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.

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 […]

21st Annual “Royal Daffodils” Daffodil Show

21st Annual “Royal Daffodils” Daffodil Show

If one of your favorite sights in spring is all the daffodils in bloom, you might want to visit the 21st annual “Royal Daffodils” Daffodil Show presented by the Greater St Louis Daffodil Society!  The show will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 11 to Friday April […]

Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Pallida’

Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Pallida’

Before the spring blooms start, witch hazel provides color in the landscape in January through March.  ‘Pallida’ is especially appreciated for its prolific yellow blooms which standout as they appear before the new foliage erupts.  Witch hazel blooms serve pollinators like honey bees that are taking early flights on warm days in late winter.

2019 Master Gardener Training

2019 Master Gardener Training

The 2019 St. Louis Master Gardener training class is underway with 54 new Master Gardeners in training. The classes started on January 3rd and graduation will be in early May.  Daria McKelvey, the Supervisor of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden,  teaches the classes on botany.  For information on becoming […]