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8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

March 27, 2013


Fragrant Sweet Box

Sarcoccoca ruscifolia


            I took a week off to celebrate the last days of winter, so you didn’t get your usual email epistle. My apologies are in order or my congratulations, depending on how you feel about Liquid Sunshine.  It would be perfectly understandable... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

March 14, 2013


Catkins and Japanese Pussy-willow

Salix chaenomeloides


            In typically fickle fashion, today’s weather feels more like January than March. It is still late winter, I know, with the first day of spring a week away.  I blame this feeling on the change in schedule for Daylight Savin... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

March 8, 2013


Spotted Laurel

Aucuba japonica


            Winter’s ravages have taken their toll on several garden denizens.  An Eastern Hemlock with two trunks lost one of them in the heavy snow load and high winds of the storm unfortunately named Nemo.  While I’m sorry to lose any tree (except m... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

February 22, 2013



Hamamelis species


            This is not the first, nay even the second time that I have showcased this plant in the annals of the Plant of the Week/Liquid Sunshine. The reasons for this are few and simple. First, this plant blooms at a time of year that is otherwise  particularly demoralizing: the excitement of the January and early February snowfalls has pa... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

February 15, 2013


California Incense-Cedar

Calocedrus decurrens


            One of the best things about wintertime for me is the notice you take of evergreens, especially the needled non-flowering ones (flowering evergreens include Oregon Grape-Holly, Rhododendron, etc). With little color and lots of black an... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

February 1, 2013


Paper-white Narcissus

Narcissus papyraceus


            We keep going up and down, from the trough of winter to spring-like apex. We have Snowdrops blooming in protected spots, as well as Labrador Violets. Those masters of survival, Dande... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

5-7:30 PM One World Roasters presents a coffee tasting for Central American growing regions featuring Costa Rican Tarrazu and Mexican Marjomot. Experience the fine flavors of these two coffees and learn about their origins. Take a guided tour of the Marsh Botanical Greenhouse to see coffee plants up close and learn about their growing stages.

For more information, visit

30 April 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

We are proud to celebrate the birthday of Ian Sussex, statesman of the plant world and bon vivant, professor and author, good friend to the garden and as good a soul as ever trod the good earth. This event will also coincide with the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Happy Hour. Alll department personnel, faculty and students are encouraged to join us as we kick the party off right. At five, the general public is welcome.

Admission is free, but donations are warmly accepted. There will be a plant sale of early... Read more »

2 April 2013  |  Posted by Eric

We host several class labs here at Marsh Botanical Garden. This semester EEB 223, Evolution, Functional Traits and the Tree of Life, with Marta Wells is here today, Wednesday and Thursday (April 2, 3 and 4). The flowering plant lab is one of our favorites, with as many of the 'higher' orders of plants on display that we can grow in our glass houses. The lectures are given 'down campus' in larger rooms, but then they split up into manageable numbers (usually around 15 to 19 per session) and come up here for the lab sessions. 

We li... Read more »

25 March 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

On Saturday April 20, from 10:00 AM to Noon, we will be hosting our first annual Spring Tree Walk. John Cox, one of our highly qualified volunteers will help me lead the tour. We  will highlight some of the shrubs and trees in our garden, talk about their history, how to grow them and just generally enjoy the day. There will be light refreshments served. Admission is free.


8 February 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

We would like to go ahead with our Winter Tree Walk this Saturday Feb. 23, but we will keep the winter walk close to the greenhouses. If the rain, the cold, the footing or any combination of the three make it unfeasible to continue outdoors, we will come inside for some hot apple cider, a bite of something to eat and a tour of the greenhouses. The Desert Collection, Carnivorous Plants and lots of tropical fruit trees will be the focus of our interest indoors.



25 January 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

January 25, 2013


Port Orford Cedar

Chamaecyparis lawsonii


            In my last article, I had it exactly wrong when I said that Ms. Wright Dixon had passed, leaving Jennifer Paterson as the remaining chef from the series ‘Two Fat Ladies.’ In fact it is Clarissa Wright Dixon who remains with us, while her partner has been absorbed by the cosmos. My apologies to Clarissa and anyone... Read more »