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Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 26–28. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering trees and shrubs for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds, while tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo. Milkweed provides critical energy for Monarch butterflies on their winter migration to Mexico, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of colorful blooms.

Open House and plant sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri., April 26 and Sat., April 27, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sun., April 28. Presale orders may be placed at through April 4.Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during the Open House weekend and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members, including those who join during the Open House, receive a 10% discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor ($100) level and above receive a 20% discount on plants.

For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit

Hustle for the Herd April 6 at Adkins Arboretum’s Arbor Day Run

Dust off your running shoes and start training to hustle for the herd! Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to Adkins Arboretum’s 14th annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 6. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s goat herd, used for targeted grazing of invasive species.

Featuring 5K and 10K races, a free One-Mile Fun Run/Walk and a free Healthy Kids’ 100-yard Dash, the Arbor Day Run is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an early-spring morning in nature. Participants will pass the goat herd on the cross-country course plotted along a network of scenic, easily navigable trails.

Check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. The Healthy Kids’ Dash begins at 8:50 a.m., followed by the 10K Run at 9 a.m., the 5K Run at 9:05 a.m. and the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:10 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the overall male/female winners and to the top two male/female winners in categories 15 and under through 70 and older in 10-year age groups. Bluepoint Race Management will provide chip timing for the 5K and 10K races. Post-race festivities include music, a “green” medal ceremony and a native tree raffle

Registration is underway, with a discount and an Arbor Day Run T-shirt for those who register for the 5K and 10K by March 26. Fun Run and Healthy Kids’ Dash participants may order T-shirts for $10 each. For fee information or to register, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

The Arbor Day Run is generously sponsored by Bay Imprint of Easton and Bluepoint Race Management.

Blue Jean Ball to benefit Caroline County Humane Society

Pull out your favorite jeans or anything denim and come out to the annual Blue Jean Ball hosted by the Caroline County Humane Society and help save the lives of hundreds of animals in Caroline County. This year, the Blue Jean Ball will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 6 – 10 pm at the Greensboro Fire Department’s Community Building on Route 313 just north of Greensboro. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at or by calling 410-634-2303. Price of admission includes a beer or wine ticket.

Steve Moody will be the host DJ for the evening. There will be a Photo Booth, Wine Grab, Chinese, silent and live auctions featuring a signed photo of Buzz Aldrin, sports tickets and more. Special performance by Bonnie Johnson and the local Belly Dancing Group with Jen Hodge. 

The meal will feature appetizer stations and a buffet dinner prepared by the Chesapeake Culinary Center. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

The Caroline Humane Society is a 501c3 organization and each year CCHS must raise more than $300,000 to keep the its doors open for homeless pets.  While the Humane Society’s Shelter receives a funding allocation from  Caroline County Government each year, it isn’t even half of the money needed to keep this essential community service. The Blue Jean Ball helps to raise the funds necessary to keep the shelter doors open and address the needs of homeless animals in the county.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for the event as well.  Contact Joanne Shipley, 410-634-2303 or if you are interested in becoming an event sponsor.

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2019 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2019 lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers, sure signs of spring, meadow grasses, fall color and plants that feed animals through winter. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided, and all gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Winter Greens & Distinctive Bark
Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look for green plants that seek the winter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: red beet and cabbage soup, orange walnut bread with citrus, anadama bread with spinach dip, blueberry peach smoothies. 

Early Blooms, Songbirds & Spring Frogs
Sat., March 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Listen for songbirds and spring frogs while searching for early purple, pink and white blooms. Plants of interest include skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot. Menu: kale and chicken soup with lemon, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, wheat bread with raspberry jam, Black Forest cake with cherries.

Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators
Sat., April 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Look again! The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink white and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Plants of interest include pink spring beauty, may apple, dogwood, golden groundsel, spicebush, sassafras and white beech. Menu: carrot and ginger soup, black-eyed pea salad, ancient grain bread with jam, coconut almond cupcake.

