Community Outreach

In order to maintain certification in Montgomery County,  Maryland’s Green Business program, businesses are required to report metrics on efforts to implement and educate about sustainable practices.   2011 through 2013  The Abundant Backyard accomplished the following results supporting its mission: Helping “eager to grow” homeowners and community groups protect our watershed and increase pollination of our local [...]


February 7th, 2014

Highlights of an Abundant 2013!

And they say 13 is an unlucky number!  On the contrary, this past year was full of so many projects and new connections in three rewarding areas. Sustainable Landscaping and Design.  As I indicated in my last post, The Abundant Backyard  was delighted to be a part of the first group of certified Green Landscaping Businesses in [...]


Under the guidance of Mary Phillips, founder of The Abundant Backyard, and with coordination of partners by Silver Spring Green, the Broad Acres Elementary School Living Classroom has flourished. Broad Acres kindergartners and first graders have completed spring planting in three raised 8’ x 4’ vegetable beds and two 10’ x 10’ native plant beds. [...]


At an event in Garrett Park today, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recognized The Abundant Backyard as one of the first seven businesses to be certified under the County’s new Green Landscape Business Certification Program, a collaboration between MoCo Department of Environmental Protection, the MoCo Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery College. Landscape businesses, garden centers [...]


The Washington DC Metro area is filled with opportunities to connect with one of our most important resources- Water!   As mentioned in my latest article for Washington Parent Magazine, River Keeping: Hands on Ways to Protect and Enjoy the Watershed, http://www.washingtonparent.com/articles/1303/watershed-projects.php. there are many ways for families to get involved.  Two upcoming events include, 1)H2O [...]


After doing research on the chemical make up of the standard green floral foam -commonly referred to as Oasis, the Abundant Backyard has stopped using it and is committed to using only non toxic bases for securing flowers and greens in our floral designs.   The link from a fellow sustainably committted floral designer, Gorgeous and Green, [...]


Join the Abundant Backyard at  a HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW to benefit outreach programs at the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD, this Sunday, December 2, 2012.  More than 50 artists will be participating.   There will be paintings, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, home made jam, cards, gift baskets, books by local [...]


Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center,  Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD Shop for wild and not-so-wild new and gently used treasures.   Find unique gifts from local crafters and the “Friends” members.. and vendors including Reflecting Nature’s award winning local nature photography on notecards, nature journals and framed art along [...]


Come Visit the Abundant Backyard booth and Go green with your holiday shopping this year!  Join us at this FREE green craft fair this Saturday, November 10 from 10am-4pm at Watkins Nature Center, located in Watkins Regional Park.  Explore environmentally-friendly, hand-crafted products from local artists.  Items for sale include jewelry, wood carvings, knitwear, gardening décor, and much [...]


Thanks to the Cub Scouts, the Jenkins family and Ms Tunis for delivering native tree nuts to the Potomac Conservancy’s drop off bin at the Abundant Backyard tent. These nuts are grown into native hardwood seedlings to support expanding reforestation and restoration efforts in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Click on the logo [...]


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