Cercis canadensis _Jn2_ _The Rising Sun__
JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - June 2016
Summer 2016 interns
Welcome JC Raulston Arboretum 2016 Summer Interns
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

A special welcome to the JC Raulston Arboretum's summer interns! When you visit the Arboretum, be sure to say hello to these NC State University students who are working alongside JCRA staff this summer. In addition to helping with the very large job of maintaining a public garden, they are very busy propagating plants for the JCRA Annual Plant Distribution, building structures, teaching, and planting new gardens.
Tori Parker is from Spring Hope and is working directly with the JCRA's Children's Program. She completed an undergraduate degree in agricultural education this past spring and will begin a graduate program in agricultural education this fall. Kamen Dedmon and Patrick Hamilton are both starting their senior year this fall and are from Shelby and Charlotte, respectively. Both are studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree in horticultural science. Zoe Carmon-Rogers is a freshman from Greenboro and is very excited to begin her major in agricultural education. Madeleine (Maddie) Ciszewski is a sophomore majoring in agricultural science with an emphasis in soil science and animal science. She is from Washington, D.C., and is interested in teaching sustainable agriculture.

The Student Internship Program is generously supported by donations to the JCRA Internship Fund and by three named JCRA internship endowments - Dr. Robert E. Lyons JCRA Internship Endowment, Dale and Thom Henderson Internship Endowment, and  Isabella Cannon Endowed Arboretum Internship.

Photograph: Kamen Dedmon (top left), Patrick Hamilton (top right), Zoe Carmon-Rogers (bottom left), Maddie Ciszewski (bottom center), and Tori Parker (bottom right) 
Raulston Blooms_
Volunteers Make It Happen
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
I'm still in my early days as the new membership and volunteer coordinator, but I have been blown away by the friendliness, dedication, and expertise of the JCRA volunteers. This spring was busy with two big special events - Raulston Blooms! in April and the Gala in the Garden in May. Volunteers made both events a big success.

The garden was buzzing with activities on other days, too. Visiting groups led by volunteer docents toured the Arboretum on many beautiful days, and even on a few soggy ones! The garden was filled with the laughter of children visiting with their school groups as they rotated through educational activities run by staff and volunteers. Gardening teams kept the Arboretum in top shape. Others greeted visitors; sold memberships, T-shirts, and other apparel; and some did data entry. We have 200+ volunteers who help in these and other ways.

How can you get involved? We are recruiting additional volunteers to work in the Wilder Visitor Center and at the front desk in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, to help with children's programs, and we need a few additional floral designers to join the floral arranging team. Feel free to contact me at kathryn_wall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004 if you or someone you know would like to explore these and other possibilities. 
Fun in the Sun Picnic
By Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator

Saturday, June 25 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
We are celebrating 40 years! Bring your family out to help us celebrate this milestone birthday at our Fun in the Sun Picnic.  
You bring the picnic and the picnic blanket and we'll provide the fun.  
  • Play our famous oversized lawn games.  
  • Get creative with a community art project that will help decorate our new yurt!  
  • Spend some time strolling the summer gardens. 
  • Enjoy Howling Cow ice cream and birthday cake!
Member families enjoy free admission, but please make sure to RSVP to let us know you're coming. Nonmembers are welcome to the party, too ($5.00 for advance registration and $7.00 at the door), so share the invitation with your neighbors and friends!
Lakeview Daylily Farm
Day Tripping to Lakeview Daylily Farm
By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board Member

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Our final spring tour will be the gardens of Noel and Molly Weston at Lakeview Daylily Farm where Noel will lead us on a tour. Among other plants, their gardens contain a wide variety of Southern magnolias and bald cypress. We will then have a chance to view and purchase daylilies from his field of nearly 1,000 varieties. Although those we see will be the earliest ones to flower, Noel emphasizes that visitors are welcome back at any time to see the daylilies at peak or to find the late-season bloomers. He can even offer tips on how to keep Bambi from eating them!

