JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
April 2017
Your Monthly News and Updates
Director's Note
By Mark Weathington, Director
We're kicking this month off with a bang—Raulston Blooms! starts on April 1 with all sorts of great activities, plant sales, art vendors, bird houses, food trucks and more. I'm especially excited about the mobile glassblower who will be showing off her craft. We should have some very interesting things this year in the plant sale including an expanded selection of perennials. Make sure to stop me and say hello during your visit and let me know how we're doing and what the JCRA can do to serve our members even better.

Now that spring has arrived—I hope—it's time to evaluate what damage this crazy winter has caused. We had plenty of plants leafing out only to be zapped by temperatures in the low 20s. Mostly plants look like they are pulling through in pretty good shape but I'll be interested to know how your plants are doing.  On the plus side, we had an amazing spring display of magnolias this year, mostly in February rather than when they were supposed to be out but they were lovely all the same. Even with the weather finally warming up, remember plants may need protection from frost through the middle of April. Keep that in mind as the gardening bug hits and you simply must start planting.

Have a happy spring!

It's Almost Here! Members-only Spring Plant Preview Sale

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Friday, March 31 – 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

Get all the details on our Web site. The plant list is now available, but check back often because we are adding new plants and more information daily.

Shop before the public for the best selection and be sure and visit Mr. Maple. Pine Knot Farms, and Superior Plant Nurseries, our invited plant nurseries. Shopping early is a member benefit. Save time by bringing your membership card with you, but we will have a list if you don't have it with you.

Arrive early and enjoy the garden with a special treat from Buzzy Bakes. They'll be on site and ready to serve around 2:00 PM. Cupcakes, cookies, and mini whoopie pies. Cold brew iced and hot coffee, lattes, and strawberry lemonade. An added treat while you wait to shop.

Have a nonmember that would like to join you? No problem, they can become members on Friday evening and shop our wonderful sale. JCRA members will receive a 10% discount on JCRA plants only.

No Fooling: April 1 Is Raulston Blooms!

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

C ome spend your day "prank free" at Raulston Blooms! and support the Arboretum. Food trucks, Howling Cow ice cream, artists and craftsmen, gardening talks, bees, bugs, blooms, and plants!

You may even want to try your hand at glass blowing. Bee Creative Glowing Blowing is setting up on the great lawn to help you blow a glass bird egg.

Raulston Blooms! 2017 Schedule of Events

9:00 AM
All Activities Open
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale plus select guest plant vendors – Great Lawn
Book Signing – Brie Arthur – Apparel Tent, Great Lawn

10:00 AM
Bryce Lane – "Improving Your Health: How Plants Make Us Feel Better" – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn

11:00 AM
Classical Guitar Performance, Meredith Community School of Music – South Terrace, McSwain Center

11:30 AM
Brie Arthur – "The Foodscaping Revolution" and book signing – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn

12:30 PM
Composting with Rhonda Sherman and Extension Master Gardeners – Great Lawn

1:00 PM
Mark Weathington – "Hot Plants for Cool Gardens" – Plant Sale Area, Great Lawn

2:00 PM
Will Hooker – "Permaculture: Sustainable Living Methodology for Home, Garden, and Community" – Speaker's Tent, Great Lawn

2:30 PM
Book Signing – Brie Arthur – Apparel Tent, Great Lawn

4:00 PM
All Activities Close
Gardens Direct - A New Way to Shop for Plants

By Mark Weathington, Director

It's all about the plants! That's what binds us together, whether you're just starting your first garden, or you have loads of experience or plant knowledge. So it's a pleasure to tell you about a new opportunity for you to shop with Gardens Direct . There, you can shop a whole variety of plant material and the plants will be delivered to the JC Raulston Arboretum for you to pick up on March 31 or April 1.

As a partner with Gardens Direct , the JCRA will receive 20% of the sale price plus an extra 5% if you select us as a nonprofit partner to support. These plants are all grown here locally and we guarantee they will be the highest quality. The first 20 customers with orders over $200 will also receive the groundbreaking new At Last rose which combines the ease of a Knockout type shrub rose with the fragrance of a classic rose.

