JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
September 2017
Your Monthly News and Updates
Director's Note

By Mark Weathington, Director

As I write this, I'm receiving reports from friends and colleagues in Texas about the devastation in their gardens from Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts go out to them and all the rest of the folks suffering through the storms and floods. Thankfully gardens are resilient and in the long run will be back and thriving long before the towns and neighborhoods where they are located.

As public garden employees and supporters, we are caretakers of a space that will continue long past our tenures and lifetimes. In the short term, a garden after a catastrophewhether a flood or an ice stormcan feel as though it has irrevocably been ruined but as stewards we always try look to the long term. At the JCRA, we'll be offering what support we can to our colleagues in the Lone Star State but ultimately it will be up to their members to bring the gardens back to their former glory. We wish them all as quick a recovery as possible.
Members-only Preorder Plant Sale

By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

The Members-only Preorder Plant Sale opens soon. We're finalizing plant selections, writing descriptions, and taking some missing photographs. Keep an eye out for an e-mail with links to the catalog and our new and improved e-store for placing orders. Fall is the perfect time for planting in North Carolina.
Moonlight in the Garden Returns This November

By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

More lights, more nights. We're thrilled that John Garner and his team at Southern Lights of Raleigh are back and working their magic. Food trucks, live music, marshmallows and fire pits—they're all back.

Mark your calendars. As you well know, this isn't your typical lighting event. Moonlight in the Garden is meticulously designed to showcase our internationally acclaimed garden and all its splendor and to inspire you with ideas and inspiration for your own gardens. Roast a marshmallow and enjoy a cup of hot cider all the while showing your support for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Be sure to beat the crowds and join us for Member Preview Night, Tuesday, November 7. Advance tickets sales start for members on Monday, October 2. For more details visit our Web site for more details. If you think our collection is spectacular by day? Wait until you see it under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. It is a magical experience you don't want to miss and is perfect for the entire family. We hope to see you there.
Fall Member Benefits

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Raleigh is the 14th fastest growing metro area according to the U.S. Census Bureau this year. As you know, our goal is to make sure every single person in our area knows about the arboretum and our mission. Check out this wonderful blog post by ActivateGood featuring the arboretum and our strong volunteer program.

Member-only Preorder Plant Sale

Coming in September, a chance for you to order exciting plants for your fall planting. Watch your e-mail for more details and a link to the catalog. 

New e-mail address? Make sure you contact me at kbwall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004.

Mulch Like the JCRA

Just in time for your fall planting, don't forget to take advantage of this member benefit! We use a blend of 80% wood chips and 20% leaves and find it doesn't mat, allows water to penetrate, and nurtures the soil as it breaks down. Visit the JCRA's Web site for more details.

Free Cool Plants

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7 at 9:00 AM for the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution. We have already allocated 217 different kinds of plants totaling over 4,500 plants to give away! We hope you'll join us for this fun and exciting event.
Fall Day Trips 

By Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Board of Advisors and Volunteer

Join us for an educational and entertaining line-up of day trips this fall! The first one is a rescheduled trip to Pat McCracken’s personal garden in Zebulon, which was rained out last spring. Pat has over the years released some colorful plants and will explain the process of getting a patent after showing us his gardens. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy it on his deck. From Pat's home, we will drive to the near-by location of the new satellite greenhouse and nursery established last year by Camellia Forest. Pat is the manager and will demonstrate the state-of-the-art system for growing and moving plants and describe what efforts were made to minimize the environmental impact as the nursery was developed. This trip is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19. Need more enticement? There may be some really unique plants for sale, including Pat’s most recent release. Join us and find out what that is!

Second on the list of day trips is a tour of the Sandhills Community College's gardens on Wednesday, October 18. The college offers horticultural classes and the gardens on the campus enhance the educational opportunities for students taking classes as well as offering the public ideas on what to grow successfully or how to put plants together in a pleasing design. After a tour of the gardens and a Q&A session, we will head into Southern Pines for lunch on your own before returning to the Arboretum.

Our last outing will celebrate the holidays with a tour of Homewood Nursery's production greenhouses and a tour with owner Joe Stoffregen to hear about how they grow poinsettias to market. Since we meet at the nursery on Thursday, November 30, plan to spend some time after Joe's tour to shop for poinsettias, browse the retail center, or see if there is something outside—plants, live wreaths, or Christmas trees—that you can't live without. Remember that Homewood offers JCRA members a 10% discount, so bring your membership card!

For more details on each of these trips, click the links above. Registration is available online. For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at chris_glenn@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7005.

See you in the fall!
Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies   

By Helen Yoest, Director, Bee Better

Helen Yoest, executive director of Bee Better, an area nonprofit helping homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, and butterflies, will once again hold the popular Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat course, teaching about our area birds, bees, and butterflies.

