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

By Mark Weathington, Director

The Pride of the Wolfpack Award recognizes individual NC State University employees for a special or unique contribution to their college, business unit, or to NC State as a whole. This year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awarded JCRA's own Elizabeth Overcash with the Pride of the Wolfpack award in recognition of her outstanding work with children's and family programming here at the Arboretum.
Elizabeth took over a pilot children's program in 2012, and in just five short years has grown our offerings to include six weeks of summer camps, major public events, and educational opportunities for youth in preschool to middle school. Additionally, her achievements are being recognized beyond NC State as well. She is just back from a presentation in Hawaii for the American Society for Horticultural Science on an in-depth, STEM-based program for middle schoolers funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Giveaway Sneak Peak

By Mark Weathington, Director

The famed JCRA plant giveaway is back and this year may be the best ever. We've got an outstanding list of plants to distributeone of our largest yet that gives our members the pick of some of the best rare, new, and proven performers. Check out a handful of the over 4,000 plants we’ll be giving away on October 7:
Philadelphus mearnsii – Mearns's Mock Orange

This southwestern species of mock orange is a new one for us. Our seedlings show excellent silvery-gray small foliage on dense plants, which is quite unlike some of the rangy species we’ve tried in the past. We assume the white spring flowers will be fragrant like most of its relatives but we can not yet confirm that. Grow in a sunny, lean soil. Based on the elevations where it is found, up to 6.500', it should be plenty hardy.
Buddleja loricata – Mountain Sagewood

No butterfly-bush collection is complete without this evergreen South African beauty. Sage green leaves are highlighted by the silvery hairs covering the stems and undersides of the leaves, creating the overall effect of a dense, rounded, silvery shrub. Size is usually 4'–5', but it can grow to nearly 10' in warm locales. It is sometimes referred to as the popcorn buddleja, since its flowers resemble popcorn.
Ledebouria ‘Gary Hammer’ – False Scilla

California plantsman Gary Hammer introduced this amazing South African bulb. Unlike many bulbs from that region, ‘Gary Hammer’ (the bulb, not the man) is quite happy here (even through our wet winters) and makes a clump of strappy leaves heavily spotted with pale maroon. Scilla-like flowers are pale greyish and interesting, but you’ll grow this one mainly for its outstanding foliage.
Curcuma petiolata ‘Emperor’ – Variegated Hidden Cone Ginger

This longstanding favorite has broad showy green leaves with bright white borders which brighten up a shady spot. In mid-summer, fragrant "hidden" flowers blossom pink before fading to white. Grow these easy plants with palms (like the Sabal minor seedlings also in this giveaway), elephant ears, and canna for a tropical effect.
Plant Giveaway Update

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Mark your calendar for the JC Raulston Arboretum's Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution on Saturday, October 7 at 9:00 AM. During this lively and exciting event, the JCRA gives away thousands of plants to our members as a thank you for their support. This year we are giving away over 200 different kinds of plants, which you can view on our newly released plant list . We hope you’ll join us for this fun event !
Moonlight in the Garden Exclusive Sneak Peek

By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

As many of our friends know, Moonlight in the Garden isn't your typical lighting event. This dazzling exhibition is meticulously designed to showcase our internationally acclaimed garden in all its splendor. If you think our collection is spectacular by day, wait until you see it artfully lit under the cover of darkness on a crisp November evening. It's truly a magical experience you don't want to miss.

More Lights, More Nights
Moonlight in the Garden Returns This November
Thursday-Saturday, November 9 11 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Thursday-Saturday, November 16 18 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Food trucks, live music, and marshmallows and fire pits will all be back again this year, as well as the creative team at Southern Lights of Raleigh (find them on Facebook ). They have expanded this year's design to include the White Garden in addition to a few other surprises. I know many of our friends are interested in the Stone Lanterns by Simchock Stone , and you'll be pleased to find this year's hand-picked selection around the Lath House with the exclusive opportunity to purchase a selection for your own home and garden.
Also, new this year is an expansion of our Members Preview Night . We hope you’ll join our team in welcoming members of the NC State Alumni Association to our special evening as we introduce them to our exceptional garden and to the people that make it possible.
Bring your family and friends out to stroll through the garden, listen to a live band, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, roast a marshmallow or two at the fire pits, and sip a cup of hot apple cider, all while showing your support for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

To buy tickets and check out the food truck and entertainment schedule, visit the JCRA's Web site  or call  (919) 515-3132  for additional information. Moonlight in the Garden helps the JCRA raise the necessary funds to keep our gates open and our admission free 365 days a year.

