JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
May 2017
Your Monthly News and Updates
Director's Note
By Mark Weathington, Director
Our favorite time of year is here—it’s Gala in the Garden time once again and I don’t think I’ve ever seen our staff as excited as they are this year for the areas best garden party. Between the signature cocktail to greet you when you arrive to the fantastic food and of course the famed silent auction, this event is one you definitely don’t want to miss. Online registration closes on May 3, so don’t delay. Walk-in registrations welcome on Sunday.

The gardens started last month a bit dry but we sure ended the month with plenty of water—almost 8" in two days! Other than some soggy paths and boggy beds, the Arboretum fared very well. The plants should be well-hydrated as they hit peak growth over the next few weeks. This time of year is amazing as the garden is transformed on a daily basis. If you can, I’d encourage you to visit often to watch the transformation.

On a personal note, I’m very excited to announce the publication of my new book from Timber Press this month— Gardening in the South, The Complete Homeowner’s Guide . This has been a labor of love, consuming most of my weekends for the better part of a year. I’ll be having the book launch here at the Arboretum on May 11 and I hope to see you there. If you don’t live close enough, keep an eye out—I’ve got talks scheduled around North Carolina and throughout the Southeast over the next year so I’ll likely be coming to a town near you. You’ll be able to purchase the book here at the JCRA or wherever you purchase books—encourage your local garden center or independent bookseller to carry it if they don’t already have it.

Plant Records Volunteers Needed

By Andrew Pais, Database and Plant Records Coordinator

To misquote the philosopher George Berkeley, "If a tree falls in the JC Raulston Arboretum and no one is there to record it, does it make a sound?" This is a question that we at JCRA must address on a weekly basis. Take for instance our recently departed friend Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Barabits Requiem’.

Why is it important to record this tree's death or its replacement? Imagine you drove for hours to see this Sierra redwood sapling, and imagine how frustrated you'd be trying to locate a plant that was listed as present on our Web site. This challenge is why it is so critical to keep updated records of our collections and not just recent plantings.

Please consider volunteering in the effort to keep updated records, labels, and maps of our collections. Volunteers will get to take morning strolls through different plant beds every week to help assess and update what's truly out there or not. This work provides an excellent opportunity to practice plant identification, and every week presents a brand new set of mysteries to solve—discovering bulbs that have gone missing over the past few winters to finding perennials, shrubs, and trees that have been planted but never recorded or labelled!

Contact me at or (919) 513-7007 if you'd like to assist in solving some of the Arboretum’s ongoing mysteries. The experience provides an intermediate amount of both indoor and outdoor activity. We promise you plenty of time in front of plants in addition to having opportunities to update the computer database!

Propagation Workshop

By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 9:00 AM3:00 PM

Join Tim Alderton and Chris Glenn in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Participants go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Each participants chooses which plants they want to propagate from the JCRA's collection of over 6,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. If you've ever wanted a plant from the JCRA's collection, but couldn't find it available for sale, this is your chance to propagate it along with many others. Our propagation workshops always fill quickly so register today.

For those of you that have already taken one of our propagation workshops, we've scheduled a June 3 workshop just for you.

Say Hello to Simchock Stone

By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

Remember the beautiful stone lanterns around the Lath House during Moonlight in the Garden? Those one-of-a-kind beauties are the creation of Bob Simchock of Simchock Stone. And, we are delighted to welcome Simchock Stone as a member benefit provider.

Bob Simchock loves stone. And it doesn't take long strolling through his stone creations to see he has an eye for finding the unique characteristics in each stone. Simchock Stone has something for every garden: Art pieces, birdbaths, lanterns, benches, tables, and inuksuks. I warn you Bob's passion for stone is infectious and perhaps a little addictive.

Simchock Stone is located at 5404 Old Hillsborough Road in Durham. Bob and his wife, Jenny, welcome you to visit, even if you're just browsing. They encourage you to call them at (919) 382-8773 to make sure they’re around. But if you're in the area and don't have time to call, stop by. Bob and Jenny love meeting new people and enjoy sharing Bob's work. You won't meet two nicer people.

Let them know you’re a member. JCRA members will receive 10% off any stone creation.

For a glimpse of Bob's work visit his Web site. Or, if your attending Gala in the Garden on Sunday, Mary 7, Bob donated a very beautiful granite birdbath for our silent auction.

Welcome, Bob and Jenny! I’m already looking forward to my next visit.
Share Your Arboretum with Friends

By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Arboretum and we have several things on the calendar in May that are perfect occasions to introduce someone you know to the garden.

Gala in the Garden, Sunday, May 7 is the Raleigh garden party. It's steeped in history and adorned with nature's beauty. The people are friendly and the food—delectable! The silent auction tents are filling with items that are both garden savvy and garden inspired. Invite friends and colleagues to attend—we'll be putting on our Sunday best.

Online registration is open through May 3.

Gardening in the South's book launch will be May 11 at our Friends of the Arboretum Lecture. In case you haven't heard, Mark Weathington has written a book.

Gardening in the South is comprehensive, enthusiastic, and accessible to gardeners of all levels. It features information on site and plant selection, soil preparation and maintenance, and basic design principles. Plant profiles highlight the region's best perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and bulbs. Color photographs throughout show wonderful examples of southern garden style. Gardening in the South is for home gardeners in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Spread the word, this will be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in gardening to discover the Arboretum. We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 PM in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. No registration required. Details can be found on our Web site.

For those attending Gala in the Garden, advance, signed copies will be available for sale then as well.

We thank you for helping us spread the word about our beautiful arboretum and hope you'll visit often to enjoy it.

Upcoming Events
Plantsmen's Tour
"Gala in the Garden Sneak Peek"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, May 2
9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

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

Photography Walk
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, May 11
2:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture and Book Launch
"Gardening in the South"
Mark Weathington, Director
Thursday, May 11
7:30 PM (reception and book sale begins at 7:00 PM)

Arboretum Guided Tour
Sunday, May 14, 21, and 28 (no tour on May 7)
2:00 PM

Garden Storytime
Friday, May 19

10:30 AM

Girl Scout Program
Juniors: Flowers

Sunday, May 21
2:00 PM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Feeding Your Soil: Composting"
Rhonda Sherman, Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University and Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, May 22
10:00 AM

Day Tripping to Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden and High Point University
Tuesday, May 23
8:45 AM

Garden Storytime
Friday, May 26
10:30 AM

Propagation Workshop
Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Saturday, May 27 (past participants workshop on Saturday, June 3 also available)
9:00 AM

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Thursday, April 11
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki 'Kinme'  
golden-tip Japanese yew-pine
Deutzia setchuenensis var. corymbiflora
Sichuan deutzia
Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross'
iron cross oxalis
Triteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithuriel's spear
Ilex cornuta 'Masashi's Gold'
golden Chinese holly
Rosa 'Jacrite' (Rio Samba™)
tea rose
Rosa 'Meiggili' (Peach Drift®)
ground cover rose
Heuchera 'Glitter'
coral bells
Acer palmatum 'Hana Matoi'
variegated dissectum Japanese maple
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in April 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
Christopher Todd Glenn
Programs and Education Coordinator
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 513-7005

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