• Lippia Alba – Plant of the Month, June

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common NamesBushy Lippia, Bushy Matgrass, Licorice Verbena, Lippia, Marguerite; Marguerite Blanche; Marguerite Des Jardins; Melisse. Hindi: Basula; Chinese: 白棘枝, Kwéyòl: twa tas, Portuguese: erva-cidreira-brasileiraSpanish: Juanilama, Salvia morada, Salvia sija, Sanalotodo“The local and traditional names are numerous in Latin America, because of widespreadtraditional use, and are generally derived from its aromatic smell or medicinal properties. The most common name in Brazil is cidreira, but this can also be used for 17 other lemon-scented herbs with similar uses” (Matos et al., 1996).

  • Magnolia – Plant of the Month, May

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common NamesMagnolia, Hou Po (China), Honoki (Japan) Indian Bark. Japanese white bark, The flower is Xin Yi Hua in TCM, Blue Magnolia, Swamp Sassafras, Cucumber Tree, Lily tree Latin NameMagnolia Officinalis, Magnolia Grandiflora, and many more FamilyMagnoliaceae HabitatNative to China’s mountains and valleys and grows wild in mountainous regions. Now used inmany parts of the world as a garden tree or for landscaping. Magnolias are spreading,evergreen, or deciduous trees or shrubs. They have large fragrant flowers that can bebowl-shaped or star-shaped. Cutting propagation is preferred for most magnolias. It is commonin moist, acid soils close to wet places such as ponds, streams,…

  • Mulberry – Plant of the Month, March

    Plant of Month profile contributed by Jessica Grandey Common Names Mulberry.Chinese name: Sang Shen (Berry/Fruit), Sang Ye (Leaves), Sang Bai Pi (Bark)Persian name: TootAyurveda: ShahtootFolk names: Tut, Morera, GelsoThe sap is known as “blood of a goose” in Magical formulas. Latin NameMorus Alba (white mulberry) and Morus Nigra (black mulberry)There are upwards of 50 genera and about 900 species.  FamilyMoraceae

  • Rebirth of the Bodhi Garden

    On the very day of its planting ten years before, our beloved Bodhi tree gracefully yielded to Hurricane Irma’s easterly winds. It was as if the tree knew the storm may break it, and laid itself gently to nap through the worst of it. We felt a twinge of shock to see its uprooted end exposed, but quickly saw the humbling gifts it gave us: the tree fell beautifully intact in a form we could preserve to replant, and it didn’t harm a plant, human, house, or the nearby businesses upon falling. After trimming the branches and digging a deeper base for its roots, giving our lovely Ficus religiosa a…

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