Looking for holiday family fun in Northern Virginia? Check out the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Walk through the garden under shimmering colorful lights shaped like flowers and garden animals. Then stop for a sweet treat at the fire pit. What a delight!
Hummingbirds Love Zinnias!
On a recent visit to my mom’s backyard garden in the Midwest, I discovered a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds and monarch butterflies – zinnias! For just a few dollars worth of seeds, my mom had turned her yard into a wildlife feeding station. Check out the photos!
Broken Stem Sunflower Survives
I was growing a sunflower in the garden when the storm came and broke the stem. I was just about to pull it thinking it was dead, but left it alone just to see what would happen. Did the sunflower survive? Find out!
Discovering the Smithsonian Ripley Garden
On our long walk down the National Mall in Washington, DC, my son and I discovered the delightful Smithsonian Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. What a pleasant surprise! This quiet oasis amidst the bustling city will leave you in awe with its burst of colors and creative displays. Bring your camera to record ideas for your own home garden, or simply take a rest under a shade tree near the decorative fountain.
Attempting to Grow Basil Again
For years, I’ve tried to successfully grow basil in my garden. We love the fresh, fragrant taste of basil and pesto sauce in our home cooking. This year I’ve decided to try in earnest. Find out what I’ve done differently this year and if I have succeeded!
Homemade Compost vs Store-Bought Planting Soil
Let’s see how my homemade, backyard compost fares against the store-bought kind. I’m putting the tomatoes to the test!
Discovering the Kitchen Garden at Bartholdi Park
At the home of political gridlock, I found harmony in nature – a kitchen garden on Capitol Hill. Find out where. Get inspired to create your own.
The Color Palette Series: Mountain Bluet
Need a little color inspiration? Let nature choose your palette. Get select color codes from this image for your next design.
Waiting for Basil
I’m eagerly awaiting for a bountiful crop of basil to grow. I’ve got plans!
Gardening: My Garden Story
I was so excited to buy my first home more than 20 years ago! But then I realized – WAIT – I’ve gotta take care of this garden! Yikes! Find out how I turned the garden I had inherited into my own, little natural haven.