JC Raulston Arboretum 30th Anniversary Symposium

"Plan – and plant for a better world"

  • Friday, September 22, 2006 – 3:00 pm9:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 23, 2006 – 7:30 am5:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 24, 2006 – 12:00 pm6:00 pm

When J. C. Raulston began teaching in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, few could have imagined that he would become a galvanic force behind the renaissance in the nursery industry during the latter part of the twentieth century. After establishing the Arboretum in 1976, J. C. spent the next two decades mentoring scores of students and making connections among plant explorers and nursery owners, yielding hundreds of plants to test, grow, and share with the industry and the public.

In "Plan – and Plant for a Better World," we celebrate J. C.'s life through speakers drawn from colleagues, students, plant professionals, and the nursery industry – all of whom are the richer from his legacy. There will be links to the past, a roundup of current plant successes, and a salute to J. C.'s influence on future plant introductions.

The pearl, a symbol of beauty, traditionally represents a 30th anniversary. Come celebrate the "pearl" that is the JC Raulston Arboretum as it enters the fourth decade.


Roy Lancaster – Keynote Speaker

Roy Lancaster is a free-lance writer, plant explorer, and broadcaster. He has written many books and regularly contributes to various magazines including the Royal Horticultural Society journal, The Garden. He has worked at the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens and the Hillier Nurseries in Hampshire, England, before becoming the first curator of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in 1970.

Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D. – Arnold Arboretum, Senior Research Scientist

Peter Del Tredici holds a B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a M.A. degree in biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in biology from Boston University (1991). Peter has worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University since 1979, as a plant propagator, editor of Arnoldia, director of living collections, and, most recently, senior research scientist. Since 1984, he has been the curator of the famous Larz Anderson collections of bonsai plants, housed at the Arboretum. Peter has been a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture since 1992, with a strong interest in urban ecology. He is the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999, presented annually by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College "in recognition of outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening."

Peter has worked on various aspects of both botany and horticulture over the last 25 years. His interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant introduction from China, the root systems of woody plants, stress tolerance in urban trees, the ecology of conifers, and the cultural and natural history of the Ginkgo tree.

Roy Dicks – Raleigh News & Observer, Music and Theater Reviewer

Music and theater reviewer for the Raleigh News & Observer for the past nine years. Roy has been working with Timber Press on reprints of eleven books by English garden writer Beverley Nichols, an author J. C. Raulston introduced to Roy. He gave his first Nichols talk at the Arboretum at J. C.'s insistence, and now gives it regularly around the country.

Michael Hayman – Louisville Courier Journal, Photographer

After a storm destroyed 100 mature maples and oaks in the small city of Seneca Gardens in 1987, Michael Hayman replanted the Louisville suburb of 300 homes with 1,000 trees, many of them rare and unusual. He has extended his plantings into an adjoining park, Whitehall House and Gardens, The Home of the Innocents, and is a volunteer consultant for other Louisville neighborhoods who are interested in planting a diverse collection of trees.

Mike is on the Board of Directors of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Whitehall House and Gardens, and formerly on the boards of Yew Dell Gardens and the Landscape Development Center in Chanhausen, Minnesota.

Mike won the Local Horticulture Award from the American Horticulture Society in 1996. 

He has given talks about the neighborhood arboretum concept to many groups, including the Callaway Conference, the Eastern Region International Plant Propagators Society, and the recent Southern Plant Conference.

Hayman has been a photographer for the Louisville Courier-Journal for 22 years.

Bill McNamara – Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Director

In company with horticulturists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Windsor Great Park, and the Howick Arboretum, Bill McNamara has botanized extensively in the wilds of Asia. For the past 19 years each fall, he has ventured into the mountains of China, Japan, and India in search of plants. Working closely with Chinese and Japanese botanists, Bill and his colleagues are pursuing their mutual goals of research and conservation. He will show slides from his travels in the "great collecting district of Asia" known as the "Edge of the World".

Bill first read about British plant hunters while he was in high school. He remembers telling friends that he wished he had been born a century earlier, as the days of exploration were over. To help with college expenses, Bill worked at various nurseries in the bay area and became a California Certified Nurseryman in 1973. After graduating in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley, he left for Asia. For just under a year he traveled around the world visiting gardens and remote areas. He settled in Sonoma, California where he started Con Mara Gardens, a landscaping business, in 1980. 

