JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
August 2017
Your Monthly News and Updates
Volunteers Grow More than Just Plants

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteers are key in the success of the JCRA, and not just in keeping the garden looking great. Greeting our guests and making them feel welcome is an important role as we reach more people who are experiencing JCRA for the first time.

Our current focus involves expanding our visitor services team and children's programs. These opportunities have flexibility and offer some weekend shifts for those who are looking to get involved but have limited availability. Both of these positions help visitors connect with the garden and experience a warm and friendly welcome.

Visitor Services Volunteers

Enjoy meeting people? Get to know everyone and everything about the garden! We are looking for people to volunteer in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and/or the reception desk of Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Our visitor services volunteers greet and welcome guests, orient guests to the gardens with a map, answer general questions about the JCRA, hand out maps and membership brochures, and sell apparel and books. McSwain Center reception desk volunteers also answer our general information phone line.

What are we looking for in this position? Excellent customer service and communications skills, ability to handle visitor issues in a positive and proactive way, and enthusiasm for the JCRA. We are looking for volunteers who can make a regular commitment, signing up for at least one shift a month. Shifts are three to five hours long.

Signups will be handled through SignUpGenius. Training is provided, and you will shadow a current volunteer before you fly solo. And on these hot summer days, it's a volunteer need that keeps you in the air conditioning!

Children's Programs

From school tours to Garden Storytimes, our programs are expanding. Cultivating the young minds in our community is a priority, and we would love your help. We have volunteer opportunities on weekdays and weekends. Signups are handled through SignUpGenius.

Contact me at kbwall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004 if you'd like more information. Or fill out our volunteer interest form.

Becoming a Better Home Landscape Gardener

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

Mondays, September 11 through October 30, 2017
6:30 PM
–8:30 PM

Becoming a Better Home Landscape Gardener with Bryce Lane will cover many topics that home landscape gardeners are interested in knowing more about. Each week, we will address a topic and talk about principles, skills, techniques, and approaches to being more successful in that area. From plant selection, to gardening with native plants, to pruning and pest management, come learn more about how to perform tasks that will spell gardening success.

Class Schedule

September 11 – Introduction, Home Landscaping Basics I (plant selection for energy savings and water conservation and foundation planting)

September 18 – Home Landscaping Basics II (walkways and use of turf, using color in the landscape)

September 25 – Gardening in Containers and Other Small Spaces

October 2 – Gardening with "Native" Plants—Principles and Practices

October 9 – Gardening to Attract Wildlife (birds, bees, and other desirable wildlife)

October 16 – Pest Management: Insects, Diseases, and Large Animal Pests

October 23 – All about Pruning

October 30 – Propagating Your Home Landscape Plants—Cuttings, Layerage, Division, etc.

For more information, please visit the JCRA's Web site. or call Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Class and Demonstration

By Basil Camu, Treecologist, Leaf & Limb

Saturday, September 9, 2017

9:00 AM11:00 AM

You are probably familiar with the term crepe murder (and if you are not, all the more reason to attend this class!). But what can you do to avoid crepe murder?

In this class, we will use the crepe myrtle as a vehicle to teach the basics of pruning. We will focus on the following:

  • Some basic terminology and biology.
  • The three basic cuts (thinning cut, selective heading cut, non-selective heading cut).
  • A step-by-step on how to make a proper pruning cut.
  • The overall goal of pruning.
  • Then, with these basics in place, an interactive demonstration on how to properly prune a crape myrtle and avoid crape murder.

The difference between expert pruning and everything else is knowing what to prune—and how the plant will react to each cut given all existing conditions – in order to achieve a specific goal.

For more information, please visit the JCRA's Web site or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Recreational Tree Climbing at the JCRA

By Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Eight 50 Minute Sessions Beginning 10:00 AM and Ending at 6:30 PM

Recreational tree climbing is coming back to the JC Raulston Arboretum! 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.

Piedmont Tree Climbing was featured on WRAL News and is listed among the top things to do this summer in the Triangle.

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 visit the JCRA's Web site or contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.

Upcoming Events

Yoga in the Gardens
Cecily Smith, Yogi
Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, and 30
6:30 PM

Arboretum Guided Tours
Sundays, August 13, 20, and 27
2:00 PM

Nature Detectives
Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11
9:00 AM
Registration closed

Juried Print Competition and Exhibition
Sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photography Association
Friday, August 11
9:00 AM-6:00 PM - Entries Accepted
Saturday, August 12 - Reception and Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Photography Walk
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, August 17
10:00 AM
Register (almost full)

Garden Storytime
Friday, August 18
10:00 AM

Yoga in the Gardens
Cecily Smith, Yogi
Saturday, August 19
9:00 AM

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Therapeutic Horticulture"
Rieppe Hendrick, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, August 28
10:00 AM

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Thursday, August 10
9:00 AM3:00 PM

Moonlight in the Garden
Coming November 2017

Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Lycoris chinensis × L. sprengeri
hybrid surprise lily

Alstroemeria 'Freedom'
red Peruvian lily
Rosa 'Ausland'
Scepter'd Isle shrub rose
Lagerstroemia (CP 09 DS 402)
crepe myrtle
Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo'
sweet viburnum 
Gloriosa superba
gloriosa lily  
Sedum 'Maestro'
hybrid stonecrop 

Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation'
purple Texas firewheel
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Two new videos were recorded in July 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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