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April 20, 2019


Sotterley Plantation Plant Sale
Historic Sotterley Plantation is hosting a plant sale and free plant exchange, sponsored by the Sotterley Garden Guild. The community plant exchange will take place on Saturday from 10:00 am until plants run out. Bring one of your own plants to exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! April 27, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sotterly Plantation, Hollywood. More details.

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival &…

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Historic Architecture in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:
 Marvelous Examples of Bygone Eras

by Debbie Brown Driscoll April 23, 2019

In the greater Chesapeake Bay area, we are fortunate to have excellent examples of 17th and 18th century architecture to enjoy within an easy daytrip’s distance. Here, we’re featuring nine examples most representative of the times and styles of our region.

However – before you read further – a little background information on the dominant architectural styles may be of help.

Georgian Architecture – William Brown House, Hampton Mansion, Stratford Hall Plantation, Montpelier, Carlyle House…

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National Cherry Blossom Festival: The Nation's Capital in All Its Blooming Glory!

by Debbie Brown Driscoll April 11, 2019

This weekend, April 13-14, is the final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. According to the National Park Service, the 2019 cherry blossom peak bloom period began around April 1. The best viewing of the cherry blossom trees typically lasts four to seven days after peak bloom begins, but the blossoms can last for up to two weeks under ideal conditions.

On a spectacular day during the first week of…

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6 Things To Love About Spring on the C&O Canal

April 4, 2019

1. Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer)
These lovely treefrogs are some of the first animals to announce spring to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They are usually brown, and the males emit a small “peep”-every second during mating season. Fun fact about spring peepers: when cold weather approaches, they produce glucose and freeze themselves in order to hibernate. They “thaw” once the weather is warm again.

2. Ducklings and goslings
Some of the best pictures from our Facebook Photo…

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Five Spots in Virginia for Young Kids to Discover the Outdoors

by Kenny Fletcher March 26, 2019

Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to connect with kids five and under. On weekend outings with our toddler son, my wife and I often go at a snail’s pace, exploring the forest and collecting acorns and leaves. It’s a chance for us to come together as a family, and the perfect breather after a busy work week.

The many benefits of spending time outside include better health, lower stress,…

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Top Places for Finding Spring Wildflowers

by Pat Pasley March 18, 2019

For those of us living in the Chesapeake Watershed, the high-pitched, whistling voices of osprey returning and the appearance of delicate wildflowers are familiar harbingers of spring. The wildflowers rush to take center stage before the warmer temperatures produce the wild profusion of summer vegetation that will soon block their moment in the sun. But their appearance is fleeting – hence the term “spring emphemerals” to describe them – and elusive.

From a botanical standpoint…

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