Category Archives: Local Groups/Happenings

Day Trails to Visit and Explore on Horseback in Maryland

One of the best ways to enjoy Maryland is from horseback, and the DNR maintains plenty of park trails for horseback riding. Check out the following parks, all within an hour’s drive of Annapolis.

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The Gold Mine in Our Back Yard

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert

 Three years ago, I first visted Sally Fallon’s farm, PA Bowen Farmstead in southern Prince George’s County and took the tour led by Sally …

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“Day in Paradise” and “Pretty as a Peacock” Trees

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
 Oh those fabulous tree themes just keep on acomin’! For “A Day in Paradise” take a pinch more of this, a dash of that to make it your own. Just …

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“Inside the Cabin” and “Oh Holy Night”

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Last week on our tour through Homestead Gardens Enchanted Woods, we were drawn to the cabin by the friendly forest friends. As we enter what really seems …

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Take a Walk Through our Enchanted Winter Woods

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
… With Over Thirty Themed Trees and The Illustrious Annual Hand-Painted Annapolis Ornament! 
We invite you to celebrate the unveiling of this year’s spectacular holiday displays …

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Dear Santa and Grandma’s Kitchen

 

 Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
For all of the inspired tree vignettes at both Homestead Gardens locations, Dear Santa linking with Grandma’s Kitchen gets the most excitement. You must know …

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Dear Santa

 Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
 Santa’s Workshop is feverishly busy! There are so many projects in his workshop, we need 2 blog posts to show you all of the happenings! Walk right …

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All the Bounty of Fall

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Fall didn’t simply roll in at homestead Gardens, but rushed in with all the clamor and fervor of a great tsunami spread through the …

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It’s Pollinator Week, and Gardeners can Help

It’s happening across the U.S. and, thanks to a proclamation from Governor O’Malley, it’s Pollinator Week here in Maryland, too.  So in honor of this very special class of insects, let’s review WHY they’re …

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Al Fresco Fest (at least 60 people)

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 The sun did shine, the temperature warmed to a lovely mid 70‘s, the live band (the Vinyls) was rockin’,   but did that wind ever blow! …

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24-Hour Anne Arundel GreatGive Starts at 7 pm TODAY

Start your engines!  A terrific local fund-raising campaign to benefit dozens of worthy nonprofits in our area starts at 7 pm today and ends at 7 -pm tomorrow.  This 24-hour opportunity not only raises money …

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Open House at Dumbarton Oaks this Saturday

If you’ve never seen the famous Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, this Saturday is a great time to change that because it’ll be free and open with lots going on 10:00 to 2:00. Details below, …

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House and Garden Tours in Anne Arundel and Baltimore

Ignore today’s snow, surely the last gasp of winter, because Garden Touring Season is almost here!  Nothing gets gardeners as inspired and excited about their own gardens as strolling in other people’s beautiful gardens, so …

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The Nuts & Bolts of Outdoor Entertaining

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 Join us for a fun seminar-Saturday 3:00 at Davidsonville, as we throw the doors open and get back outside again for our favorite Alfresco …

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Come and Meet Sally Fallon of P.A. Bowen Farmstead-March 16 at Cherish the Chesapeake!

 

Great New Farm-Great New Local Products
Posted in Food FeaturesLocal Food

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A Few of Rick Darke’s Favorite Nonnative Plants

Last weekend I attended Rick Darke’s wonderful talk about “Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden” and promised to report back from this special fund-raising event for Annapolis’s Unity Gardens.  So here are …

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Learn how to Balance Natives and Exotics in the Garden with Rick Darke

One of the hottest topics in gardening today is the importance of using native plants – locally and regionally native ones, that is.  (Nationally native, a classification used by the USDA’s plant database and others, …

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Hobnobbing with our Local Sustainable Farmers

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
I was asked by my co-author, Michael Heller, to prepare a recipe I had created in our cookbook for the Maryland Grazers Network annual …

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Fall Farm Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Our mountains, predominantly the Blue Ridge, beckon this time of year with glorious sunshine, harvested apples, wine harvests and farm festivals. Let me show you a few …

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New Wetland Restoration Project!

Big changes at our Davidsonville site!  The hilly part of our site next to the retail garden center is now a Wetland Restoration Project – a model one, at that!  It’s the work of the …

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