Preparing for the JC Raulston Arboretum Winter Walk Tour and Lecture

november-17-2008-018Volunteers are the backbone to any nonprofit arboretum, the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, in Raleigh, NC is no different.  There are many individuals and groups of individuals who participate in various aspects to support the JCRA; maintaining the gardens is one of them.

january-15-2009-123The Raleigh Garden Club, has maintained the Winter Garden for more than 2 years.  Last year, the RGC also added the maintenance of the Viburnum Garden.

Adrienne Jalowsky, Diane Kuzdrall, Ruth Updegraff, Helen Yoest, Vandy Bradow, Anitra Todd, Alberta McKay, Jewell Wynns, and Verna Medeiros

Left to right: Adrienne Jalowsky, Diane Kuzdrall, Ruth Updegraff, Helen Yoest, Vandy Bradow, Anitra Todd, Alberta McKay, Jewell Wynns, and Verna Medeiros

Each month, anywhere from 5 to 15 volunteers meet to prune, plant, transplant, weed, mulch,  map, and connect.  Yes, connect.  We, as individuals, are involved in other activities within the Club, but as a group, we all look forward to this time to spend together in the garden.  We discuss our gardens, especially our winter gardens, the various garden tools we prefer and why, our kids and parents.  It is so cathartic that we forget we are actually working.january-15-2009-082

This is our third January working in the Winter Garden and we are still in awe at all that grows there.  The JCRA Winter Garden is the best area example of what we can grow in our zone 7b gardens; this garden will show you and inspire you.  Each year, we are still amazed with what we see – the colors, contrasts, textures, barks, berries, foliage, cones, and FLOWERS.

january-15-2009-055Even though it was a very cold winter day, we happily met so that we could prepare the Winter Garden for the upcoming tour.  On February 15, 2009 starting at 1:00, the JCRA will host a free lecture and tour of the Winter Garden plus a plant sale.  This year’s speaker will be Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections.  Mark is a fantastic speaker and this event is always well attended and anticipated.

Here is a sneak peak of some of what you would see.

Winter Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Winter Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum

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We hope to see you at the Arb!
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  1. […] Even though it was a very cold winter day, we happily met so that we could prepare the Winter Garden for the upcoming tour. On February 15, 2009 starting at 1:00, the JCRA will host a free lecture and tour of the Winter … See more here: Preparing for the JC Raulston Arboretum Winter Walk Tour and … […]

  2. tina said

    Wow! What a great looking bunch of ladies in your garden club! Wish I could attend the plant sale.

  3. We do have a fun group Tina, you would fit right in!

  4. Great work that benefits all gardeners. I don’t know how many “outside our state” know that NC State’s research and plant introductions help all of us gardeners. We not only get to enjoy the JCRA, but we also get so much information from the NC State efforts.

    Cameron

  5. Indeed Cameron, that’s right. The JCRA is the best resource for learning about what plants do well in our region. The Winter Garden Friends lecture and tour is about as good as it gets to see what we can do in our winter gardens. The perfect example of gardening in the 4th season – Winter!

  6. Anne Porter said

    I love a winter garden – with it’s trees displaying their full architecture and the sweet fragrances that float in the air… not to mention the little flowers that pop up here and there — when one takes the time to look for them.

    And…. I love this dedicated group of ladies who so tenderly care for this precious garden. Many thanks for making it a magical place for all of us!

  7. You are too right, Anne. Vandy, one of our volunteers, reminds up to BREATHE then work. The fragrance is just wonderful.

  8. Can we trade winters? All I see outside is snow!

    You’re right the volunteers at places like this are the backbone. I was at a local plant conservatory recently and had to resist the urge to talk their ears off because they were working.

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