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.

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

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 […]

Epipremnum aureum

The common name for Epipremnum aureum  is golden pothos.  This is a good time of the year to evaluate your houseplants and pothos is a great, easy to care for plant. It is one of the best house plants for cleaning the air in your home along with other easy care houseplants such as snake […]

Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new St. Louis Master Gardener website.  Be sure to check out the Galleries to see photos of the 2019 Master Gardener Holiday Party and also the News. Some tips on viewing your hours…  Most of you that haven’t logged hours yet this year will not see anything on Current Year Summary or […]

2019 Training Materials

Following are training materials used during the 2018 St. Louis Master Gardener training. Basic Botany Plant Growth and Development Large Missouri Trees Small to Medium Trees Trees Not Recommended Conifers Conifers Shrubs I Shrubs II Perennials – Full Sun Perennials – Full to Part Sun Perennials – Full to Part Shade Annuals I Annuals II […]

Kemper Center Holidays 2018

The Kemper Center for Home Gardening has been decorated for the holidays with a nature theme.  Plant Dr Barb Hilton and Horticulturist Chip Tynan are enjoying the festive surroundings and were kind enough to pose in the sleigh for me.