JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
June 2017
Your Monthly News and Updates
Director's Note
By Mark Weathington, Director
Raleigh is the place to be—at least if you are a plant lover. With our numerous outstanding gardens in the area as well as some of the best nurseries in the country, the region is widely recognized as a plant mecca. It's no wonder that plant societies can't help but to heed the call as well. The American Peony Society will be holding it's annual meeting here this week and they kick off a packed year of national plant conventions in the area.

The ones on my radar include not only the American Peony Society, but also the North American Rock Garden Society will be here in November of 2017.  Next year the JCRA will be showcasing its nationally accredited Magnolia collection during the Magnolia Society International meeting in March, followed closely in June with the American Conifer Society annual meeting in June, and then the Perennial Plant Association in August. Those of us lucky enough to live in central North Carolina get a bit spoiled, attending one or more of these meetings will remind you how lucky we are to be surrounded by so much great horticulture.

Pop-up Maple Sale

By Mark Weathington, Director

The JCRA was recently gifted nearly 150 amazing Japanese maples from a generous (and perhaps overly ambitious) gardener in the area. These are all named varieties, mostly in three gallon containers and we don't have the space for all of them.

So, mark your calendar now for June 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and June 7 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM or until there all gone, whichever comes first. We'll be letting these maples go at bargain prices—no list will be available prior to the sale, but these are all great selections like 'Butterfly', 'Hogyoku', and 'Orange Dream'.  Quantities of each variety will range from single specimens to multiples of as many as 10 and there will be about 30+ different varieties available on a first come first served basis.

Ephemeral Art Lends Whimsy and Interest

By Kathryn Wall, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

Visitors to the Arboretum this spring have been intrigued by some new additions in the garden, and it has sparked a lot of conversations.

In the parking lot, dandelion seed heads perch on the lines, and seeds drift along the pavement. Thanks to Laurie Cochran, Sharon Raupach, Debbie Lackey, and Elise Hendley who worked with Lizzi Lathers to create this whimsical element in an otherwise commonplace parking lot. 

Our other springtime art installation can be seen going up the Weeping Walk to the Great Lawn. Volunteers experimented with several designs, and created the allium-like flowers. The "Border Babes," our Wednesday garden volunteer team led by Amelia Lane, assembled the final design. Pictured here (above) are Ann Sumner, Sandy Horn, Janel Thomas, Laurie Cochran, London Wa, and Carol Williams. 

Based on the conversations I've had with visitors, there may be a lot of wire ball allium sprouting up around the country next year!

These projects came out of our ephemeral art task force which plans to continue with future fun art projects that can be done by volunteers. Have some ideas to share with us? Please send them to Kathryn Wall, kbwall@ncsu.edu, or call me at (919) 513-7004. My Pinterest board is overflowing with ideas, and I'd love to see yours.

Meet the JCRA's Newest Staff

By Mark Weathington Director

Andrew Pais, Ph.D.

Andrew joins the JCRA as the plant records and database coordinator fresh from receiving his Ph.D. in plant and microbial biology from NC State University. Andrew has a strong foundation in utilizing technology for biological systems analysis and has a background in teaching through his teaching assistantships running labs for undergraduates here at NC State. He was recognized for his work in 2013 and 2016 when his department nominated him for the Outstanding Teaching Award and he received the Martha Sue Sebastian Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Andrew has also volunteered his time doing science outreach and communication with local elementary schools, advocating science policy to the U.S. Congress, participating in bio blitzes, and leading guided hikes.

We look forward to Andrew strengthening our already robust database system and helping to create new and exciting educational experiences for both children and adults.

Becca Wait

Becca, a Master's student in the landscape architecture program at NC State, has joined the JCRA team as an assistant research technician working in the Arboretum to maintain the collections. She has experience working with community gardens and as an intern with the Coker Arboretum on UNC Chapel Hill's campus. Becca has an undergraduate degree in environmental education and has worked as a teacher in residence and farm educator. Look for Becca out in the garden working hard to bring her skills and knowledge to better the JCRA.
Meet the Summer Interns

By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

A big welcome to our five JC Raulston Arboretum 2017 summer interns (above in purple shirts), all who are all students at NC State University.

