Celebrate with The Soulful Gardener

Carderock-C-O-Potomac-landscape-frame-059.JPGAt the NEW Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg Grand Opening on Thursday, June 11th from 4 p.m. –
7 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. & get more information here.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

“Celebrate our hotel opening with Homewood’s Lewis the Duck and support the Gaithersburg environment as the Muddy Branch Alliance showcases local artists in support of our tributary streams and watershed. Displayed art will be available for purchase. ”  ~ Homewood Suites, Washington D.C. North, Gaithersburg

False-Blue-Indigo-Frame-May-Potomac.JPGAs one of the guest artists, I will have a collection of signature photographs on display and available for purchase. I will also have information about custom presentations you can schedule for your garden club, eco-action group, HOA and/or green organization.

Come celebrate the opening of Homewood Suites while looking at beautiful local art and enjoying some nibbles and noshes. Remember to R.S.V.P. so we can plan accordingly.

Hope to see all my local Soulful friends there!

A Season of Change

Bella and Blue Bird 015I really enjoy learning and growing in my Mindful Living class. It helps keep me centered and positive. Today, I have been exploring the thoughts and feelings that accompany a big change.

When this Eastern Bluebird came and perched right outside my window during dinner, it reminded me of the impending season of change just ahead. It reassured me that spring is on its way, despite the thick blanket of snow signaling otherwise.

I can remember how much we were enjoying the garden just a few short months ago and I begin to daydream of the new spring garden to come.

A season of change is upon us; you, me, mother nature, the whole world. And we can be assured that we are going to weather those changes together…as one.


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How do you stay connected?

001It is a dreary day here in Maryland. It is grey, the temperature is dropping rapidly. The rain looms in the heavy clouds, taunting us with its imminence. I sit by my window watching the raindrops splash intermittently in the birdbath.

This weather keeps us inside, but it surely doesn’t detour the birds and squirrels who forage for food around the bird feeder and stop by for a drink in the birdbath. My favorite moment is when the Carolina Wren jumps onto the window box in search of spiders and insects. He cocks his head and looks at me through the window before he heads off on his way to better hunting grounds.

I didn’t want to go out in this weather today, but I had to do a couple of errands before the family got back from work and school. I put on my rain boots and raincoat and braved the dreary out-of-doors.

As I traipsed from one store to the other gathering the supplies we might need for the winter storm heading our way, I was caught by surprise when the cool wet air hit my face. I listened to the wet pavement under the tires in the parking lot, I breathed in the fresh air remembering the warmer days of summer and fall. My mood instantly lifted and I began to think about how important it is to stay connected to nature even when she isn’t showing her brightest face.

Soup 002I had to rush home to have lunch before my next appointment and it suddenly occurred to me that this was an opportunity. I took the time to enjoy the nature that was inside my home, even if the outside was grey. I made myself some nourishing bean soup and added fresh parsley and grape tomatoes. Its a simply act, however when I focused on the flavors of these garden gifts, I felt nearly as good as when I have my hands in the soil. Now that my mind is focused on being grateful for all the ways nature supports me (us), I will don my rain boots and raincoat once again and walk to meet mycropped-Birds-014.jpg kids afterschool. And when we get home, I will make us all a warm cup of herbal tea that we will enjoy while we sit near the blooming hellebore that was given to us at Thanksgiving. And, then… we will connect with one another.

How are you staying connected to nature today? I’d love to hear your story.

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all you fellow Soulful Gardeners

One of the things I am most grateful for this year is YOU and the ability to connect with you. I appreciate our time together and the opportunity to bring you inspiration from the natural world around us.

Thank you for your continued support. This year has provided lots of material to share with you all. I will keep you connected with plants and nature for the purpose of supporting our health and well-being, even as winter ushers in a natural season of dormancy in the garden.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Soulful Friends!


How to attract Butterflies to your Garden


DE 023Hello Friends,

This summer sure has given me lots of material to share with you. Here is one I know you will enjoy.

I was inspired to share two videos with you on this page. So, please make some herbal tea, curl up with your laptop and enjoy this beautiful moment as we learn about the fascinating behavior of butterflies puddling. 

Tampa’s Natural Treasure Trove

Florida: Chapter Two

FLA 031521751e038fde.JPGWhile traveling through Florida, we visited many cities. Here is a soulful story about our trip to the Tampa Bay area.

Make yourself some tea, snuggle up with your laptop and enjoy our  serendipitous opportunity to discover Tampa’s Natural Treasure Trove.