante this year with our items and will be offering some phenomenal rare plants along with extravagant experiences like a luxurious spa package at the Umstead Hotel and Spa or a chef's table dinner in the kitchen of the Angus Barn. Have a wonderful spring!

Gala registration is closed, but walk-in registrations are welcome on Sunday.
End of Semester Update on Our Conversion to Geospatial Mapping
By Valerie Tyson, Plant Recorder

Alicia Leftwick and Phil Pegelow, Master's students in NC State University's Center for Geospatial Analysis, made great progress this semester toward our conversion to a new mapping system. They completed the following:
  • Two very cool features will be ready for our visitors to use once we convert:
    • What plants are within 20' of me?
    • Show me a route to this plant.
  • A new database and programs to convert our data are ready. This may not sound exciting to some, but it's the much needed first step we need to move forward with this project.
We still need to make more headway into synchronizing the new database with our inventory database before we can actually convert to the new system, but there is another semester on the horizon! 

We so appreciate those of you who stepped up and helped us acquire new computers with the strength to stand up to this workload, and of course the many volunteers through the years that have meticulously kept our database clean and useful for the benefit of all.  Our hats are off.
Meredith College
Day Tripping to Meredith Arboretum and Gardens at Meredith College
By Cheryl Kearns, Volunteer and Board Member

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 9:45 AM-11:00 AM
The campus at Meredith College, like any other public garden setting, has been changing and evolving to adapt to the needs of the student body while offering an alluring and diverse plant material to visitors. One of the newest features is the Community Garden, and Aaron Schettler has added an array of perennials, shrubs, and trees that make the campus appealing in any season. There is an excellent collection of magnolias purchased and planted in the past few years, thanks to a grant from "Miss Ruby" McSwain. Part of the campus is outlined by the Greenway which is itself bordered with flowering trees and shrubs. Join us on this tour as we discover the beauty of Meredith College.

Aaron Schettler, Meredith College's head groundskeeper, will guide us on our tour. For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or

Optimizing Photographs with Lightroom and Photoshop
By Capital City Camera Club Members and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

A Full-day Seminar Presented by Tim Grey
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

The Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum are pleased to host Tim Grey for a full-day of learning about making the most of your photographs with the powerful combination of Lightroom and Photoshop

If you would like to feel more confident in your ability to effectively manage, optimize, and share your photographs, you won't want to miss this full-day seminar presented by this renowned author and educator.

This seminar will go beyond the simple mechanics of applying adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop. Instead, Tim will provide you with his perspective for approaching the process of optimizing photographs in order to achieve your vision.

The topics to be covered will include:
  • An overview of the process of optimizing photographs in Lightroom
  • Strategies for achieving your vision for every photograph
  • Tips on when and how to apply specific adjustments
  • Demonstrations of various adjustments based on different priorities for various photographs
  • Techniques for applying a variety of targeted adjustments to your photographs
  • Methods for improving the technical quality of your photographs
  • A full workflow for optimizing your photographs in Photoshop when they are being managed in Lightroom
  • Recommendations for specific adjustments to consider in Photoshop
  • And much more!
If you would like to learn to truly make the most of your photographic images, you won't want to miss this full day seminar that will be full of tips and tricks for working with Lightroom and Photoshop to optimize your photographs.

Early registration ends on Saturday, May 7. Save $20.00 by registering today before early registration ends. For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or

Upcoming Events

Gala in the Garden
Sunday, May 1
3:30 PM-7:00 PM
RSVP - Registration is closed, but walk-in registrations are welcome on Sunday.
Plantsmen's Tour
"Covering Some Ground"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, May 3
9:00 AM and
Tuesday, May 3
6:00 PM

Girl Scout Program
Juniors: Flowers
Saturday, May 7
10:00 AM

Arboretum Guided Tours
Sundays, May 8, 15, 22, and 29
2:00 PM

Day Tripping to Meredith Arboretum and Gardens at Meredith College
Aaron Schettler, Head Groundskeeper, Meredith College
Tuesday, May 10
9:45 AM

Garden Storytime
Thursday, May 12
1:00 PM
Register and
Friday, May 13
10:30 AM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Inspiring Gardens of the World"
John Elsley, Horticultural Consultant
Thursday, May 12
7:30 PM

Chrysanthemum Propagation Workshop
Sponsored by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Making More Magical Mums ... and Their Care"
Joan Matthews, President, Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society
Saturday, May 14
8:30 AM

Bonsai Lecture and Workshop
Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society
Saturday, May 14
9:30 AM
Rain Garden Design and Installation Workshop
Sponsored by the Department of Horticultural Science, Stewart Design, and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Thursday, May 19
8:00 AM

Garden Cart Activity
Flowers and Their Followers
Saturday, May 21
10:30 AM and
Sunday, May 22
2:00 PM  
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Pollinator Gardens Should be Waterwise Gardens"
Trish MacPherson, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, May 23
1:00 PM

Garden Storytime
Thursday, May 26
1:00 PM
Register and
Friday, May 27
10:30 AM

Propagation Workshop
Saturday, May 28
9:00 AM

Denotes a children's program.

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

Dates to Remember

Thursday, May 12
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Klein-Pringle White Garden

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Paeonia lactiflora
Paeonia lactiflora

Styrax japonicus Rubra Pendula Group
Styrax japonicus Rubra Pendula Group
weeping Japanese snowbell

Calycanthus _raulstonii _Hartlage Wine_
Calycanthus ├Śraulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
Raulston allspice

Chrysactinia mexicana
Chrysactinia mexicana

Lilium _Bestseller_
Lilium 'Bestseller'

Magnolia grandiflora _Tmgh_ _Alta__
Magnolia grandiflora 'Tmgh' (Alta®)
columnar Southern magnolia

Triteleia laxa _Corrina_
Triteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithuriel's spear

Asclepias tuberosa _orange-red_
Asclepias tuberosa (orange-red)
butterfly weed
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

Plantsmen_s Tour Video - National Collections
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture Video - Developing New Winter-hardy_ Drought-tolerant Agaves for the Garden NARGS Lecture - Gardening for the Future_ My Forever Garden
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers - Aquatic Plants for Water Gardens
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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 Kathryn Wall, membership and volunteer coordinator, at (919) 513-7004 or

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

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