Author Archives: marypriestley

Piney Point Hike

Today was a great one for a hike — couldn’t have been nicer! And I got to take what’s starting to become a semi-annual hike with the University Grounds Crew, along with Facilities Management Director Mike Gardner and William Shealy,

Piney Point Hike

Today was a great one for a hike — couldn’t have been nicer! And I got to take what’s starting to become a semi-annual hike with the University Grounds Crew, along with Facilities Management Director Mike Gardner and William Shealy,

NY Botanical Garden Book Review

It was a pleasant surprise to see the What if Trees Could Walk? book review on the New York Botanical Garden’s website. Good, accurate description, except that they neglected to say that the book’s available here on amazon.com.

NY Botanical Garden Book Review

It was a pleasant surprise to see the What if Trees Could Walk? book review on the New York Botanical Garden’s website. Good, accurate description, except that they neglected to say that the book’s available here on amazon.com.

Welcome, First Women of Sewanee!

This weekend, we welcome back to the Mountain women who were members of the first few “co-ed” classes at Sewanee, beginning with the Class of 1971. Between lunch with current students, gathering with the vice-chancellor, touching base with former professors,

Welcome, First Women of Sewanee!

This weekend, we welcome back to the Mountain women who were members of the first few “co-ed” classes at Sewanee, beginning with the Class of 1971. Between lunch with current students, gathering with the vice-chancellor, touching base with former professors,

Garden Volunteers

What a delight — especially for this lackadaisical gardener — to have this beautiful flower appear in my garden! (In fact, “garden” is a euphemism for this chaotic collection of plants.) Meet the perennial yellow wingstem, Verbena alternifolia. The corollas

Garden Volunteers

What a delight — especially for this lackadaisical gardener — to have this beautiful flower appear in my garden! (In fact, “garden” is a euphemism for this chaotic collection of plants.) Meet the perennial yellow wingstem, Verbena alternifolia. The corollas

Killer Plant

“What?! But it’s so pretty!” Indeed white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima is both pretty and poisonous. When cattle eat it, it poisons their milk. White snakeroot’s most famous victim was Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, but the disease killed thousands,

Killer Plant

“What?! But it’s so pretty!” Indeed white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima is both pretty and poisonous. When cattle eat it, it poisons their milk. White snakeroot’s most famous victim was Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, but the disease killed thousands,

Beautiful Beautyberry

Beautyberry is indeed a good name for this shrub, which seems almost too extravagantly gorgeous to be a native. But it is, as the scientific name, Callicarpa americana, indicates. If one didn’t know better, they might think beautyberry, with its clusters

Beautiful Beautyberry

Beautyberry is indeed a good name for this shrub, which seems almost too extravagantly gorgeous to be a native. But it is, as the scientific name, Callicarpa americana, indicates. If one didn’t know better, they might think beautyberry, with its clusters

Ironweed!

It may be my imagination, but I feel as though I can track the progress of late summer by noting the elevation at which ironweed is blooming. A month and a half ago, these deep purple blooms started showing up

Ironweed!

It may be my imagination, but I feel as though I can track the progress of late summer by noting the elevation at which ironweed is blooming. A month and a half ago, these deep purple blooms started showing up