November 19th, 2011

Art in the Garden!

Our school’s Art Teacher, Miss Chiddo introduced the 2nd grade class to art of Georgia O”Keefe and then asked the class to do their own paintings of the fall flowers in the school garden. 


November 19th, 2011

School Garden Ecosystem

The 5th graders at our school recently studied how different parts of an ecosystem interact in our school’s native plant pollinator garden.  They were very engaged in dentifying  producers, consumers, decomposers and examples of symbiois.   During their exploration they found our resident praying mantis who has been in the garden since school began.  They named him [...]


Here is the progression over 3 years! 3 Years Later July 2011


June 30th, 2011

The Enchanted Backyard

A favorite part of parenting has been watching children discover and explore the world around them. It is an invitation to step out of our daily routines, see our surroundings with new eyes and reclaim a sense of wonder. For ideas in creating discovery areas in your own backyard check out my latest article on [...]


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 [...]


We had a great time selling our kits Mother’s Day Weekend at the Fenton Street Market in Downtown Silver Spring and the Olney Farmers Market.  Met so many people that were interested in learning more about Sustainable Gardening and native plants!   Met many who already understood the value and were great to connect with!   So [...]


ALL PLANTS SUBJECT TO AVAILABIITY-SUBSITUTIONS MAY BE NECESSARY. 6% MD Sales Tax applies. NATIVE PLANTS REQUIRE PLANTING IN APPROPRIATE SITE CONDITIONS.  WILL NEED SEASON OF TIME/CARE TO ESTABLISH. After much research, I have found some local wholesale nurseries to partner with that practice sustainable propogation of native plants from seed.   As a result I will be selling starter kits [...]


March 26th, 2011

Schoolyard Habitat Hunt

As part of their science curriculum this semester, 3rd grade explored the habitat of the schoolyard and its native plant garden to hunt for sources of food, water, shelter and places for wildflife to raise its young.  The Habitat Hunt lesson plan was modified by splitting the class into four groups to hunt as either insects, [...]


February 3rd, 2011

New Year New Enterprises

  Kirsten Quigley and Cristina Bourelly co founders Lunchskins Reflecting back on life experiences, one can often discover common threads resurfacing, such as an interest, value or skill that brings joy and fullfillment.  Following these threads can help you weave your own tapestry of authenticity.   As life is a journey, it may take some miles on the road to identify the [...]


January 26th, 2011

Protect Our Watershed Eat Local


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