Euonymus carnosus
JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - November 2016
Moonlight in the Garden
Moonlight in the Garden
By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

Member Preview Night - RSPV Requested by Monday, October 31

The days are getting shorter and the evenings a little cooler. A perfect combination for a evening stroll through your favorite garden. For those of you planning to join us on the Member Preview Night, November 4, please advance register you and your guests at Moonlight in the Garden tickets. We'll be giving Catering Works a head count on Monday, October 31. Please help us get in right.

John Garner and his team at Southern Lights have most of the fixtures installed. I asked John how many earlier this week and he's lost count. He explained nearly every time he's in the garden making his evening adjustments he adds a few more - 20 one night, 30 another. We're guessing it's close to 500! He warns me, landscape lighting is addictive. And I'm starting to see how.

I took a stroll last Thursday evening and couldn't believe my eyes. By day our garden is lovely. The collection creatively planted adding to the form and texture we've all come to love. By night the garden is magical. The light, the shadows, the colors, all take a different form under the cover of darkness. It is enchanting and we're excited to share it with our great friends who share our love for the art of horticulture.

See the garden in different light. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of hot cider and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. Tap your foot to the live music of Mebanesville and roast marshmallows over an open fire. See you there.

volunteers prepare luminaria

Volunteers Prepare Sand-filled Containers That Will Be Placed Inside the Luminarias
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

The JCRA's upcoming Moonlight in the Garden promises to be a night to remember - several nights actually! Each magical evening in the garden requires many tasks. Dozens of volunteers are needed to enhance the fun for everyone turning out for a crisp evening stroll.

We've expanded outside our usual core of volunteers and are still seeking help, especially for Sunday, November 6 and the following weekend, Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Work is eligible for community service hours for schools. Shifts run from two to four hours.

For more information, contact Kathryn Wall, membership and volunteer coordinator, at (919) 513-7004 or
Lake Como
Gardens, Wine, Art, Food, and Markets-Italy, Monaco, and France

Thursday, June 22 through Monday, July 3, 2017

Join the JC Raulston Arboretum and a jolly band of food, wine, and garden lovers on an in-depth exploration of the Italian Lake District, Monaco, the Italian and French Rivieras, and Provence.

Your garden adventure is set to commence on the shores of Lake Como where you will stroll through stunning gardens and charming lakeside towns with breathtaking views. Our garden adventure continues as we head south toward Menton on the French Riviera. We'll explore some of the planet's most beautiful gardens and visit the botanical gardens of Monaco. We then make our way to Arles, one of Van Gogh's homes in Provence, and a charming town full of great restaurants and Roman archeological treasures. It was here that Van Gogh painted his famous café scenes and lived with Paul Gaugin in the Studio of the South. The hill towns beckon, so we've planned excursions into the countryside to soak up the sunny ambiance and one of the famed Provençal open-air markets. We'll end our journey in Nice on the Côte d'Azur. Join the JC Raulston Arboretum and savor all that Provence, the Riviera, Monaco, and Lake Como have to offer: wine tastings, world-class art, Roman ruins, lush gardens, and Provençal markets are all included.

For more information or to register, please contact Earthbound Expeditions at (800) 723-8454.

wreath workshop
Holiday Wreath Workshops
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM (Wine and Wreaths) 

Decorate your home for the holidays with a designer wreath you made at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Hands-on instruction will be provided and all participants will learn to make and will create a wreath of their own to take home. All materials needed for this workshop will be provided including a vast assortment of greens from the JC Raulston Arboretum's horticultural collections for your wreath, however, participants are encouraged to bring items for their wreaths or to share. Please bring garden shears.

Wine and Wreaths

Celebrate the season with some hors d'oeuvres and wine while making your wreath in the 7:00 PM workshop.

All three workshops (1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM) will have the same amount and kinds greenery. There's no need to worry about us running out in the latter workshops since we'll divide the supplies into thirds and restock before each workshop. Two wreath sizes are available. The smaller wreath is ideal for doors while the larger wreath is ideal for large doors, fences, and walls. Space is limited so register today.

For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or

Cape Fear Botanical Garden - photograph from CFBG
Day Tripping to Cape Fear Botanical Garden
By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board of Advisors, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:15 AM-3:15 PM

A visit to Cape Fear Botanical Garden on November 9 ends our fall 2016 day-trip series. 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 Garden.


9:00 AM - Meet at Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
9:15 AM - Depart JCRA
10:30 AM - Arrive at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, tour
12:00 PM - Lunch (please bring a lunch)
1:00 PM - Enjoy gardens and Lego exhibit on your own
2:00 PM - Depart CFBG
3:15 PM - Arrive JCRA

For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or  Advance registration is required. Registration is limited so register today.

Upcoming Events
"Positively Presidential"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, November 1
1:00 PM

John Garner, Southern Lights
Tuesday, November 1
7:00 PM
Register (for landscape architects and designers only)

Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"The Botanical Paradises of Greece"
Liberto Dario, NARGS Traveling Speaker
Thursday, November 3
7:30 PM (reception begins at 7:00 PM)

Courtesy of Our Friends at Southern Lights of Raleigh, Inc.
Friday, November 4
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Courtesy of Our Friends at Southern Lights of Raleigh, Inc.
Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 and
Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Margaret Popin, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Sundays, November 6
4:00 PM
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Monday, November 7 (course already in progress)
6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 9
9:15 AM
Friday, November 11
10:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Margaret Popin, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Sunday, November 13
4:00 PM
"Hometown Habitat"
Hosted by NC State's Department of Landscape Architecture and the JC Raulston Arboretum
Wednesday, November 16
6:00 PM

Cadettes: Tree-iffic Trees
Saturday, November 19
10:00 AM 
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Enhancing Your Rock Garden with Year-round Green Mosses"
Annie "Mossin' Annie" Martin
Saturday, November 19
10:00 AM (reception begins at 9:30 AM)

Margaret Popin, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Sunday, November 20
4:00 PM
Margaret Popin, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Sunday, November 27
4:00 PM
Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Tuesday, November 29
1:00 PM - Register
4:00 PM - Register 
Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Tuesday, November 29
7:00 PM

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

Dates to Remember

Mulch Sale

Thursday, November 10
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Asian Valley

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Euonymus schensianus _Beni Yakko_
Euonymus schensianus 'Beni Yakko'
spindle tree

Lindera umbellata _Togarashi_
Lindera umbellata 'Togarashi'
kuro-moji spicebush

Fatsia japonica _Variegata_
Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'
variegated Japanese fatsia

Gladiolus dalenii _Halloweenie_
Gladiolus dalenii 'Halloweenie'
parrot beak gladiolus

Lindera glauca
Lindera glauca
silver spicebush

Chrysanthemum _Miss Gloria_s Thanksgiving Day_
Chrysanthemum 'Miss Gloria's Thanksgiving Day'
variegated fountain grass

Pennisetum setaceum _Sky Rocket_
Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'
Mexican sage

Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group
Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group
red lace-leaf Japanese maple
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in October and posted to our YouTube Channel. Look for them on our channel or click the graphics below.

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

FOA Lecture video - _Really Old Growth Forests - A Natural Hitory of North America_s Fossil Forests_

Master Gardener lecture video - _Ferns_ Fiddleheads to Fronds_
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

The JC Raulston Arboretum's fund-raising efforts, including Moonlight in the Garden, 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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