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Butterfly Garden Cleanup

Butterfly garden

The butterfly garden had become a little out of control and was not the easiest place to navigate through with the tons of Chasmanthium obscuring the walkway. Some major clean up was done and the water feature (a mosquito magnet) was removed and filled in, making the space a lot more comfortable and  inviting to all who happen to wander through.

Former JCRA Intern is Heading to Edinburgh!

We are very excited to announce that Amanda Wilkins, 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum intern and volunteer, has been accepted into the University of Edinburgh’s Master’s program in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Amanda volunteering at a JCRA children's program event.

Amanda volunteering at a JCRA children’s program event.

She starts her year-long studies in September where she hopes to gain a better understanding of plant taxonomy and perspective on international public horticulture. She hopes to one day be a curator at a botanical garden. Amanda graduated from N.C. State with her bachelor’s in horticultural science in December 2013, and has since interned at the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Amanda (far right) and co-workers at Polly Hill Arboretum working hard.

Amanda (far right) and co-workers at Polly Hill Arboretum working hard.

She was just added to the staff at the Mobile Botanical Garden as curator of collections where she’s developing plants records for the camellia and azalea collections. She would like to thank all of the wonderful folks, staff and volunteers alike, at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum for all of their support over the last few years.

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Autumn Japanese maple viewing at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Fall color is reaching its peak at the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Japanese maples are especially gorgeous. So, if you can’t make it to Japan this week for some countryside Maple Hunting (“Momiji-gari” ), visit the Arboretum. There are over 130 Japanese maples now showing off their autumn colors.ImageImage