Serenity for Summer at a Local Spot

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook


After our Green Drinks event on the South River at Historic London Town and Gardens, the “shining jewel’’ adjective stayed with me. Whether you go with a crowd as our gathering or solo, the connection with nature is revitalizing. I’ll be taking you on a photo tour, so sit back and listen to the birds.




Historic London Town showed off what the staff is doing to promote Sustainable Landscaping at our June 21st event. As you will see in the following images, I spent a bit more time in the edible garden which reflects the historic and clever design of the settlers.



. We walked through the magnificent gardens and rain ponds and tasted very generous servings of wonderful sustainable nibbles from Roundz Complete Catering & Consulting. Thank you to Chef Zachary Pope!



Our crowd was enthusiastic. One person even came by kayak! Many took horticulture director Nate Powers’ tour of the gardens. He’s a font of information. And many Green Drinkers stayed for London Town’s Summer Solstice concert featuring the soothing dulcimer of Maggie Sansone and Company. Under the trees, it was a beautiful venue for a concert, which was offered at half-price to Green Drinkers!

London Town

About London Town: Owned by Anne Arundel County and operated by the London Town Foundation, the 23-acre museum and park features history, archaeology, and horticulture. Wander the eight-acre Woodland Garden of native plants and exotic species arranged along a one-mile trail before enjoying the seasonal Ornamental Gardens overlooking the South River.


Green Initiatives

Rentals – London Town insists on compostable disposables and using recycled content products. They promote organic, naturally sustainable caterers on their approved catering list. No individual bottles of water are permitted. (Read about Annapolis Green’s No Bottled Water pledge)

Education – Science in the Garden field trips for children, talking about the golden age of botanical discovery and medicinal plants

Horticulture – Storm Water Management

  • Green roof – in progress, zero runoff
  • Living Wall – in prgress , reduces heat island effect, uses  recirculating water for hydration
  • Bio-Retention Ponds
  • Rain Gardens
  • Rain Barrels
  • Permeable Surfaces/Pavers
  • Composting program
  • No pesticides, herbicides
  • Invasive Species management/native plants


…And the island on the southern tip of New Jersey




I had to include this serene photo I took on the south end of the island of Ocean City, NJ (NOT MD). The vista is the beginning of a large wildlife preserve. My family lives there-such a civilized friendly island!