Crocus etruscus _Zwanenburg_
JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - January 2017
JCRA Apparel

Arboretum Apparel
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

You asked and we delivered! Long-sleeve JCRA Japanese maple T-shirts are here, along with the rest of our heather red short sleeve T-shirts and zipper neck sweatshirts. These join our popular 2017 botanical design and coral ladies scoopneck T-shirt.

We've restocked all sizes small through 2XL. T-shirts are $15.00 each. Long sleeve shirts are $20.00 each. Sweatshirts are $30.00 each. All are available for purchase in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center.

Our new design highlights the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), noted for their small size and year-round elegance. The JC Raulston Arboretum holds one of the best collections, and they were one of J. C. Raulston's favorite trees. One of these four-season beauties can be spotted from any location you stand in the garden.
Summer Camp
Summer Camp Registration Starts January 30 for Family/Dual Members
By Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator
Mark your calendars! It may be cold outside, but the Children's Program has summer on the brain. Plans are well under way for our fourth summer of camps. We are dusting off the idea books, stocking the Yurt with supplies, and scouting the gardens for new activities for our summer camps.
We know our campers loved their time exploring in the gardens this past year, so we plan to give them more messy fun this summer! You might wonder what their top activities are: morning smoothies in Garden Chefs, finding the "Mad Gardener" in Nature Detectives, uploading their discoveries to Project Noah in Garden Explorers, crafts in Garden Critters, and the art show during Artists in the Garden.
Your child can be part of the fun too! We have six exciting camps that range from ages four to 11 during June, July, and August:
Garden Critters, June 19-23, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Nature Detectives, June 26-30, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Garden Explorers, July 10-14, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Artists in the Garden, July 17-21, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Garden Chefs, July 31-August 4, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Nature Detectives, August 7-11, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Members enjoy discounted rates as well as two weeks of exclusive summer camp registration starting on Monday, January 30. Make sure your membership is up to date and at the Family/Dual level, so that you can take advantage of this special benefit for Family/Dual members only.
Don't keep our camps a secret! Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. Public summer camp registration starts on Monday, February 13. Remind them that members get early registration and many more great benefits.
For more information about our summer camps, visit
Garden Soils
Learning with Bryce Lane
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Winter is a great time to begin planning for spring and to take a horticultural class at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Award-winning educator, Bryce Lane, returns in early 2017 with two classes for beginner gardeners and those that want to more fully understand horticultural science.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils

Saturday, January 28 - 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

As gardeners, we spend most of our time thinking "above ground." We ruminate about plants, combinations, color, texture, and about light exposure, water, temperature and climate. Gardening success is equally dependent on what is going on below ground. A scientific understanding of soil chemistry, biology, physics, and fertility makes a good gardener a "master" gardener! This class will help us understand basic soil principles, and how we can use that understanding to improve our garden soils, properly prepare garden beds, reduce fertilizer inputs, compost, and maximize growth in our gardens.

Gardening Basics - Using Science to Grow Better Plants

Mondays, February 6 through March 27 - 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Whether you are new to gardening, a seasoned gardener, or new to this area, this eight week gardening class will help you be more successful in all your gardening endeavors! By understanding plant classification, growth, soils, and reproduction we will learn how to be better at propagation, plant selection, planting, pruning, fertilizing, and pest management. This practical, dynamic gardening course will equip you to handle most all of your gardening challenges.

For more information about these classes, please click the links above or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or Discover more educational programs by visiting the JCRA's events calendar.

shade garden
Winter Symposium
By Mark Weathington, Director

"Garden Divas"
Saturday, February 18 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

From Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West to Rosemary Verey and our own Elizabeth Lawrence, women have been among the brightest stars in the horticultural world.  Continuing in that tradition, our divas with dirty fingernails carry on that legacy.

The one through-line for all of our "women of outstanding talent" (divas) is their incredible passion for plants and gardening combined with a gift for communicating the knowledge, creativity, and skill needed to have success in the garden. A morning spent with them will send you out inspired to create your own patch of paradise.


"Hanging out with Shady Characters"
Pam Beck

If you don't already have a shade garden, you soon will as your trees and shrubs spread and grow. This colorful talk examines all of the layers of a shade garden with recommendations for plants that can tolerate various types of shade and root competition, along with design tricks to brighten up even the darkest corners.

"Trends in Horticulture: From New and Novel to Retro to Ridiculous"
Stephanie Cohen

Everything evolves from life styles, cars, clothing styles, home goods, architecture, eventually everything changes. Stephanie Cohen, a.k.a. "The Perennial Diva," dishes the dirt on trends in horticulture. Some are great and just trending, others are retro and are coming back in style, and some are not to be believed! Come and enjoy this "unique" presentation!

"Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Stories"
Carol Reese

You walk past them every day. Mute, they cannot tell us of their fascinating roles in our nation's history, or further back, their contributions to the native American way of life. Discover delicious edibles that can be gathered on country roadsides, and learn the answer to the head scratching question "Is it a plant, or is it a weed?" Digging a little deeper, many plants and garden critters lead fascinating love lives. Carol makes it funny, but it is actually a wonderful trip through the intimate interactions just outside the window. You can tell the stories of our silent friends in the landscape after this lively yet poignant program. 

For more information about the JC Raulston Arboretum's winter symposium or to register, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or

Upcoming Events

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

Dates to Remember

Mulch Sale

Thursday, January 12
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Summer Camp Registration
Opens for Members
8:00 AM

Winter Symposium
"Garden Divas"
Saturday, February 18
8:00 AM
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Daphne odora _Hewreb_ _Rebecca__
Daphne odora 'Hewreb' (Rebecca™)
variegated winter daphne

Ilex verticillata _Farrowbpop_ _Berry Poppins__
Ilex verticillata 'Farrowbpop' (Berry Poppins™)
winterberry holly

Prunus mume _Nicholas_
Prunus mume 'Nicholas'
Japanese flowering apricot

Magnolia biondii
Magnolia biondii
hope of spring magnolia

Mahonia _media _Buckland_
Mahonia ×media 'Buckland'

Iris unguicularis
Iris unguicularis
winter flowering iris

Crocus etruscus _Zwanenburg_
Crocus etruscus 'Zwanenburg'
Tuscan crocus

Ficaria verna _Coppernob_
Ficaria verna 'Coppernob'
fig buttercup
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

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Plantsmen_s Tour Video - Positively Presidential
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 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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