The focus on this course is to educate homeowners on the importance of sustainable, organic, and waterwise garden design, with a focus on native plants for resident and migrating birds, bees, and butterflies.


October 4 – Sustainability and Migratory Bird
October 11 – Resident Birds
October 18 – Butterflies and Bees
October 25 – Visit the Bee Better Teaching Garden

About Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest, is a lifelong nature lover and outdoor enthusiast. Helen has devoted her entire life to working towards bettering the environment. Helen's focus is through good stewardship—"It's not just about pollinators, but an entire ecosystem to benefit the soil, air, water, and of course, birds, bees, butterflies."

Helen Yoest holds a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science and engineering. An award winning garden journalists, three-time book author, with hundreds of published print features in national gardening and lifestyle magazines.

Registration is available online (link below). For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Tree Planting Class and Demonstration  

By Basil Camu, Treecologist, Leaf & Limb

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM–12:00 PM  

Proper planting is so critical to the long-term health of a tree. Many future issues can be avoided with a bit of knowledge during the planning and planting phases.

Every new tree needs three critical ingredients when being planted:

  1. Ideal growing conditions suited to its species type.
  2. Proper installation.
  3. Space in which to grow without interfering with infrastructure.

During this course, we will focus on the second critical ingredient, which is proper installation. We will provide you with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to properly plant a tree and how to avoid common pitfalls that lead to big trouble later on, such as the buried root collar.

This is a hands-on class so be prepared to get your hands and knees dirty! Besides, what fun would a class be without digging around in the soil?

About Basil Camu

Basil Camu is a Treecologist with Leaf & Limb. He loves teaching others about trees (he also really likes hot peppers, pickles, and anything from Lucette Grace). Trees clean our air, water, and soil. They provide us with food, shelter, and medicine. They make us happier, healthier, and wealthier. They are the technology that can help us fix our environment. Trees are amazing! 

Registration is available online (link below). For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
The Nature of Drawing: Holiday Card Edition  

By Preston Montague, Landscape Designer and Botanical Illustrator

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM–12:00 PM  

Join artist and landscape designer, Preston Montague, for an exciting two hours of creative play using botanical illustration to create your own unique holiday card! Preston will introduce participants to the basics of botanical illustration using plants found in the JC Raulston Arboretum. No drawing experience is required. By the end of the session you will have developed basic drawing skills as well as having created a beautiful, personalized card that can be printed and used for holiday correspondences! All supplies will be provided, you only need to show up and be ready to play!

About Preston Montague

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape designer who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. Currently, he lives in Durham, North Carolina working on projects that encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. His latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy.

Registration is available online (link below). For more information about this class, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Upcoming Events
Sundays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24
2:00 PM

"For the Birds"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, September 5
1:00 PM

Science Saturdaze
Saturday, September 9
9:00 AM

"A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning"
Basil Camu, Treecologist, Leaf & Limb
Saturday, September 9
9:00 AM

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Mondays, September 11 through October 30
6:30 PM

Fall Fun with Apples
Thursday, September 14
10:30 AM
Friday, September 15
10:30 AM

"Green Infrastructure: Why Horticulture Is the Key to Cities of the Future and Where You Fit In"
Debbie Hamrick, Director Specialty Crops, North Carolina Farm Bureau
Thursday, September 14
7:30 PM (reception begins at 7:00 PM)

Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"Clematis and Other Vines for the Garden"
Adrienne Roethling, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 16
10:00 AM (reception begins at 9:30 AM)

Open to Youths and Adults
Patrick Brandt, Piedmont Tree Climbing
Saturday, September 16
10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5:00 PM

Tuesday, September 19
9:45 AM
Register (almost full)

Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, September 21
2:00 pm

Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, September 24
1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Winter Flowering Plants"
Cindy Chappell, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, September 25
10:00 AM

Nature Paintings
Monday, September 25
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fairies in the Garden
Tuesday, September 26
10:00 AM

Pond Dipping
Wednesday, September 27
10:00 AM

Nature Play
Thursday, September 28
10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Garden Storytime
Friday, September 29
10:00 AM

Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 30
10:00 AM-2:00 PM 

✽Denotes a children's program.

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

Other Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 14
9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Thursday–Saturday, November 9–11, 2017 – 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Thursday–Saturday, November 16–18, 2017 – 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Sedum 'Maestro'
Gladiolus murielae
Abyssinian gladiolus
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
bitter panicgrass
Crinum ×herbertii 'Schreck'
crinum lily
Rhodophiala bifida
Hedychium 'Dr. Moy'
variegated ginger-lily
Buddleja davidii 'Potter's Purple'
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Two new videos were recorded in August 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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