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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 »

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

Eleagnus pungens

A few years back, Vincent Kay came by to ask if he could park a few beehives here at the garden. For many of you in the New Haven area, you will recognize his honey jars bearing the name ‘Swords Into Plowshares.’ He has several hundred hives that he has stashed here and there around the county and in southern Connecticut. He sells the honey, of course, but also sells candles and rents the hives out to orchards in the area. The honeybee is the undisputed heavyweight champion of frui... Read more »

24 October 2012  |  Posted by Eric

China Fir
(Cunninghamia lanceolata)

ID – Evergreen, needles spirally arranged, main axis standing out all around stem, those on underside turn upwards so they appear to spring from side, needles sharply pointed, 1”-2 ¾” long, stomata on underside surrounding midrib, bark – brown scaling off, exposing reddish inner bark.

Features – 30’-75’ tall, 10’-30’ wide, slow/medium growth, needles may turn bronze in cold weather, cones ovoid, 1 ½” wide, usually in groups

S... Read more »

24 October 2012  |  Posted by Eric

NOTICE: Beginning November 1, 2012, for safety and esthetic reasons, the overgrown hemlock hedges along the Prospect St face of Marsh Hall and Marsh Botanical Garden will be gradually removed. The existing large trees will be interplanted with mixed Rhododendron and other Ericaceous species, along with Aquifoliaceae, as already exists at the entry walkway for Marsh Hall. 

A subcommittee of Marsh Botanical Garden's Steering Committee has recommended that this hedge be removed. Eastern Hemlock, also known as Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga... Read more »

22 October 2012  |  Posted by Eric

Hakonechloa macra cultivars

For those of you living in the New Haven/southern Connecticut area, I’d like you to add the following items to your burgeoning social/gardening calendars. On Saturday, October  6, starting at 7:30, we will be presenting folk music, compliments of Kath Bloom and Ed Askew, two locally-grown folk musicians.  We are proud to join with Intercambio, as partners in presenting this evening of entertainment.

On Saturday October 20, time to be announced, we will be doing a  tree... Read more »

22 October 2012  |  Posted by Eric

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’


            The best time of year is a highly debatable concept.  Do you like the beach, the cooler weather, the floriferous spring, the Holidays, cookouts, water- or snow-skiing?  Or are you one of us who relish the changes, who love the beach but also the good outdoor working weather of spring and fall? My northern European heri... Read more »