JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
March 2017
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.

Raulston Blooms!
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"
Brie Arthur

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"
Bryce Lane

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"
Will Hooker

There 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 with you.

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:
  • Mary Jo's Studio
  • Kiki's Rewind Designs
  • Rimshotz Gallery
  • Artisanal Jewelry & Goods by Kate Wiegand
  • Compost Now
 And, educational favorites include:
  • Chickens
  • Bees
  • Vermiculture
  • Wake County Master Gardener Volunteers
  • Bill Satterwhite (manages the bluebird houses at the JCRA)
  • NC State University Entomology Club is bringing bugs
Come explore the garden and follow our Facebook page to see event spotlights.

Free Afternoon Tours Start March 5

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday Afternoons at 2:00 PM
March through October

Want 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.

Come 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

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Mondays, April 17 through May 15, 2017 – 6:30 PM –8:30 PM

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 chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Friends of the Arboretum Membership Card—Don't Leave Home Without It

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
If 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 offers 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.

Patrick 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.

Tree 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 experience!

For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Nellie R. Stevens—Off with Her Head

By Douglas Ruhren, Perennial Border Volunteer

The 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.

Volunteers 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.

It is 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 AM11:00 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 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 facing.

By 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!


Participants 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 chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

JCRA Daytrips = Adventures

By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

The 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 chris_glenn@ncsu.edu or visit the links above.

See you on the bus!
Upcoming Events
Arboretum Guided Tours
Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, and 26
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Bulb Madness"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Tuesday, March 7
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Experiences Teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea"
Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana
Thursday, March 9
7:30 PM

Homeschool Day
Spring is Budding
Tuesday, March 14
10:00 AM – Register
1:00 PM – Full – Wait-list Started

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
6:30 PM

Photography Walk
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, March 16
2:00 PM

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
"Creating a New Ecosystem: the Development of a Piedmont Prairie"
Annabel Renwick, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Saturday, March 18
10:00 AM

Y Guides and Y Princess Programs
Second Year Event
Saturday, March 18
1:00 PM – Register
2:30 PM – Register

Renewal Pruning Class and Demonstration
Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer
Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Wildflower Havens of Wake County ... and How Geology Influences Them"
Hughen Nourse, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, March 27
10:00 AM

17th Annual Birdhouse Competition
Part of Raulston Blooms!
Friday, March 31
10:00 AM–6:00 PM (entries accepted)

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Part of Raulston Blooms!
Friday, March 31
4:00 PM–7:00 PM (members-only preview sale)

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Raulston Blooms!
A Garden Festival for All Ages
Saturday, April 1
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Gala in the Garden
Sunday, May 7
3:30 PM-7:00 PM

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Camellia japonica 'Dr. J.C. Raulston'
Japanese camellia
Cercis chinensis 'Kay's Early Hope'
Chinese redbud
Magnolia 'Lois'
Brooklyn Botanic Garden hybrid magnolia
Tulipa 'Little Beauty'
Rhododendron 'Spring Sensation'
Aromi hybrid azalea
Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp. grandis
pasque flower
Magnolia stellata 'Chrysanthemumiflora'
many-petalled star magnolia
Tulipa orphanidea subsp. whittallii
Whittal tulip
YouTube Channel Update
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!

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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