Volunteers 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We hope to see you at the Arb!