Nymphaea _Colorado_
JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - September 2016
Director's Note 
By Mark Weathington, Director

As this e-mail hits your inbox, I will be away in South Africa leading a group of intrepid travelers to experience the plants, see the wildlife, and maybe even sample a little of the wine of that beautiful region. These trips are a great way to connect with our members and whether you are joining us in a far-flung location or participating in one of our regular day trips we cherish the opportunity to get to know you better.
I hope both members and nonmembers will be joining us for our 40th anniversary symposium on September 23 and 24. I can't remember being so excited by a slate of speakers in a long time. These are the young guns of horticulture, the men and women who are transforming how we garden as we continue through the 21st century. From gardening with an ecological mindset to developing new plants that fit our modern landscapes this program will really cover fertile ground. If not all of the names are familiar to you yet, you can say you knew them before they were household names.
Japanese garden scene

40th Anniversary Symposium
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director
"Horticultural Bright Lights: The Future of Gardening" 

8 Great Speakers - 2 Inspiring Days - 1 Rare Plant Auction


Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24
symposium speakers


From landscapes that are in harmony with the natural world and cultivating edibles native to our own woodlands to breeding and collecting plants suited to 21st century landscapes, we'll hear from some of the brightest lights of the next generation of horticultural heavyweights including Matthew Pottage, the youngest ever curator for the Royal Horticulture Society's crown jewel garden - Wisley, one of the premiere display gardens not only in England but anywhere in the world.


These speakers are on the frontline of moving the art and science of horticulture forward. They are quickly becoming the who's who in the field.


Don't miss this incredible lineup. Spaces are limited and filling fast for this insider's glimpse into the newest advances in plant selection and designing for pollinators, wildlife, and sustainability, putting you on the cutting edge in gardening.


Registration includes breakfast and lunch each day. Visit the JCRA's Web site for a complete program.


Have questions? Contact Chris Glenn at chris_glenn@nscu.edu or (919) 513-7005.
Moonlight in the Garden
Moonlight in the Garden 
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

See the Garden in a Different Light 

Member Preview Night
Friday, November 4, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

For the first time in over a decade, you can experience the JC Raulston Arboretum after dark. Southern Lights and Arboretum volunteers will creatively install landscape lighting and thousands of luminaries to guide you through more than half the garden.

We're planning a magical autumn evening for our members. Imagine a brisk fall evening with fireflies, fire pits, delicious food, and live entertainment. Stroll the gardens with a drink in hand and embrace the beauty of a nighttime garden. Pause at the fire pits, roast a marshmallow or two, and relax to live music - enjoy the gardens as you've never seen them before.

Tickets will be available soon. We'll send a separate invitation in the coming weeks.
Until then, save the date, Friday, November 4.
The Moonlight in the Garden fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds benefit the general operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Brie Arthur
Don't Miss Out on These Three Member Benefits for Fall
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Thank you for being a valued Friend of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Your support helps the garden, but here are three member benefits that can directly help you and your gardening needs this fall.
Free Education

Learn all about foodscaping with Brienne Gluvna Arthur when our Friends of the Arboretum Lecture series resumes on
Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 PM. Brie will talk about "The Foodscape Revolution" and how you can incorporate edible plants into a sustainable landscape.
Members get free admission to our three lecture series, with three opportunities in September alone. Guests are only $5.00 per person. Take advantage of the chance to learn from noted horticulturists and top industry professionals.
Mulch like the JCRA

Just in time for your fall planting, don't forget to take advantage of this member benefit! 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.
Visit the JCRA's Web site for more details.
Free Plants

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 AM for the
JC Raulston Arboretum's Annual Plant Distribution During this epic 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.
Brie and David Arthur_s garden
Day Tripping with the JC Raulston Arboretum 
By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board of Advisors Member
Day trips for small groups have been a popular event for a variety of JC Raulston Arboretum members, volunteers, and guests. Nearly all the past events have been sold out and we thank all who have shown their support either by offering to host a group tour or signing up to join a day trip. The goal is to continue with three outings each spring and fall to visit nurseries, natural areas, and public or private gardens that are unique.
This fall's line-up has it all! Tour participant numbers are limited, so be sure to register early to hold your spot! More details are available on the JCRA's Web site.

Join us on the afternoon of September 13 as we visit the lively, colorful - and delicious - garden of Brie Gluvna Arthur and her husband David Arthur. Brie and David's garden will demonstrate how successfully you can grow vegetable plants in an urban landscape. As a bonus, Brie will offer a tomato-tasting opportunity. This afternoon garden party is sure to inspire you to change your thinking about gardening. Maybe you'll even think about some new recipes for vegetables.
October 11 is nursery day! We will visit Architectural Trees in the morning to browse, shop, and eat a packed lunch before heading to nearby Plantworks Nursery. Staff there will offer us a guided tour of their production processes. Plantworks Nursery wholesales ground covers and perennials. You might come home with a special cultivar of the JC Rauston Arboretum's signature Japanese maple from Architectural Trees and you're sure to appreciate even better the health of the next plant you pick up at your local garden center.
A visit to Cape Fear Botanical Garden on November 9 will end our fall 2016 trips. Along with a guided tour, we will also be able to view the larger-than-life LEGO sculptures made by California artist Sean Kenney, part of a Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit. Camellias and a project to help wounded soldiers are just two of the many intriguing features that are part of the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens.

For more information about these trips, please visit the JCRA's Web site (links above) or call Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.

