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 [...]


The Abundant Backyard will be at Silver Spring Holiday Market at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton Streets from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, November 28, 2012  Stop by to pick up a long lasting Forest to Field Centerpiece or Holiday Floral Swag featuring locally sourced greens, dried materials and beeswax candles!       See how we [...]


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 [...]


Green, Sustainable Features:  Reusable, repurposed container.  Long lasting – living houseplant or perennial container plant included in the design.  90% of all fresh cuttings sourced in season and locally. Price range- start at $50.00  and higher- depending on size ordered.  (Can be picked up in Silver Spring or delivered within 10 mile radius for $10.00 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


July 28th, 2012

Butterfly Garden Success!

Was so excited to find six (clearly visible) Monarch Catepillars in school native plant pollinator garden! The blue circles highlight 3 of the caterpillars. They were on the orange butterfly milkweed and swamp milkweed. Can’t wait to share with teachers and use as an outdoor lab with students on butterfly life cycle. Will probably need [...]


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 [...]


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