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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 »

25 January 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

Join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday February 9, for a morning's perambulation around the garden. We will highlight trees and shrubs with winter interest, talk about gardening and the climate and top it off with something warm to drink and perhaps a light bite to fill the tooth. Our esteemed volunteer John Cox will help lead the walk. Please dress appropriate to the weather including good boots.

21 December 2012  |  Posted by Eric

Liquid Sunshine

Plant of the Week

December 21, 2012



Rosmarinus officinalis


            I got a few comments back about my round-about approach in last week’s column. I can’t always promise such inspired perambulation around the subject (and the English language for that matter),... Read more »

12 December 2012  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica


            While the plant we are highlighting today was almost certainly named for Johann Jacob Friedrich Wilhelm Parrot, I can’t help but think that Carl Anton Andreevic von Meyer also saluted the elder Parrot, Georg Friedrich Parrot (1767-1852) when he named the genus. Georg was the son of a surgeon by trade... Read more »

12 December 2012  |  Posted by Eric

Bald Cypress and Japanese Maple

Taxodium distichum and Acer palmatum


            Most of the leaves have fallen, but there are an amazing number of ‘hangers-on,’ including our two plants this week. I was remarking recently about the late leaf drop this year: even Hurricane Sandi didn’t induce as much tree disrobing here.  We have had a r... Read more »

11 December 2012  |  Posted by Eric

One of our fine old Purple-leafed Beech trees has declined to the point that removal is necessary. This tree, overhanging the parking lot to Marsh Hall, has been in decline for some years, finally losing two-thirds of its canopy this year. Because of the position of the tree, we feel it is necessary to be removed to avoid damage to vehicles and injury or worse to pedestrians. The work will be done over the winter recess.

The good news is that there is a young Purple-leafed Beech tree right next to this lovely old denizen of the garden,... Read more »

13 November 2012  |  Posted by Eric

Liquid Sunshine

October 31, 2012


Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica


            So fall color is variable, we get that. The weather is a big factor, soil chemistry and insect predation enter in and of course genetics have a say as wel... Read more »

25 October 2012  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Cream Ball’

I had a busy day today, starting with a drive through the rain to VanWilgen’s Nursery and Garden Center in Branford, where I was a clerk in the judging process of the Connecticut Orchid Society. I learned a lot from three very open and agreeable judges who blessedly asked the clerks’ opinions and more blessedly gave us their points of view in judging the different categories. Of course orchids are a huge plant family, with new varieties, hybrids... Read more »