2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction

This is the week that we had expected to welcome hundreds of participants from all over the world to the 2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium in Raleigh, NC, but world events had other plans. So, we shifted gears and put together a replacement on-line symposium that will take place this Friday June 12 from 10am-3pm. This is a fund raiser for both the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and for the Juniper Level Botanic Garden endowment, so we hope you can join us safely on-line. If you sign up, but aren’t available on Friday for the live event, you will also receive a private link, so you can also watch the symposium later.

The stellar lineup for the 2020 rapid-fire on-line symposium for plant nerds includes:

Dan Hinkley – World renown plant explorer and founder of Heronswood Gardens/and Nursery. Dan will speak on A Morning Walk-through of Gardens of Windcliff.

Nick Macer – World renown plant explorer and owner of Pan-Global Plants in the UK will speak on Things That Turn Me on—Confessions of a Plant Freak

Kelly Dodson/Sue Miliken – World renown plant explorers and owners of Far Reaches Farm and Conservancy. They will speak on Plantdemic in the Far Reaches.

Jimmy Turner – World renown plantsman, Director of Red Butte Botanical Gardens, and former Director of Horticulture of the Dallas Arboretum and later the Director of Horticulture for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Jimmy will speak on The Land of Ahs.

John Cho – Retired University of Hawaii professor and breeder of the Royal Hawaiian series of colocasia (elephant ears). John was world renown for his breeding work with food taro before he turned his attention on revolutionizing the ornamental elephant ear offerings. John will speak on Breeding of the Beautiful Royal Hawaiian Collection of Colocasia.

Tony Avent – Founder of Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Tony will speak on High and Dry—The Wonderful, Wild, World of Crevice Gardening

You can find more about the talks and register on-line here

Rare Plant Auction

Following on the heels of last years’ auction that had plantsmen/women around the world drooling, we’ve put together another amazing list of auction plants for 2020…many of which are released for the first time, including many incredible rarities that you just won’t believe. Plants that are 1 gallon size and smaller can be shipped domestically to the lower 48 @ $6 each, but larger plants will need to be picked up at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.

The auction opens Tuesday June 9 @ 10 am and closes Friday June 12 @ 3pm. Bidding is open to anyone, so here’s the link through Click-Bid to sign up and bid. Bid early and bid often! Good luck!

Please help us share the word via your favorite social media site so more plant geeks can join us!

Friday Morning Podcast

More interesting seed pods from the garden this week.

CMYK

This past week I went to our catalog printer in Lynchburg, VA for the press check of our Fall Catalog. The whole scope of the process and vast size of the printing presses is quite fascinating.

A printed copy of the cover off the press is compared to the initial proof and any minor tweaks or color adjustments are made. Once the color is approved, the printer starts up again. It first puts down the yellow components of the cover, followed by the red, green and then blue. Here are some samplings, ending with the final cover!

Look for catalogs to arrive in mailboxes mid-August. You can request a copy here, or you can preview the digital version.

Tubing! Hummers! Summer!

The genus Sinningia is a South American gesneriad (African violet and gloxinia relative). Hummingbirds and butterflies just love the tubular flowers of Sinningia, and several species including Sinningia tubiflora, are quite fragrant.

Sinningia tubiflora

Sinningia flowers come in a wide array of colors from white, to yellow, pink, red and all shades in between. Sinningia species are drought-tolerant and heat loving…perfect for hummers and the southern garden.
We hope you will join us in our excitement over the wonderful perennial sinningia.

Sinningia ‘Cherries Jubilee’

Trout Lily Fishing

We’ve assembled a nice collection of US native trout lilies, but unfortunately they don’t adapt well to typical nursery production. We are experimenting with digging these spring ephemerals while they are in flower and shipping them at that time. Here is one that was a start this spring that hopefully we’ll be able to share in a few more years.

White-spotted leopard

Recently took this photo of the amazing white-spotted leopard plant, Farfugium ‘Kaimon Dake’…so glad to have this back in stock finally!

Now you can have your very own white-spotted leopard!

Stephanotis kissin’ cousin

Cynanchum ascyrifolium is first cousin to the popular wedding flower, stephanotis. Despite it’s ease of growth in the garden, and hardiness to Minnesota, it’s always been a poor seller. We wanted to share the photo of our 2′ tall x 3′ wide clump taken last week in the garden. We could be persuaded to propagate again…if enough of you show an interest.

A new redbud to cultivation

Since redbuds were a favorite plant of the late J.C. Raulston, and a feature of the garden that bears his name, I assumed that I had seen or grown all of the known species. Boy was I wrong, as I learned from Scott McMahon, Manager of International Plant Explorations for the Atlanta Botanical Garden on a recent trip to Georgia. Cercis chuniana, which Scott brought in from China, is one of two species of redbuds with pendant racemes of flowers. The other is Cercis racemosa, which we’ve grown in our gardens since 1995. The foliage of C. chuniana is glaucous and quite unique, along with the flowers emerge white and age to pink. We look forward to this amazing new plant eventually becoming available to the public.

Cracks worth peering into

So far, it’s been an amazing spring in our now completed crevice garden. Composed of 200 tons of recycled concrete, the 300′ long drought-loving border is home to plants that need extremely well-drained planting media. We hope you’ll be able to visit this fascinating installation during our Spring Open Nursery and Garden days, today, May 4, 8am-5pm, tomorrow 1pm-5pm, and next weekend, May 10-12. If not, here are a few current images.

Kale by the Sea

We’re now 2 years into our first successful attempt at growing the European Sea Kale, and have just finished our first flowering season. They key to success with Crambe maritima seems to be growing it hot and dry, since it resides in our gravel crevice garden. How cool is it to have a plants that is both ornamental and edible!