Sea of Adventure

Sea of Adventure

A history exhibit, a science exhibit and a celebration of the human desire to explore and discover. Sea of Adventure takes visitors on a historical journey across the oceans and under the waves. From the earliest Phoenician explorers to modern-day scientific...
Name That Butterfly

Name That Butterfly

On a horribly hot July day in 2010, I followed along as a small band of citizen scientists explored several public gardens near Washington, DC. Their quarry? Butterflies. These volunteers — and thousands more like them across the United States — were...
We’re Not in Zone 6 Anymore

We’re Not in Zone 6 Anymore

What will climate change mean for our gardens? This is the question I sought to answer in Organic Gardening’s August / September 2010 issue. Read an excerpt here: Most gardeners would find it difficult to complain about early springs or tomatoes before July....
Springtime awakenings

Springtime awakenings

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /www/wp-content/plugins/lightbox-gallery/lightbox-gallery.php on line 570 The early springtime forest has countless wonders to share with those willing to look. Quiet and understated, the ephemeral flowers and mushrooms revel in a few weeks of life and lust before retiring for another year. By the time the tulip poplars are fully leafed...
Snowmageddon 2010

Snowmageddon 2010

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /www/wp-content/plugins/lightbox-gallery/lightbox-gallery.php on line 570 Three feet of snow may be typical in some places. In Virginia, however, three inches of snow is sometimes cause for concern. So, when a massive February winter storm dumped approximately 30 inches of snow in my backyard, I pulled on my cross-country skis, grabbed my...