RGC members maintain the Winter Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum as a place that sparkles with the color and form of bark, berries, and flowers during the cool season. Volunteers work with Arboretum staff to help with design, plant selection, maintenance, and keeping plant records. 

There are always weeds to pull and cutting back to do, also new plants to discover,fragrance in the air and the fellowship of other gardeners.

We have also made wintertime visits to Montrose, Duke and private gardens in previous years.

Working in the Winter Garden at JC Raulston Arboretum

Planned Workdays

We meet once (sometimes twice) a month on Friday mornings at 9, weather permitting.  Planned work dates for the  2019 - 2020 RGC year follow:

September 27
October 18
November 22
December 13
January 17

February 7
February 28
March 20 
April 17
May 15
June 12

If you would like to help with the Winter Garden, contact Cyndy Cromwell and register as a volunteer for JCRA  in person or by email with Kathryn Wall at the Arboretum, kathryn_wall@ncsu.edu

A Winter Garden Walk - February 2019

The Winter Garden was looking beautiful for the tour during the Winter Garden Symposium this past February.  Cyndy, our chair, took a few moments to comment on the garden and its history.

The entrance showed a charming quince ( Chaenomeles speciosa  ‘Contorta’) in full bloom … a plant that Cyndy said does well in shade and sun, and this one is contorted, adding a glamour to the plant. Across the way the contrast of deep green pachysandra and chartreuse Sweet Flag ( Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon Golden’ ) made a perfect background.

The entrance showed a charming quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Contorta’) in full bloom … a plant that Cyndy said does well in shade and sun, and this one is contorted, adding a glamour to the plant. Across the way the contrast of deep green pachysandra and chartreuse Sweet Flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon Golden’ )made a perfect background.

A late blooming snowdrop lined the path with its nodding bells, here shown before a Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum) with golden foliage year round.

A late blooming snowdrop lined the path with its nodding bells, here shown before a Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum) with golden foliage year round.

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