• 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 Habitat & GrowthNative to China and is grown all around the world.  It is a perineal bush or tree herb with heart-shaped leaves that can be found in urban areas as an ornamental and can be found across the world wherever there are silkworms.   Mulberry grows easily in warm loamy…

  • 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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