This blog is meant to capture my observations as an itinerant gardener on seven acres of stony hillside in mid-Maryland (Frederick County to be precise). We have a mixture of fields, overgrown orchard, and natural forest which has grown up over the last thirty years. In addition we spend a fair amount of time tending to perennials around the yard and a 5000 sq.ft. vegetable garden. Retirement has given me time to photograph the surroundings and to observe the healthy bird population that visits our mulberry and cherry trees. I continue to be fascinated by the things which have always been here (apparently) and are newly observed (like the orchard orioles this past year) and the things which are harvests from many years in one place (like the large clumps of daffodils in the woods that were planted decades ago and then forgotten until recently).

Both my wife Beth and our offspring share our passion for gardening and nature. And I’m sure that our new granddaughter will be another convert. I began this blog three years ago and then got sidetracked. I hope this time to follow through with some of the photos and discoveries that the new year will bring. For a gardener at least, every year is a new beginning… (January 2009)

Garden bed at our front door

Garden bed at our front door


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6 comments on “About

  1. Samantha

    Good morning.
    My name is Samantha and I work for a horticultural tag and label company in Greensboro, NC.
    I am contacting you today to find out if we could use your picture of Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ for producing plant tags.
    Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need more information.
    Thanks very much for your assistance!


    1. jw

      Hi Samatha, I take my photography seriously but generally allow non-profit usage with acknowledgment of the source. For business usage, I would ask a token payment of $25 to the North American Rock Garden Society for the use of the image. Thanks for asking. — jw

  2. Dean

    Good afternoon, I own an online nursery that sells tree seedlings. At this time, I am looking for multiple photos of Bigtooth Aspen to be used on our website as part of the description. I came across your website during a photo search, and would like to ask for permission to use an image for commercial purposes. I am happy to pay a fee, or make a donation as you had requested in a previous comment. If you could email me at the listed address, I would be most grateful. I believe the image was used in a 11/10/13 blog entry: http://macgardens.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Big-Tooth-Aspen-1.jpg I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

    1. jw

      Hi Dean, as you have noted my general policy is to allow noncommercial usage of my images with a simple acknowledgement. For business usage, I would ask for acknowledgement of the source and a token donation of $25 to the North American Rock Garden Society in my name for the use of the image. Thanks for asking.

  3. Ray

    I see you are not too far away. I will add you to my blog list of local garden blogs. (Sorry I accidentally deleted your comment left on my blog – Google sends the email notification with not much space for error in clicking to accept or delete.)

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