JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update
January 2018
Your Monthly News and Updates
Director's Note

By Mark Weathington, Director
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 was as good for you as it was for us here at the JC Raulston Arboretum. We brought on new team members including Andrew Pais, Ph.D., and Douglas Ruhren as database and plant records coordinator and gardens manager, respectively; we published a book, Gardening in the South, The Complete Homeowner’s Guide ; and we spread the word about what we are doing here at the JCRA from Hawaii where Elizabeth Overcash presented to the American Society for Horticultural Science on our middle school STEM program, Project Plants, to Sha’anxi, China where we collaborated with colleagues from Atlanta Botanical Garden, Heronswood Botanical Garden, University of Georgia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University. Whew, it was a non-stop ride and 2018 is shaping up to be just as full.
We'll kick off our 2018 major programs with a dynamite Winter Symposium , "Creating a Successful Home Landscape: Where Ecology and Aesthetics Meet”, in mid-February followed by Raulston Blooms! the first Saturday in April (don't forget members get first crack at the plants on Friday afternoon's member's only preview sale), then the first Sunday in May is our Gala in the Garden and Rare Plant Auction. If you haven't participated in this event before, you need to check it out. It is a chance to get your hands on some of the choicest and most desirable plants aroundmany completely unavailable in the nursery trade. Packed in among those events are numerous educational programs for children and adults. If you haven't joined us for one of these before, make your New Year's resolution to come out this year.
Celebrating Five Years of Summer Camps at the JC Raulston Arboretum

By Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator
What started as a four-day half-day camp program has grown into full weeks of day long exploring, creating, and learning in our gardens. Campers spend a week using their hands and minds together to explore thoughtfully planned lessons on gardening and nature. It makes for a week like no other with a Mixed-Up Gardener and a trail of wacky mistakes; a garden inspired art show for families to visit; and, campers turned chefs who cook up recipes with vegetables they can grow.
2018 summer camp line up:

Garden Critters , June 1822, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Nature Detectives , June 2529, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Garden Explorers , July 913, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Artists in the Garden , July 1620, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Garden Chefs , July 30August 3, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Nature Detectives , August 610, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Project PLANTS , July 2327, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Over half the camps spots were filled during the member's only early registration in 2017. Parents chuckle when they tell us they are going to stop sharing our programs with friends because it's harder to get a spot now that so many other families have found our programs. Don't miss out! Mark your calendar! Set an alarm or two! 
Member registration begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, January 29.
Propagation Workshop

By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Join Tim Alderton, research technician, and Chris Glenn on Saturday, January 27 in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the JC Raulston Arboretum's collections via hardwood cuttings. If you've long wanted certain plants in our collection, but couldn't find them for sale, this is your chance to propagate them. Participants collect their own cuttings from the JCRA's collection of over 6,000 taxa, and, after learning more about propagating plants via hardwood cuttings, the class goes behind the scenes to the greenhouses to prepare and stick their cuttings. Workshop students go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with ma ny freshly propagated plants—some plants remain in the greenhouses under our mist system for a few months for optimum rooting. Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or chris_glenn@ncsu.edu.
Middle School Goes to Camps

By Elizabeth Overcash, Children's Program Coordinator
Calling all middle school families–send your middle schooler to camp this summer at the Arboretum! After three years of experimenting and refining the program as a grant-funded project, we are so excited to offer Project PLANTS as one of our 2018 summer camps. I couldn't be more excited to have it in our camp line-up and welcome all our students who have grown up with the programs.
We have selected the best experiences from the tried and tested science based activities, field trips, community networking, and social connections that were part of the grant project funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Open to rising 7th and 8th graders, the week will be filled with off site field trips to local horticultural and agricultural businesses, gardens, and partners. Field trips are connected with the science through hands-on activities and games back at the yurt. I hope you'll take a look at the program and spread the word to families with middle school students. Our children's programs aren't so little any more–here's to welcoming in the tween and teen years!
Upcoming Events
"Elements of a Winter Garden"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
Tuesday, January 2
1:00 PM

Saturday, January 6
9:00 AM

Gary Knox, Professor, Environmental Horticulture and Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops. North Florida Research and Education Center
Wednesday, January 17
7:30 PM

"Black and White"
Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography
Thursday, January 18
2:00 PM

Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
"Gardens and Travels"
Piedmont Chapter Members
Saturday, January 20
10:00 AM

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
January 22 through March 5
6:30 PM

Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Saturday, January 27
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, January 11
9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Monday, January 29
9:00 AM

"Creating a Successful Home Landscape: Where Ecology and Aesthetics Meet"
Saturday, February 17
8:00 AM

A Garden Festival for All Ages
Includes the JCRA Spring Plant Sale and 18th Annual Birdhouse Competition
Saturday, April 7
9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Sunday, May 6
3:30 PM–7:00 PM
Coming Attractions
By Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Daphne odora 'Hewreb' (Rebecca)
variegated winter daphne
Magnolia biondii
hope of spring magnolia
Helleborus ×hybridus (mid-pink shades)
Lenten rose
Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus 'Three Ships'
Turkish snowdrop
Prunus mume 'Bonita'
pink Japanese flowering apricot
Magnolia maudiae
smiling forest michelia
Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'
variegated thorn-crested agave
Mahonia ×media 'Buckland'
YouTube Channel Update
By Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
One new video was recorded in December and posted to our YouTube Channel . Look for it on our channel or click the graphic below.

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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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