Our family hosted our second annual Neighborhood Harvest Potluck where guests were invited to bring a menu item that was grown or raised within 100 miles of our neighborhood in Silver Spring MD.   Held the day before Labor Day, we received so much positive feedback from our first year that we had to do it [...]

November 11th, 2009

Backyard Birthday Elves

I never thought I would mourn a tree- but all of us in the family expressed sadness as the huge maple that towered above our home and defined our backyard was taken down.  We explored all sorts of ways to keep the tree, but it had weakened on one side and was being eaten from [...]

November 5th, 2009

The Evolving Herb Garden

My husband and I had our wedding reception in a dining hall on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington DC.   Some of our wedding photos were taken in the Cathedral’s walled garden filled with rosemary and roses and other fragrant plants.  My backyard came with a wall of roses that bloomed a solid [...]

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