Happy Thanksgiving!


Carderock, C & O, Potomac 046 Dear Soulful Friends,

Thank you for another year of fellowship in the garden. I am so grateful for you all and it fills my heart to see viewers from all over the world enjoying this blog/site.

We are all connected. Everything we do in our own backyard, affects our global neighbors. Which means any effort that you make to improve your own yard by planting native plants (which host large numbers of insect & animal species), avoiding pesticides and reducing your storm water runoff, has a hugely beneficial impact on you, your family, your neighborhood, your country and the world.

Thank you all for all you do!

Please continue to Like, Comment, Share, Retweet, Pin & Mail to your friends. We are successful because of you.


The Soulful Gardener

TSG Photos at Quince Orchard Library

Dear Soulful Friends,

I am very excited to let you know that you can view photos from The Soulful Gardner at the Quince Orchard Library located at 15831 Quince Orchard Rd, North Potomac, MD 20878.

I love to capture beautiful moments in the garden and in nature. Sharing those imagesIMG_1999
 with you gives me great pleasure. This is just the first of many shows that I plan to bring to you in the future. It is another way that I will fulfill my mission “to bring people plants and nature together for health and well-being.”

If you would like to bring a “soulful” moment in nature home, please contact me at thesoulfulgardener@gmail.com for pricing information.

Enjoy the show!



How do you define a weed?

“A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or, as a good friend once said, “A weed is just a plant out of place.”

pollinators, baby frog 009This year, we discovered that the wild violets, Viola papilionacea, actually support our bee populations. So, we decided not to treat them as a weed in our yard and yank them out or mow them down. Instead, we let them bloom and monitored them for important pollinator presence. There has been a lot of discussion about the lack of bumble bees in our area. Pollinators are key to food propagation and a lack of bumble bees could indicate a very serious problem in our future food supply. Therefore, if the practice of changing my perspective from weed to plant can help shift the tides of an eroding food source for our life-giving pollinators, then I say “Go forth and multiply dainty violets. You’re now safe in my yard.”

“Holy Hot Tub, Batman…”


Providing fresh, clean water is the single best way to attract birds to your yard. toad-and-bird-003.JPG

Watch as this American Robin makes the most out of this water feature.

The sound of falling water is soothing and restorative. Even our neighbors enjoy it’s peaceful sounds as they take their evening strolls.

But, who knew that how many other creatures were enjoying the benefits of our half barrel waterfall?



Peonies Postscript

peonies Seneca Creek Park 011After that great bike ride at Seneca Creek Park, I decided to return to learn more about the Peony garden there.

this large collection of peonies was gifted by The Schwartz Family. The peony is also known as the city flower of Gaithersburg and each year the city hosts a Peony Festival.

Click here to ready more…

“I hope this story leads you off your usual path and encourages you to discover something new right in your own backyard.”

Gray Tree Frog Serenade

gray tree frog CoverLast night we were treated to a beautiful serenade by a tiny yet mighty little singer. Here is what our illusive songster sounded like… 

Do you hear them in your yard at night?


The Soulful Gardener Featured at Local Starbucks

Dear Soulful Friends,

Starbucks Show 004It has been a long time since I have had an art show (think college days), but I am very excited to let you know that photos from The Soulful Gardener blog & website are currently being featured at our local Starbucks during the month of June.

Showing these photos is another fun way that I hope to connect people with plants & nature, even if it’s on their coffee break.

I invite you & your friends to the Starbucks in Kingsview Shopping Center to enjoy some coffee & art together. The address is 13408 Kingsview Village Ave., Germantown, Maryland.

I hope you enjoy the show!

I welcome your thoughts about the show in the comments below.


How to Create a Raised Vegetable Garden

Growing and eating your own healthy food is easy and cost-effective

To start, you will need:©2013 by Heather. All rights reserved.

  • To choose a good Site
  • Build a healthy Soil
  • Choose your Seeds and/or Seedlings
  • Sustain your garden with TLC

Click here to read more…



Feathered FatherhoodCardinal feeding his baby

Last summer, I kept hearing a baby bird out my window. I snuck up to the window with my camera and this is what I found. Click here to see the video.


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Time to hang those Feeders!

TSG CoverRuby-Throated Hummingbirds are on their way to YOU!. Watch this fun & informative video about how to attract them to your yard.

For more fun facts & photos about How to attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, click here.

Happy Gardening!