Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

Red Admiral butterfly resting on the flowers of a False Indigo plant.

  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

Hives in the City Awarded Silver Medal

HivesInTheCity cover scaled to fit FB

I’ve just been notified that Hives in the City, my book about urban beekeepers working hives in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, won a silver medal in the 2015 Independent Book Publisher Awards contest. Each year thousands of books are entered into the contest; this year the finalists included books from across the globe.  My book’s medal Read More →

Hey DC: Seen any rabbits lately?

Photo courtesy of the USFWS.

For some gardeners, rabbits seem as voracious and as ever-present as that other garden gobbling mammal, the white-tailed deer. They run across streets at dusk flitting out from under shrubs to eat every newly planted flower to the ground. But in other neighborhoods, the Eastern Cottontails have all but vanished from the landscape, remaining only as Read More →

Welcoming Wildlife to an Urban Garden

Old iron fences like these make great garden trellises!

Welcoming Wildlife to Your Urban Garden Join me tomorrow, April 18, 2015 @ 2pm at Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland for a workshop about urban gardening for wildlife. FREE! City lots and balconies may be small, but the actions taken in our tiny backyards can add up to a big difference for creatures like dragonflies, Read More →

ReCycling Bike Wheels to Make Music in the Garden

This group, working at the City Blossoms Girard Street garden last fall, chose to weave fabric scraps into their wheel.

The beginning of March is a frustrating time. I am done with winter now, and want it to go away.  I have been trying to find indoor garden projects that allow me to dream and be creative while the cold weather hangs on.  Two weeks ago that meant heading over to Wilson High School to attend RootingDC and Read More →

Please Help Scientists Find the Coughing Frogs!

Frogs! Frogs! Frogs! Photo provided by Matt Schlesinger

This just in! Your help needed! If you have a smart phone, researchers need you to record any “Wood Frog-like” calls right now and send them to the email below. You may have heard about a new species of Leopard Frog described this past fall from the NYC area: Rana kauffeldi Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog (a.k.a.  The Coughing Read More →

Help Community Forklift, Get Garden Tools, Too!

Old iron fences like these make great garden trellises!

GARDEN PARTY AND SALE  at Community Forklift March 28, 2015 9am – 5pm   Donations accepted! This event is a great excuse to clean out your garage or shed! Community Forklift, a non-profit salvage yard located in Bladensburg MD, is joining forces with DC-area nurseries to collect donations of garden tools and supplies for a good cause. WHAT TO DONATE: Patio Read More →

Care of Rain Gardens in Winter

The same rain garden as seen in the first picture, but this time seen from down hill.  Seeds left on the plants help feed birds.

Do Rain Gardens Need Special Care in Winter? This winter has brought extreme cold to many parts of the Northeast US.  Ice and snow have been building up in rain gardens in many areas, prompting people to wonder if the gardens will clog up and stop working. Along many streets in the Metropolitan DC area, rain Read More →

BEST HIKES with KIDS Washington, DC (Book Review)

The book is available through and Barnes and Noble.

My kids have reached the middle school years, and it is proving harder and harder to find the time to get outside together.  Sporting events, homework (ugh!), and busy parental work schedules have kept us indoors on many more days this year than I’d like to admit. When we do get outside, I find myself Read More →

This Spring Take Some Free Gardening Classes in DC

Radishes are easy to grow.  Learn how this spring in a  DC DPR course

It remains one of the best deals in town: DC Department of Parks and Recreation offers free gardening classes in DC for those who want to learn how to grow their own food. This year the department is offering a series of classes as a part of its Urban Gardening Certificate Program. After the completion Read More →

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