Community Outreach

We will be participating in the inaugural Green Living Showcase this Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, One Veterans’ Place, in downtown Silver Spring. Silver Spring Green and Fenton Street Market are teaming up on the Showcase, which will highlight local businesses and environmental organizations that contribute to Silver Spring’s green economy, [...]


Join individuals, families, schools, and scout troops September 22 through October 31, in collecting nuts of native trees to generate seedlings for stream land restoration! Trees are important for their cool canopies, oxygen production, and root systems that reduce soil erosion of river banks, and absorb pollutants from getting in rivers and streams. Native trees, [...]


June’s issue of Washington Parent Magazine features my lastest article on a unique opportunity for connecting kids to nature and their past. Dinosaur Park provides information on the fossil rich “Dinosaur Alley” of Maryland and the Washington DC area and opportunities for kids to discover evidence of our earliest native plants and animals. The Dinosaur [...]


This Sunday June 10, The Abundant Backyard will be selling its popular native plant sampler kits for Butterfly or Shade Gardens. Customers from last year’s markets sent photos of their purchased gardens in bloom by late July. (see below) Each kit includes- 6 native plants, companion seed packets, 2 bags of worm compost and wood [...]


Alessandro was very happy to win this green basket raffle for his Mom on Mother’s Day, although he intends to try some of the honey! The raffle, which was spearheaded by Mary Phillips at The Abundant Backyard during the Fenton Street Market, raised $45 for Silver Spring Green and generated interest in sustainability in Silver [...]


Come to The Abundant Backyard tent at Fenton St. Market in Silver Spring on Mother’s Day Weekend Enter a drawing for a gift basket that celebrates the abundance of our region with locally produced, sustainable products! Basket Includes: Abundant Backyard Gift Certificate for One hour “Garden Buddy” Consultation for ideas on sustainable gardening strategies to [...]


FRIENDS OF SLIGO CREEK WILL RECEIVE A DONATION FOR EACH ABUNDANT BACKYARD SUSTAINABLE GARDEN SAMPLER KIT SOLD Summer 2011. Sligo Creek flows eight miles through the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC – from its headwaters in Wheaton, through Silver Spring and then Takoma Park, underneath Riggs Road and through the western edge of Hyattsville. There it [...]


January 26th, 2011

Protect Our Watershed Eat Local


Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to attend Governor and First Lady O’Malley’s Buy Local Cookout at their residence Maryland’s Government House.  This event officially kicked-off Maryland’s “Buy Local Challenge” week, which encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally-grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day.  The best part of the cookout was [...]


This is a place I discovered over ten years ago on one of the Valley Craft Network’s spring tours just west of Fredrick Maryland.  At that time it was primarily the family’s home and  gardens with a small herb and gift cottage shop.  It has since expanded to a thriving garden center with many beautiful gardens and restored historic craft buildings.   [...]


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