London Wa is from Durham and is a junior in horticultural science studying landscape design. She may look familiar to you since she is also a JCRA volunteer. Alysia Mordy is from Portland, Tennessee, and is working with the JCRA's Children's Program this summer. She will be graduating in December with a degree in elementary education. Sophia McCusker is in her first year in the Associate of Agricultural Science program concentrating on ornamentals and landscape technology. She would like to own her own business someday, while helping communities to expand use of edibles in the landscape. Aaron Norton is a senior from Brown Summit, North Carolina obtaining degrees in horticulture, agribusiness management, and general agriculture from NC State. Bradley Hedgecock is a senior in horticultural science from Walnut Cove. When he finishes his degree, he wants to continue his education by attending graduate school in the United Kingdom. The Student Internship Program is generously supported by donations to the JCRA Internship Fund and by three named JCRA internship endowments—Dr. Robert E. Lyons JCRA Internship Endowment, Dale and Thom Henderson Internship Endowment, and Isabella Cannon Endowed Arboretum Internship.
Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration

By Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM12:00PM

Propagating plants is rewarding, often easily done, and is a great way to add to the plants in your landscape. Join Douglas Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed include division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed and other techniques. Doug will demonstrate each of the techniques discussed and show class participants how they can propagate perennials at home using simple techniques. Some of the newly propagated plants are shared with the students.

For more information about this program, please visit the JCRA's Web site or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu. Registration is available online via the yellow button below.
Concrete Garden Art Workshops

Hosted by Lasting Impressions and Benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum

By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator, and Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, Lasting Impressions and JCRA Volunteers

The JC Raulston Arboretum's volunteers are a talented group. Two of our volunteers, Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, enjoy creating garden art using concrete. They started Lasting Impressions to showcase their creations and teach others how to create their own concrete art pieces for their own gardens. They're hosting two workshops this July for our members and followers to learn how to create hypertufa troughs and concrete orbs. Register early to reserve your spot. Past concrete garden art workshops have all filled quickly. Lasting Impressions is sharing some of the proceeds from these workshops with the JCRA.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 9:00 AM12:00 PM

Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks which were used to feed and water livestock. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Participants will mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release a finished container from its mold.

Concrete Orb Workshop
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

Attend Lasting Impressions' exciting and new for 2017 workshop and create an orb (sphere) for your home or garden. You will construct and sculpt an organic and artistic orb made of strong, weather proof materials. Your orb, approximately 12"–14" in diameter, can be completed and taken home with you. Create a large orb for the garden that offers a sense of being rooted in the earth!

For more information including details on how to register, please visit the JCRA's Web site (links above and below) or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Upcoming Events

Garden Storytime
Friday, June 2
10:30 AM

Propagation Workshop (for past participants only)
Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Saturday, June 3
9:00 AM
Register (two openings available)

Arboretum Guided Tours 
Sundays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25
2:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Exotic Aquatics"
Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Tuesday, June 6
9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Garden Storytime
Safe Haven Learning Center Storytime
Wednesday, June 7
10:00 AM

Project PLANTS Summer Camp
Monday–Friday, June 12–16
8:30 AM
Registration closed

Photography Walk
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, June 15
10:00 AM

Garden Storytime
Friday, June 16
10:30 AM

Herbaceous Perennials Propagation Class and Demonstration
Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer
Saturday, June 17
9:00 AM

Garden Critters
Monday–Friday, June 19–23
9:30 AM

Gardens, Wine, Art, Food, and Markets—Italy, Monaco, and France with the JC Raulston Arboretum
Thursday, June 22 through Monday, July 3, 2017
Registration closed

Nature Detectives
Monday–Friday, June 26–29
9:00 AM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Extension Master Gardeners
"What You Don't See"
Louise Romanow, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, June 26
10:00 am

Landscape Color and Professional Field Day
Wednesday, June 28
9:00 AM
Registration opens soon

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Thursday, June 8
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Hydrangea arborescens 'Ncha3'
Invincibelle® Ruby
smooth hydrangea
Gardenia jasminoides 'Crown Jewel'
Ceanothus 'Minmarose'
Marie Rose™ summer lilac
Alstroemeria 'Sweet Laura'
golden Peruvian lily
Lilium 'Kentucky'
hybrid lily
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Kompeito'
Double Delights™ Star Gazer bigleaf hydrangea  
Cornus hongkongensis 'Gekkou'
  moonshine evergreen dogwood
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Turkey Heaven'
oakleaf hydrangea
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in May and posted to our YouTube Channel. Look for them on our channel or click the graphics below.

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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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