Thursday, December 22, 2011


The Morgan Garden would not continue to delight its visitors without the help of a group of volunteers, the Friends of the Tiger Glen. Here are a few of these individuals are helping Marc create a mix of Bryum argenteum fragments, sand and soil to sweep into the "river stones" in the bed of the cleft.

I thoroughly enjoy tracking time in the coming and passing of astronomical events and mulling over the significance of it all. Today marks the beginning of winter and as the sun continues its ascent from our earthly perspective and grows in strength, I turn my focus to what has yet to come. I am very excited.

I have no idea what awaits me in the coming year but I have my desires. I am very thankful for the opportunities I received throughout 2011, even down to this last month.

You may recall in previous posts, landscape designer Marc Keane asked for my services in identifying the mosses in his Morgan Garden at the Johnson Museum. Amidst my frantic masters thesis writing I managed to squeeze in a moss photo shoot and a bit of corresponding descriptive text. To which I have already alluded, I am a little pressed for time, otherwise I would copy this interpretive information on this post, so click here instead!

I got to chatting with one of the curators at the museum and it looks like there is a strong possibility of me giving a talk on my involvement with this garden this coming Spring. I hope it becomes a reality!

Exciting Note: I have since contributed to 3 more botanical-nomenclature-focused publications! See my updated post for more details.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, you have an amazing blog. I can't believe I haven't stumbled upon this page before. It's nice to see someone else who respects life so small and magical like Bryophytes and Lichens. Ever since I first dwelled in this world I have been hooked on feeding my brain with endless research. If only I could find a program related to the fields, in southeastern Michigan... It seems like a lost cause in my home state...

    But the main reason as to this message, is I really need to ask you a question if that would be okay? I came across a small patch of this particular bryophyte, in an old flower pot. It had many different species scattered in it. There was this one patch, that was glowing. It stood out amongst all others. It is a cyan-like, almost metallic like color. It is so beautiful. I have been reading countless books, and information, trying to find something pertaining to it. I have posted in a forum, asking for indentification and people are stumped. I had people message me in private so amazed, and hoping I can get to the bottom of this phenomenon. I did collect some, and put it in a specimen container, and about 20 hours later it lost all its glow and turned a darker, dull green color.

    I would like to see if you would be interested in identifying this species. I've asked many, and have been trying for days. There is no information pertaining to this for some reason.

    So is there any way I can contact you, by email preferably? My email is if you are interested. I really hope to hear from you, I am sitting on the edge of my seat!

    Take care, and thanks for your time. :)