For more information about this day trip, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

JCRA apparel
Great Gifts for Grads, Dads, or You
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Have you seen the brand new JC Raulston Arboretum tote bag? It's only $20.00 and makes a great gift. Show your love for the Arboretum with a JCRA ball cap, T-shirt, sweatshirt, or visor. Want to know what's in the garden? An updated edition of Current Plantings ($8.00) is out. It's a complete list of every taxon in the Arboretum listed by botanical name and includes the beds where the plants can be found. Does Dad like to read? Learn about the interesting life of our founder in Chlorophyll In His Veins: J. C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador, by Bobby Ward, Ph.D., and Roy Dicks ($25.00). All of these items are available in the Wilder Visitor Center and Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Proceeds support the Arboretum.
Herbaceous perennials propagation workshop
Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
By Douglas Ruhren, Class Instructor, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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 Doug Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed include division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed. Doug will demonstrate each of the techniques discussed and show class participants how they can propagate perennials at home using simple techniques. Some of the newly propagated plants are shared with the students.

For more information about Doug's propagation class, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. Our propagation workshop on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 AM still has a few openings. Sign up for both programs and learn how to propagate trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials. 

Cast concrete leaf
Concrete Garden Art Workshops
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane's always popular hyptertufa trough workshop returns on July 23. Hypertufa is a lightweight concrete mix that's used to create planting troughs with excellent drainage. Participants in this workshop mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release their finished trough from its mold.

Later on the same day, participants in the second workshop will learn how to mix concrete and shape the material using leaves and fern fronts to imprint into the concrete.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
Saturday, July 23 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Saturday, July 23 - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Participants in these workshops work on their own creations that go home with them on the same day. Please note these workshops are held indoors in Amelia's private home so there's no need to worry about the late July heat. Her address and driving instructions to her north Raleigh home will be provided to participants prior to the workshop. 
For more information about these workshops, please visit the links above or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. Registration is available online via the links below and in each workshop announcements.

Upcoming Events

Garden Storytime
Critters in the Garden
Friday, June 3
10:30 AM

Propagation Workshop
Saturday, June 4
9:00 AM

Plantsmen's Tour

"40th Anniversary Tour - Wild Collections"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, June 7
9:00 AM
Tuesday, June 7
6:00 PM

Day Tripping to Lakeview Daylily Farm

Noel Weston, Lakeview Daylily Farm
Wednesday, June 8
9:00 AM

School's Out!

Find Your Way
Friday, June 10
9:00 AM

Summer Garden Camp

Garden Critters
Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17
Full - Wait List Started 

Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration

Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer
Saturday, June 18
9:00 AM

Garden Storytime

Rainbow of Flowers
Thursday, June 23
10:30 AM

Fun in the Sun Picnic

Saturday, June 25
10:30 AM

Summer Garden Camp

Garden Explorers
Monday, June 27-Friday July 1
9:00 AM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Living with Insects - The Good and the Bad"
Louise Romanow, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, June 27
10:00 AM

Denotes a children's program.

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

Dates to Remember

Thursday, June 9
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Color Trials

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Lilium _Kentucky_
Lilium 'Kentucky'
hybrid lily

Hydrangea quercifolia _Turkey Heaven_
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Turkey Heaven'
oakleaf hydrangea

Rosa _Meiswetdom_ _Sweet Drift__
Rosa 'Meiswetdom'
Sweet Drift® ground-cover rose

Rosa _Don Juan_
Rosa 'Don Juan'
climbing rose

Stokesia laevis _Honeysong Purple_
Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'
purple Stokes' aster

Hydrangea arborescens _Ncha1_ _Invincibelle_ Spirit
Hydrangea arborescens 'Ncha1'
Invincibelle™ Spirit smooth hydrangea

Cornus elliptica _Elsbry_ _Empress of China__
Cornus elliptica 'Elsbry'
Empress of China™ evergreen flowering dogwood

Acanthus dioscoridis var. perringii
Acanthus dioscoridis var. perringii
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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

FOA Lecture - John Elsely - Inspiring Gardens of the World
Master Gardener Lecture - Trish MacPherson - Pollinator Gardens Should be Waterwise Gardens
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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