In 1987, Bill began working with Quarryhill Botanical Garden, a private research garden in Glen Ellen, California. He was promoted to director in 1994. Bill was made a field associate of the Department of Botany, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and an honorary researcher of the Scientific Information Center of Resources and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000. In 2001, he became an associate member of the joint Chinese-American Committee for the Flora of China. Bill has a Master's degree in Conservation Biology and is also a member of the Design Review Commission for the City of Sonoma, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Plant Collections Committee, in San Francisco. He has had numerous articles published and also holds a third degree black belt in Aikido.

Don Shadow – Shadow Nursery, Inc., Owner

Don Shadow is owner of Shadow Nursery, a wholesale nursery in Winchester, Tennesse, specializing in woody ornamentals and rare and unusual plants. He received his bachelor's degree in horticulture at the University of Tennessee and has served as past-president of both the International Plant Propagator's Society (Eastern region) and the Southern Nurserymen's Association. Among the honors he has received are the Medal of Honor Award of the Garden Club of America (1989), the Individual Commercial Award of the American Horticultural Society (1993), and the Silver Seal Award of the American Federation of Garden Clubs (1994).

Kim E. Tripp, Ph.D. – The New York Botanical Garden, Director

For the past 10 years, Kim E. Tripp has been dedicated to the development, management, and interpretation to the public of plant collections in botanical gardens. She has extensive experience in planning, planting, and management of diverse landscapes, gardens, and forest environments; including historic landmark sites and gardens, urban spaces, and forest restoration. Her work includes research on conservation, sustainable use, and restoration of rare and endangered conifers; growth and development of trees in managed environments; and evaluation and distribution of plants of promise. She has collected plants in diverse habitats throughout North America (including Mexico), in South America (Chile), Europe, Japan, and western China.

Dr. Tripp has developed internationally recognized educational exhibitions about plants. She teaches and lectures on a broad range of horticultural and botanical subjects, and has published widely in public and professional, horticultural and scientific journals and books. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University - where she also served as Curator of Conifers for the JC Raulston Arboretum. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, served as the Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, has been Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden since 1999 and is now Director of the Botanical Garden.

During her tenure at The New York Botanical Garden, Kim has been responsible for:

Planning and completion of the new Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art greenhouse facility for propagation and research.

Landscape restoration and interpretation of the historic Benenson Ornamental Conifers, a 15-acre collection of rare and choice specialty conifers.

Horticultural rejuvenation and interpretation of the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum, a 40-acre collection of mature pines, spruces and firs and the Garden's earliest living plant collection.

Establishing a new program of museum exhibitions and flower shows including The Orchid Show; Momijigari: The JapaneseAutumnGarden; Waterlilies and Lotus; The American Woodland Garden; and Victorian Ornamentals.

Creation of The New York Botanical Garden Forest Management Plan, a plan for managing and preserving the Garden's 50 acre native forest, the last remaining tract of uncut native forest in New York City.

Leading the development of The New York Botanical Garden Collections Master Plan, a plan for the future development of all of the Garden's distinguished living plant collections: from Alpines to Zauschneria. The plan has been created with a unique approach involving a team of renowned curators and plant professionals assembled from around the world.

New interpretation and guidebooks for the Garden's collections and exhibitions.

Expansion and enhancement of Bronx Green-Up, the Garden's community gardening outreach program.

Planning for a new, water-conserving, Garden-wide irrigation system.

Bobby Ward, Ph.D. – Author and Retired Environmental Scientist

Author of The Plant Hunter's Garden – the New Explorers and Their Introductions and A Contemplation Upon Flowers – Garden Plants in Myth and Literature, the latter earning the Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association. Bobby is co-editor of A Garden of One's Own – Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence. He is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society and is a retired environmental scientist.


Private Country Club Reception and Dinner
Live Auction with Guest Auctioneer, Tony Avent
Tours (separate registration):
Montrose, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina - Full - waiting list started
Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour of Six Raleigh Gardens


Bayer Environmental Science


September 22, 2006 (Friday)*

10:15 AM – Depart JCRA for Montrose
11:30 AM – Montrose pre-symposium tour (limited – separate registration)
1:00 PM – Montrose tour ends, depart for the JCRA
2:00 PM – Arrive at the JCRA
5:30 PM – Registration and cash bar and reception
6:30 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Keynote – Roy Lancaster – "A Pocketful of Dreams – Plant Trials in a Small Suburban Garden 1982-2006"
9:00 PM – Live auction (with Tony Avent)
*Friday evening's activities are being held at a private country club. Please call for details.

