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

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

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...