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.

Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show – 2020

Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show – 2020

February 1 to March 22 – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily – Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show. Immerse yourself in a tropical oasis brimming with vibrant blooming orchids at the Orchid Show, a once-a-year opportunity to view a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive living collection. Peer through lush […]

Ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, is a good plant to consider if you are looking for a way to add winter interest to your garden. The berries are very showy and often persist throughout the winter unless the birds eat them. Winterberry plants are dioecious, male and female plants, so both male and female shrubs should be […]

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 […]