2016 Fall Plant Sale at NC Museum of Art

Pi Alpha Xi - Fall Plant Sale

The fall semester is back in full swing, and with that comes the Pi Alpha Xi fall plant sale!  Pi Alpha Xi, or PAX, has two plant sales every year at which they sell trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, vegetables, houseplants and more.  Profits are donated to horticultural non-profits, charities, and scholarships.  This year will mark the 34th year since PAX started having its sales. Continue reading

Dr. J.C. Raulston Inducted into 2016 Raleigh Hall of Fame

Dr. J.C. Raulston

Dr. J.C. Raulston will be inducted posthumously into the Raleigh Hall of Fame on October 3, 2016 in downtown Raleigh.

Dr. Raulston encouraged his students, colleagues and friends to “plan and plant for a better world.” He did just that himself when he founded an arboretum in 1976 as a faculty member of NC State University’s Department of Horticulture Science. The arboretum began as a teaching and research facility. Today, the ten-acre research garden, now named for JC who died in 1996, is enjoyed and used by students, green industry professionals and visitors from around the world. The JC Raulston Arboretum, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is visited by over 100,000 people yearly and is a vital part of the Raleigh community. In addition to touring the grounds, visitors can participate in a variety of events ranging from educational seminars to fun events for the family. JC’s legacy can also be found throughout the city–he willed funds from his estate for the city’s park system to plant flowering trees for twenty years.

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Student Landscape Design with Community Engagement

Service Learning and Community Engagement with the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) Veteran’s Memorial Garden: Impacts of the HS 401 Landscape Design

There are many ways design faculty implement community engagement. There is little evaluation about the different ways these efforts may impact student learning or the community satisfaction. Continue reading

Comings & Goings – March 2016



Kathryn Wall – JCRA Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Kathryn has extensive experience with managing volunteers and membership creation. She has a BA in journalism and is an avid gardener and member of the NRUMC Community Garden. Welcome Kathryn!

Allison Ballantyne – Extension Assistant with the Pesticide Safety Education Program

Allison comes to us from Columbus, Ohio and previously served as a plant health specialist and inspector for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. She has a BS in plant biology from Ohio University and is also a certified yoga instructor. Welcome Allison!   Continue reading