Get some great annuals, perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs, trees, tropicals, planters and baskets, and even some garden accessories and help support the JC Raulston Arboretum in three easy steps:
  1. Go to www.gardens-direct.com now through 8:00 AM on March 29
  2. Place your order and choose the JC Raulston Arboretum as your shipping location
  3. Pick up Friday, March 31 from 4:00 PM7:00 PM or Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 AM3:00 PM at the JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road in Raleigh
New Benefit Provider Joins Our Valued Partners List

By Kathryn Wall, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

We welcome Piedmont Feed and Garden Center to the membership benefit providers supporting the Arboretum and offering you savings. Piedmont Feed and Garden , located at 4805 NC Highway 54 West in Chapel Hill, is offering JCRA members a 10% discount on plants and pottery. For many of these businesses, the discount they offer to our members is just one way they support us. These discounts help your JCRA membership pay for itself! We thank them and encourage you to do the same when you visit and use your Friends of the Arboretum benefit. Visit the JCRA's Web site for more information including the discounts these companies offer.

2017 JCRA Benefit Providers If you have a business and would be interested in joining this very generous group, please contact me at kbwall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004. I'd love to explore this with you!
Expanding Your Knowledge—Another Key Member Benefit

By Kathryn Wall, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

JCRA members are lifelong learners and I want to point out some wonderful ongoing learning opportunities that are free for members and don't require advance registration. Lectures are held in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center.  

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Monday, April 24 – 10:00 AM
Leah Dail and Karen Kattman, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

Saturday, April 15 – 10:00 AM
"Rediscovering Summer Bulbs"
Matt Mattus, President, North American Rock Garden Society

The JC Raulston Arboretum co-hosts the NARGS and Master Gardener lectures. NARGS lectures occur January through April and September through November and the Master Gardener lectures are scheduled January through October.

Bookmark our events calendar which has all links and details for these and future lectures.  

Can't make these dates fit in your busy life? Many of these presentations are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel .
Upcoming Events
Raulston Blooms!
A Garden Festival for All Ages
Saturday, April 1
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Includes the JCRA Spring Plant Sale and 17th Annual Birdhouse Competition (register)

Arboretum Guided Tours
Sundays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Lindens, Hornbeams, and More"
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Tuesday, April 4
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"You Can't Make a Living with a Specialty Mail Order Nursery"
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Gardens
Thursday, April 6
7:30 PM (reception begins at 7:00 PM)

Sixth Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Monday–Friday, April 10–14
10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Saturday, April 15
10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Sunday, April 16
1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Special Spring Egg Hunt Storytime
Tuesday, April 11
10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 12
10:30 AM

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture
Co-hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"Rediscovering Summer Bulbs"
Matt Mattus, President, North American Rock Garden Society
Saturday, April 15
10:00 AM (reception begins at 9:30 AM)

Plant and Garden Photography
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Mondays, April 17 and 24 and May 1, 8, and 15
6:30 PM

Photography Walk
"Depth of Field"
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, April 20
2:00 PM

Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA
Open to Youths and Adults
Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
Saturday, April 22
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
Full – Wait List Started

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Co-hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Extension Master Gardeners
"Pollinator Gardens"
Leah Dail and Karen Kattman, Wake County Extension Master Gardeners
Monday, April 24
10:00 AM

Day Tripping to Pat McCracken's Garden and Camellia Forest's New Wendell Nursery
Tuesday, April 25
9:00 AM

Dig into Veggies!
Thursdays, April 27 and May 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:00 AM

Landscape Potential VI: Activating the Backyard
Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator
Saturday, April 29
9:00 AM
Practicums available on Sunday, April 30

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Thursday, April 13
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

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

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Oxalis triangularis  
purple false shamrock
Tetraneuris acaulis
Angelita daisy
Paeonia 'Pink Double Dandy'
Keiko™ Itoh peony
Echinocereus coccineus
scarlet hedgehog cactus
Aucuba japonica 'Natsu-no-kumo'
Japanese aucuba
Delosperma 'P001s'
Fire Spinner™ blazing hot iceplant
Allium christophii
star of Persia
Rhododendron 'Tyler Morris'
Southgate® Radiance™ rhododendron
Rosa 'Radprov'
Orchid Romance™ floribunda rose
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in March 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 kbwall@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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