Be inspired. Be delighted. Be in awe of the beauty of a nighttime garden.
Members Preview Night

By Arlene Calhoun, Assistant Director

The spectacular Moonlight in the Garden officially opens Thursday, November 9 and closes Saturday, November 16, but members are invited to an evening all their own. Be sure to check out Members Preview Night on Tuesday, November 7, a special evening for our members to experience the garden in a more intimate crowd before opening day. Our Members Preview Night will be the only evening when you can stroll the magic of our nighttime garden with a glass of beer or wine in hand, so add this date to your calendar!
October Events of Interest

By Sarah Alford, Programs and Education Assistant

There's not much that can beat a beautiful North Carolina autumn day, and October is the perfect time to come out to the JC Raulston Arboretum, whether for one of our guided tours every Sunday at 2:00 PM or for one of our many exciting events.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
Albert Camus

Day Trip Series Continues

Itching to get out on the open road this fall? Our day trip series continues this month with a tour of the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens at the Sandhills Community College on Wednesday, October 18. T he horticultural gardens at Sandhill Community College feature a variety of themes with a special emphasis on the unique natural environment of the North Carolina Sandhills. Our group will be treated to a guided tour of the gardens followed by a question and answer session with faculty, and will top off the trip with lunch in Southern Pines before heading back to Raleigh. We’d love to have you travel with us! Advance registration is required and can be found online .

Propagation Class

Fall is a great time for gardeners to learn new skills, and this month we are featuring a propagation class with Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus from the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University on the techniques associated with propagating woody plants from seed . Join us on Saturday, October 21 as we dive in-depth into topics such as seed germination and dormancy to prepare you to successfully practice this skill in your own garden. Registration is limited to 24 people and will fill quickly! Advance registration is required and can be found online .

We hope that you take advantage of our engaging events and come out this month to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. See you soon!
New Apparel Just in Time for Cooler Fall Days

By  Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator  
The wait is almost over! New JCRA shirts featuring artist Sue Aldworth's Illicium design will be available at the Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution on Saturday, October 7, as well as in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and Ruby C. McSwain Education Center in the weeks following. Be among the first to wear these gorgeous new shirts and support the JCRA. This shirt is Sue's 12th design for us, and Mark Weathington highlighted the selection process in the fall 2017 Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter .
Make sure to pick up our popular 2016 Hydrangea design before they are all gone. We also will continue to have our popular Acer palmatum ( Japanese maple) design available in short and long-sleeve T-shirts and zipper neck sweatshirts just in time for cool, crisp mornings. 
Apparel is available in sizes small through 2XL. T-shirts are $15.00 each. Long sleeve are $20.00 each. And, sweatshirts are $30.00 each.
Call for Members Making News

By Kathryn Wall, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Friends of the Arboretum love learning about what other members are doing. I'd love to share a "Members Making News" section in our next Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter . I would enjoy including any news you may have to share that would be of interest to your fellow members. Don't hold back; let me hear it! We'll let you know if it's suited or not.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
2:00 PM

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 (continued from September)
6:30 PM

"Asian Valley"
Mark Weathington, Director
Tuesday, October 3
1:00 PM

Helen Yoest, Director, Bee Better
Wednesday, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:30 PM

Saturday, October 7
9:00 AM (please arrive by 8:45 AM)

Pumpkin Patch
Thursday, October 12
10:30 AM
Friday, October 13
10:30 AM

Science Satur daze
Saturday, October 14
9:00 AM

Wednesday, October 18
9:00 AM

Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, October 19
2:00 PM

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Saturday, October 21
9:00 PM

Fall Homeschool Afternoon
Tuesday, October 24
1:00 PM

Fall Homeschool Morning
Wednesday, October 25
10:00 AM

Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"Gardening on Rock"
Anne Spiegel
Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM

Brownies: Buggin' Out!
Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM

"Beardless Irises for Your Garden"
Carol Warner, Draycott Gardens
Sunday, October 29
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, October 12
9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 7 – 6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Thursday–Saturday, November 9–11 – 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Thursday–Saturday, November 16–18 – 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Hibiscus 'Fireball'
Fleming hybrid rose-mallow
Acer saccharum 'Flax Mill Majesty'
sugar maple
Hydrangea arborescens 'Ncha3' (Invincibelle Ruby)
smooth hydrangea
Crinum ×digweedii 'Mahon'
hybrid crinum-lily
Chrysanthemum 'Country Girl'
garden chrysanthemum
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Emerald Lake'
oakleaf hydrangea
Titanotrichum oldhamii
gold false foxglove
Crocus speciosus
autumn-flowering crocus
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Fournew videos were recorded in September 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
Sarah Alford
Programs and Education Assistant
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 513-7005

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