Enamored with Erythronium by Noah Oldham

Erythronium also called fawn lily, trout lily or dogtooth lily, are undoubtedly some of the most elegant plants anywhere.  They have the same nodding grace inherent in all lilies but in addition, they have a demure, quiet beauty that’s hard to miss.  The foliage is mottled and simple, with just enough of a pattern for [...]

2019-04-20T10:37:56+00:00April 20th, 2019|

Corylopsis or Winter Hazels by Noah Oldham

Corylopsis (winter Hazel) is a bewitching plant.  It’s closely related to the witch hazel (Hamamelidacaea) family which for me is all the endorsement I needed.  When I discovered that there were really only 6 species of witch hazel total I was pretty disappointed.  I wanted to fill my garden with them and perfume the whole [...]

2019-03-26T20:19:55+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Introductions and New Enthusiasm

Late last fall we were approached by Noah Oldham, a dedicated visitor and repeat customer here at the garden. He wanted to be more involved and provide support to our efforts and offered to write a few blog posts. What started as a way to use writing about the garden and its plants to learn [...]

2019-02-22T11:32:05+00:00February 22nd, 2019|

Container Gardens

by Dawn W. Todd If you have the time you can make a little piece of heaven anywhere in your yard. If you are short on time or yard, you can still have that heaven. All you need is a container and a few plants. A container (or a group of them) can separate spaces, [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:46+00:00September 21st, 2015|

Uninvited Guests

My husband Howard was puttering around the backyard last weekend. He wrapped his hand around an errant clump of recently mown grass and lifted. The hot sharp jab left a stinger in his middle finger, which he carefully removed, trying not to squeeze more venom into his flesh. He never saw the insect who, no [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00April 28th, 2015|

In the Weeds

by Dawn W. Todd I learn more about God From weeds than from roses; Resilience springing Through the smallest chink of hope In the absolute of concrete…. ~Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives   I am reading a book called My Weeds; A Gardener’s Botany, by Sara Stein. She doesn’t live around here, so it doesn’t have [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00March 12th, 2015|

The Solstice, the Seasons, the Symbols

by Dawn W Todd The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is gearing up for its yearly Solstice Stroll. For members, it will be December 18th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and for the general public it will be December 19th through the 21st, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. You all know what solstice means. According to [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00December 11th, 2014|

My Favorite Lasagna Recipe

by Dawn W. Todd, Nursery Volunteer I am shocked and appalled at the number of people who don’t know how to make lasagna. It’s simple, it’s easy—far easier than the alternatives—and it’s so good for you! I don’t mean the kind of lasagna you eat, of course. I mean the kind of lasagna that saves [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00November 5th, 2014|

A Tree Poem

by Dawn W Todd There is a poem on a sign under a tree in the gardens of Castelo de São Jorge. I haven’t been there, armchair traveler that I am, but I read about it on line. Before I tell you the poem I want to ask you a question. Why plant trees? That’s [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00October 6th, 2014|