Marsha Smith

Marsha Smith has been a Master Gardener since 2015. She has been involved in ornamental gardening and vegetable gardening for more than 30 years. Marsha maintains a large vegetable garden in Franklin County and has a sizable seed-starting operation each spring. She has been a Kemper Center Plant Doctor volunteer since 2015 and started keeping honey bees in 2016. Marsha received a B.S. in Chemistry from California State University at Long Beach. After working in analytical chemistry for a number of years, she earned a B.S. in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 1990. Marsha worked for nearly 20 years as a software developer and software architect.

Nyssa sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica or black tupelo is a beautifully-shaped shade tree with glossy, dark green leaves in the summer that turn brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows in the fall.  This native tree grows well in a wide variety of soils and moisture levels.  Black tupelo has male and female trees.  The small green blossoms […]

City Garden Tour – September 11, 2019

City Garden Tour – September 11, 2019

Twelve master gardeners toured the City Garden on September 11 under the guidance of master gardener, Stephanie Sigala, with help from Sue Chaires, landscape manager. Stephanie did an excellent job of explaining the landscape design and the sculptures. Sue described the mostly native plantings and how they have managed to reduce the plant predation by […]

2019 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference

2019 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference

‘Making Connections’ is the theme of this year’s University of Missouri Extension’s Missouri Master Gardener State Conference.  Connect with Mizzou, Horticulture Specialists from around the state, and Master Gardeners at this amazing educational experience in Columbia, Missouri. Fruits and vegetables, landscaping and ornamentals, Master Pollinator and other interesting classes will be offered. The event is […]

Aurinia saxatilis

Aurinia saxatilis

Aurinia saxatilis or basket-of-gold is one of the brightest spots in my early spring garden.  It prefers dry, not overly-fertile, well-drained soil and full sun so it works well in a rock garden.  It has grey-green folliage and is semi-evergreen in this area.  It is deer-resistent and dought-tolerant so it has a lot to recommend […]