JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
Your Monthly News and Updates
It's Time to Celebrate Spring with Raulston Blooms!
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordiantor
Members Only Spring Plant Preview Sale
Friday, March 31 – 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
New this year, we have invited a select group of guest plant vendors to join us:
- Mr. Maple – Vast selection of Japanese maples and ginkos. Online advance orders available, too!
- Pine Knot Farms – Stunning selection of hellebores.
- Superior Plants Nursery – A wholesale nursery offering a variety of prestigious plants.
And of course, JC Raulston Arboretum's Plant Sale!
Our generous friends in the nursery industry are donating premium
plants for the Arboretum's annual spring sale. This is the third such
sale we have had for which all proceeds will benefit the JCRA. Come see
what we have to offer and get a jump on your spring planting!
Shop before the public for
the best selection. Shopping early is a member benefit. Have a
nonmember that would like to join you? No problem, they can join on
Friday evening and shop our wonderful sale. JCRA members will receive a
10% discount on JCRA plants only.
Saturday, April 1 – 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Bring your family and friends and join the fun! We'll have plants, bugs, bees, chickens, birdhouses, ice cream, and invited artists and vendors.
Not to mention our incredible speakers.
"The Foodscaping Revolution"
Learn about how to make the most of the space you cultivate by adding edibles to your traditional landscape. Growing a Greener World foodscaping
correspondent, Brie Arthur shares advice on creating an HOA approved
landscape that is both beautiful and bountiful. Join the
revolution and cultivate a yard-to-table experience that everyone in
your family will enjoy!
"Improving Your Health: How Plants Make Us Feel Better"
Did you know that a 20 minute stroll in a garden improves your health? Join Three-time Emmy winner Bryce Lane from In the Garden with Bryce Lane as he shares about the many benefits plants, gardens, and gardening have on mind, body and soul.
"Permaculture: A Sustainable Living Methodology for the Home, Garden, and Community"
is a growing concern about leading our lives in a more environmentally
friendly manner, and permaculture allows us to meet many of our needs
for food, water, shelter, and energy, all within the context of our home
gardens. Join Permaculture expert Will Hooker as he describes how he
applied these principles in his home garden, and shares some strategies
And when you're hungry we have you covered! Our Foodtruck lineup
features Ed Mitchell's Q on Wheels, Fully Loaded Fritters and Buzzy
Bakes. We'll also be joined by our friends at nearby Neomonde, and of
course, we'll be selling Howling Cow ice cream.
Invited artists and vendors include:
And, educational favorites include:
- Mary Jo's Studio
- Kiki's Rewind Designs
- Rimshotz Gallery
- Artisanal Jewelry & Goods by Kate Wiegand
- Compost Now
Come explore the garden and follow our Facebook page to see event spotlights.
- Wake County Master Gardener Volunteers
- Bill Satterwhite (manages the bluebird houses at the JCRA)
- NC State University Entomology Club is bringing bugs
Free Afternoon Tours Start March 5
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Sunday Afternoons at 2:00 PM
March through October
to learn more about the garden and our collections? Our free public
tours begin this Sunday, March 5. Meet one of our tour guides at the
Bobby G Wilder Visitor Center at 2:00 PM each Sunday March through
October. These 10.5 acres have a lot of stories to tell and our guides
are happy to share them with you. The garden and perspective are
ever-changing and worth a weekly stroll.
one, come all. You don't have to be a member to join these tours.
They're free and open to the public. They're a great place to bring
out-of-town guests who are interested in plants or beautiful gardens.
We hope you'll join us. Tours are rain or shine, unless it is icy or there is lightning.
Plant and Garden Photography
By Bryce Lane, NC State University, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer
Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Mondays, April 17 through May 15, 2017 – 6:30
Join Bryce Lane as he teaches all about the principles of photography
as they apply to taking images of plants, gardens, garden wildlife,
landscapes, and more. Come learn how to operate your camera by mastering
the concepts of exposure, focus, and shutter speed. We will also focus
on framing and composition so you can capture all the beauty that plants
and gardens have to offer.
For more information or to reigister, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or email@example.com.
Friends of the Arboretum Membership Card—Don't Leave Home Without It
By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
your 2017 travel plans include the potential of visiting a public
garden, don't forget to pack your JCRA membership card! The American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program
free admission and/or additional benefits at over 300+ gardens
throughout North America and the Cayman Islands. This reciprocal program
is a JCRA membership benefit and continues to be a favorite perk. New
gardens have been added since last summer, so it is a good idea to check
the directory for updates.
I took this photograph (above) on a recent trip to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
As a JCRA member, I would have received free admission and parking. (I
attended a conference so I didn't need to flash my card this time, but
I'd love to go back!)
Be sure to check it out for yourself, Reciprocal Admissions Program
. Let me know or send me a photograph of your garden travels. I'd love to share your photos in a future e-Update!
Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
By Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Open to Youths and Adults Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5:30 PM
Recreational tree climbing
is coming to the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh! Climb with your
friends and family into the canopy of one of our majestic oak trees and
experience the JCRA like you never have before.
Brandt, founder of Piedmont Tree Climbing, will provide all the needed
gear and instruction. Before you know it you'll be 40' to 50' high in
the canopy having experiencing a view that few humans ever enjoy.
climbing is a safe and fun activity for both kids and adults. No
experience is necessary. Climbers must be six years old or older.
Climbing slots (50 minute sessions) are limited to six climbers per
hour—grab a few friends and sign up together for a great group
Nellie R. Stevens—Off with Her Head
By Douglas Ruhren, Perennial Border Volunteer
Nellie R. Stevens Holly hedge behind the Perennial Border was cut back
this winter. And, it was cut back hard. It has been cut back like this
before. Some of you may remember it being cut back more than once.
have been working hard to renovate the Perennial Border. This started
in 2015 and continued through 2016. Over time, it became clear that the
increased width of the holly hedge was an obstacle to this renovation.
The hedge occupied six or more feet of the back of the border,
compromising existing plantings and preventing s the hedge regrows.
likely that this change will shock some visitors. I remember well how
disoriented I felt when I first saw the cut back hedge years ago. It was
as if I walked into a familiar room and the walls were gone. Which, I
guess, exactly describes this situation. But at least you now know the
reason for this action.
Landscape Potential VI: Activating the Backyard
By Preston Montague, Landscape Designer, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
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 landscape designer Preston Montague at
the JCRA for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot
your outdoor space.
Landscape Potential VI
will help participants reimagine the way their backyard supports their
lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity. This exciting two-part course
begins with a presentation on strategies for designing an active
backyard, followed by a practicum in which participants individually
bring in photographs and maps of their property for a one-on-one
consultation with Preston to solve any landscape challenges they may be
the end of the two-part course, participants will have not only been
introduced to strategies for encouraging outdoor activity in the
backyard, but will also have personalized professional advice for
unlocking the potential of their home's most dynamic room!
wishing to take the practicum portion of this program need to register
for it separately by calling Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005. To ensure
availability, please contact Chris prior to registering online.
Individual, one-hour sessions with Preston are available on Sunday,
April 30 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCRA Daytrips = Adventures
By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
list of daytrips for the spring season is set and we are in for some
great adventures! The 2017 spring trips begin on March 30 with tours of NC State University's Phytotron and Conservatory, both on the main campus. At the Phytotron,
we will learn how plants are grown in controlled conditions for
research. We'll see a tropical plant collection in the Conservatory
that's used for research and Extension work, among other studies.
Our April 25 adventure
will be a tour of Pat McCracken's private collection and greenhouses.
After lunch on a lovely shaded deck overlooking a cliffside garden, we
will visit the near-by growing facility being developed by Camellia
Forest. Pat has overseen the development of this new site and will
discuss the thought process behind making and keeping the facility
environmentally friendly, and the challenges of designing a new nursery,
building large, interconnected greenhouses, and providing water on what
was a pine-forested site with a small pond. We will hear about the
range of plants to be grown and economic goals of this brand new site.
Pat will address the issues of getting a plant through the US Patent
office as well. Bonus: there will be plants for sale!
Our final day trip will be a full day on May 23 and will highlight two wonderful and very different gardens. In the morning, we will tour the Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden
in Kernersville with Adrienne Roethling. A continually expanding
garden, this is a delight for home gardeners who can get ideas from
Adrienne on growing vegetables while commercial landscapers can see how
to offer parking lot gardens. After lunch in Kernersville, we will head
to High Point University where Jon Roethling will be our guide for this
extensive and beautiful campus which was formally named the Mariana Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
in 2009. Jon has been instrumental in offering a wide variety of plants
and beautifully developed areas for a privately funded college campus
whose leaders recognize the value of green space.
For more information about these trips, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or email@example.com or visit the links above.
See you on the bus!
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Tuesday, March 7
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Experiences Teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea"
Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana
Thursday, March 9
Introduction to Insect Identification: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy
John Meyer, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology, NC State University
Tuesdays, March 14, 21, and 28 and April 4 and 11
Spring is Budding
Tuesday, March 14
10:00 AM – Register
1:00 PM – Full – Wait-list Started
✽Denotes a children's program.
Many programs require advance registration. Please register early to reserve your spot.
Other Dates to Remember
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Camellia japonica 'Dr. J.C. Raulston'
Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'
Brooklyn Botanic Garden hybrid magnolia
Tulipa 'Little Beauty'
Rhododendron 'Spring Sensation'
Aromi hybrid azalea
Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp. grandis
Magnolia stellata 'Chrysanthemumiflora'
many-petalled star magnolia
Tulipa orphanidea subsp. whittallii
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Four new videos were recorded in February and posted to our YouTube Channel. Look for them on our channel or click the graphics below.
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Your Membership Makes a Difference
Please Join or Renew Today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Todd Glenn
Programs and Education Coordinator
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
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