Sunday, October 5, 2008 – Maintaining the Butterfly Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum

As I’m getting ready hook up with the youth group I lead in maintaining the Butterfly Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Aster calls to tell me a new black swallowtail just emerged.  When they are in this stage, the photo ops are endless.

The light was to strong on the west facing sun when this photo was taken, I told Aster we need to go around back.  We took the chance and cut through the house.  Aster was a little skeptical at first, it the BST never left his finger.


So off to the JCRA to work the Butterfly Garden to hook up with my team:  Heather, Steph and Lara Rose.

Here’s Heather making a pretty picture while working in the Butterfly Garden. 

 Here’s me in the muck. 

Here’s me making my daughter Lara Rose mess in the muck.


All the gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum are maintained by various groups of volunteers.

In addition to leading these girls in the maintenance of the Butterfly Garden, I also lead the Raleigh Garden Club in maintaining the Winter Garden.  The Border Babes, lead by Amelia Lane for the past 12 years, meet every Wednesday to maintain the Mixed Border.  Other garden leaders include:

Ann Swallow leading the Japanese Garden maintenance team

Anne Clapp leading the Rose Garden team

Barbara Kennedy leading the Roving gardeners

Bob Davis leading the Water Garden teams

Ging McCay leading the Boxwood team

Kathy Violette leading the Geophyte Garden team

Rosanna Adams leading the Lath House team

Charlie Kidder leading the Scree and Rooftop Garden teams

Sandie Zarrara leading the White Garden and Containter teams

and Sandy Reid leading the Weekend and Tuesday Evening Rovers

In some of these gardens, the word “team” is misleading since many of the gardens are a team of one.  We are always looking for volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer at the JCRA, please contace Barbara Kennedy at

Helen Yoest


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