Some of the day trips have been organized as a result of staff or members passing on suggestions. If you have any ideas or places you would like to visit - or have visited and want to share with others, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.
yoga in the garden
Fall Classes at the JCRA
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Fall classes began recently here at NC State University, and they're about to begin at the JC Raulston Arboretum. We're offering three new and exciting classes this fall and we're bringing one back by popular demand.

History of Gardening with Bryce Lane

Mondays, September 12, 19, and 26, October 3, 17, and 24, and November 7
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Unlike many history courses which can be boring, this one is not! First, it's all about gardening, and second, it's about fascinating stories of past cultures, events, and people who made gardening what it is today. How did today's greenhouse come about, and what did a sickly Roman Caesar have to do with it. What did the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans do that contributed to horticulture as we know it today. Who is the Father of American Horticulture and what did he do to launch gardening into the 20th century? This seven week course will provide a series of historical snapshots that help to enhance our understanding of modern-day gardening. By deepening our understanding and appreciation of where gardening came from, we will, in turn, be better gardeners today and in the future!

Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies with Helen Yoest

Wednesdays, September 14, 21, and 29 and October 12
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

You've seen plant list for hummingbird, other plant lists for bees and butterflies. There is advice out there about creating wildlife habitats, sustainability, mulching, organic gardening, amending soil. Perhaps you want to better
understand the habitats of our resident and migrating birds, birds, and butterflies. If so, this is the course for you.

Planting Seeds: Yoga Fundamentals with Margaret Popin

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 and November 5
10:00 AM-11:15 AM

Come learn about the ancient practice of yoga that has been helping millions of people around the world obtain enhanced wellness. Receive alignment-based guidance through fundamental asanas (poses) practiced in Level 1/open level Vinyasa Flow classes to gain the tools and knowledge useful for navigating through your practice mindfully and safely while surrounded by the beautiful gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

For more information about these courses, please visit the
JCRA's Web site (links above) or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Landscape Potential I: Approaches to Design with Preston Montague


Saturday, October 8 (with practicums on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16)
9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Raleigh-based landscape designer Preston Montague at the JCRA for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space.

Register - Planting Seeds: Yoga Fundamentals
Please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 to register for the yoga course. 
Upcoming Events

Sundays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tours
"40th Anniversary Tour-JCRA Introductions"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Tuesday, September 6
9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"The Foodscape Revolution"
Brienne Gluvna Arthur
Thursday, September 8
7:30 PM (reception begins at 7:00 PM)

History of Gardening
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, and November 7
6:30 PM

Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
Helen Yoest, Director, Bee Better
Wednesdays, September 14, 21, and 28 and October 12
6:30 PM

Garden Buds
Fall Fun with Apples
Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16
10:30 am

Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
Open to Youths and Adults
Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
Saturday, September 17
9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM
All sessions full

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Cactus: More Native Than You Think"
Michael Papay, Piedmont Chapter Member
Saturday, September 17
10:00 AM (reception begins at 9:30 AM)

40th Anniversary Symposium
"Horticultural Bright Lights: The Future of Gardening"
Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24
8:30 AM
Register (late registration begins Monday, September 5)

Take a Child Outside Week
Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 24
10:00 AM and
Sunday, September 25
1:00 PM

Garden Flow Yoga
Margaret Popin, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Sunday, September 25 (additional sessions on October 2, 9, and 30, November 6, 13, 20, and 27 (special holiday session), and December 4)
4:00 PM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Pruning Woodies and Small Trees"
Brian Purvis, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, September 26
10:00 AM

Take a Child Outside Week
Leaf Journals
Monday, September 26
10:00 AM

Take a Child Outside Week
Nature Walk Crowns
Tuesday, September 27
10:30 AM

Take a Child Outside Week
Leaf and Flower Mandalas
Wednesday, September 28
10:00 AM

Take a Child Outside Week
"Play in Nature"
An Educator and Parent Workshop
Linda Kinney, North Carolina Zoo
Thursday, September 29
1:00 PM

Take a Child Outside Week

"The Importance of Play"
A Parent and Educator Lecture
Linda Kinney, North Carolina Zoo
Thursday, September 29
6:30 PM

Take a Child Outside Week
Children's Yoga in the Garden
Claudia Chambers, Raleigh NC Yoga
Friday, September 30
10:00 AM and 10:45 AM

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

Dates to Remember

Members-only Preorder Plant Sale

Thursday, September 8
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 4,5, and 6 and
Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12
Monocot Garden

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea
Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea
pink oxblood-lily

Echinacea _Secret Glow_
Echinacea 'Secret Glow'
gold purple coneflower

Crinum _herbertii _Schreck_
Crinum √óherbertii 'Schreck'
hybrid crinum lily

Panicum amarum _Dewey Blue_
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
bitter panicgrass

Crinum _digweedii
Crinum √ódigweedii
hybrid crinum lily

Iris domestica
Iris domestica
blackberry lily

Canna _Lemon Punch_
Canna 'Lemon Punch'

Aster sikkimmensis
Aster sikkimmensis
Sikkim aster

Crinum bulbispermum
South African river lily
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

One new video was posted to our YouTube Channel. Look for it on our channel or click the graphic below.

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Library Exhibit Lecture with Richard Olsen
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.

The JC Raulston Arboretum's fund-raising efforts, including the 40th anniversary symposium, operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Christopher Todd Glenn
Programs and Education Coordinator
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 513-7005

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