September 23, 2006 (Saturday)*

8:00 AM – Registration, continental breakfast, and silent action begins
9:00 AM – Welcome and Roy Dicks and Bobby Ward – "J. C. Raulston – A Life in Plants"
10:00 AM – Bill McNamara – "The 'Edge of the World' Revisited"
11:00 AM – Break
11:30 AM – Michael Hayman – "Seneca Gardens, Building an Arboretum in the Front Yards of a Louisville Suburb"
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Peter Del Tredici – "Adaptable Plants for a Changing World"
2:30 PM – Kim Tripp – "J. C. Raulston and the Arboretum: The Eternal Magic of Plants and People"
3:30 PM – Break
3:50 PM – Silent auction closes
4:00 PM – Don Shadow – "New and Useful Garden Treasures"
5:00 PM – Auction Pickup
5:15 PM – JCRA Tour (optional, included with registration)
*Saturday's activities, with the exception of the Arboretum tour, are being held at the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education

September 24, 2006 (Sunday)

11:45 AM – Depart JCRA for Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens
12:30 PM – Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens post-symposium tour and shopping (limited – separate registration)
3:30 PM – Tour and shopping ends, depart for the JCRA
4:15 PM – Arrive at the JCRA


Montrose is the home of Nancy and Craufurd Goodwin. The nationally known complex of gardens on the site was started in the middle of the 19th century by Governor William Alexander Graham and his wife, Susan Washington Graham. The Goodwins purchased and moved to the property in 1977 and have maintained and expanded the plantings.

The grounds include several 19th century buildings, a rock garden, scree garden, several acres of woodland plantings, and large areas of sunny gardens with unique color and planting schemes. Unusual trees and trellises, fences, and arbores, designed and constructed by local artists, enhance the gardens.

Montrose is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservancy.

Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina
September 24, 2006 (Sunday)

Full - waiting list started

The mission of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens is to grow all plants with ornamental value that will thrive in our climate of USDA Zone 7b. Juniper Level Botanic Gardens is currently a five acre display garden containing over 11,000 different plants...some woody, some perennial, and some in-betweeners. The botanical garden not only functions as a display area, but doubles as a research and development facility.

New plants from seed exchanges, plants from their breeding program, and plants from their expeditions are evaluated for their garden worthiness, their adaptability to the climate of the Southeastern United States, and their ability to peacefully co-exist with our natives. We strive to sort out some of the misinformation and nomenclature problems that unfortunately, abound in this industry. We have extensive collections of, and specialize in the following genera: Agapanthus, Agave, Amorphophallus, Arisaema, Arum, Asarum, Baptisia, Colocasia (and allied genera), Crinum, Epimedium, Ferns, Hedychium, hardy palms, Hosta, Kniphofia, Ophiopogon, ornamental grasses, Polygonatum (and allied genera), Rohdea, Salvia, and Zephyranthes.

The gardens were designed using their philosophy of "drifts of one" to showcase plants in an aesthetic home-style setting. There are no drawn plans for the gardens. They feel that formal planting plans limit creativity and often leave gardens without essence, its soul. Their gardens are designed for year-round interest with peak season from late April through mid-October.

The cornerstones of their gardening philosophies are: a liberal (Tony hates that word) use of compost and careful monitoring of soil nutrition; no chemical spraying for pests on plants; allowing plants to grow in their natural form without shearing; planting the right plant in the right place; and having fun in the garden. As a matter of principle, they consider every plant hardy until they have killed it themselves...at least three times.

Juniper Level Botanic Gardens is an institutional member of the American Public Gardens Association (formerly known as the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta).


Van transportation is provided as part of the tour registration. Vans depart and return to the Arboretum. Please refer to the symposium's schedule for a complete itinerary.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

The JC Raulston Arboretum's 30th anniversary symposium is being held in conjunction with the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program in Raleigh, North Carolina. Proceeds benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Garden Conservancy. Please see this program's announcement for more information.

Registration Form

Registration is now open. Please use our downloadable registration form (removed from site) or call (919) 513-7005 to register.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the symposium at the Holiday Inn – Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, for $75.00 (single and double rates). For more information, please read our symposium accommodations Web page.

Garden Conservancy's Open Days

The JC Raulston Arboretum's 30th anniversary symposium is being held in conjunction with the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program in Raleigh, North Carolina. Proceeds benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Garden Conservancy. Please see this program's announcement for more information.

$195.00 for members, $225.00 for nonmembers.
Registration began on March 27, 2006. Please use our downloadable registration form or call (919) 513-7005 to register.
Private country club and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education at NC State University.
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Free parking is available at both locations.
For information, please call Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005.