Tuckahoe Creek & Beyond
Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Observe the beautiful Tuckahoe Creek view and look for signs of beavers. Plants of interest include mountain laurel, beech, tulip tree, pink lady’s slipper, Solomon’s seal and may apple. Menu: kale, corn, black bean and parsnip soup, apple Waldorf salad, dill cottage cheese bread with apple butter, lemon apple tart bars.

Sunny Meadows, Bluebirds & Dragonflies
Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Walk the meadows in search of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. Menu: minted cantaloupe soup, cauliflower, potatoes and peas Indian style, dill rye bread with cream cheese and jam, Pfefferneuse cookies.

Dazzling Fall Color
Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip trees. Menu: squash stew with beans and kale, potato salad with beets and carrots, double oat bread, pumpkin spice bars with lemon.

Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds
Sat., Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Enjoy the autumn harvest as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: spicy sweet potato soup, broccoli carrot raisin salad, pumpernickel bread, yellow cake with apple cranberry sauce.

Soup ’n Walk programs are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to register or for more information.

Chocolat: A Decadent Evening to benefit the Caroline Culinary Arts Center

Indulge your senses at Chocolat, an decadent evening to benefit the Caroline Culinary Arts Center on February 8th. Guests will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres, local oysters, live stations, chocolate-inspired cocktails, beer & wine, decadent desserts, s’mores bar and more!

Menu Highlights include cocoa seared filet, a macaroni and cheese bar, shrimp cocktail, seared scallops, local cheese and charcuterie! Must be 21 to attend.

Friday, February 8th 2019 | 7pm – 10pm
Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin Street, Denton, M
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Tickets are $60 and are available online here:

Capture Caroline Photo Contest Entries

We received some fantastic entries in our Summer #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest! Our winning entry was TipToes at Martinak State Park by Ashley Ruggiero-Eason, receiving 62 votes on Facebook. Check out all of the great entries below!

Film on Harriet Tubman shot in Caroline County

The James Webb Cabin and Linchester Mill were among the locations filmed for an upcoming production on Harriet Tubman. L.A.-based Aperture Films recently finished shooting the final scenes for the video, which will be released in the winter of 2019. The final film will be used as an introductory video at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center.

Preston Holiday House Tour set for December 1st

The Community Club of Preston will host a Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 1st, its first such tour since 2014. Seven Preston area homes will open their doors to help welcome the Christmas season. 

The Dalton Home is the oldest home on the tour, construction began on the Greek Revival/Palladian style home in 1908.  Many original features remain including beautiful woodwork, moulding, and windows.  The two main floor parlors are decorated to reflect each of the homeowners’ personalities, and at Christmas they add decorations that make the home a favorite gathering place for holiday festivities.  A dining room decorated in blues and silvers add sparkle, and the large two level foyer which opens to an upper gallery houses a lovely Christmas tree that many people admire when driving by on December evenings.

The James home is the second oldest home on the tour, a 1937 Cape Cod style home.  The owners chose the home due to its original woodwork and period features.  Mr. James is an exceptional handy man and has been able to renovate and update the home while maintaining its original charm.  Christmas is celebrated with decorations collected over the years, some created by their children, and represent memories of the family at the various stages of their lives.

The Brookhart home is one of two homes on the tour located in a relatively new subdivision in Preston.  The Brookharts retired to the area in 2007 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  They enjoy the proximity to their family and all that living on the Eastern Shore offers, and being able to celebrate Christmas with them in this home, which features two Christmas trees and a large Christmas village display in the morning room off of the kitchen.

Across the street from the Brookharts is the Gayhart home.  This family also moved to the area, in 2005, to raise their family in the relaxed setting the Eastern Shore offers.  Many upgrades have been done to the home, including a brick wall in the family room, and granite countertops in the kitchen.  The backyard, viewed from the breakfast nook off the kitchen, offers views of an incredible garden oasis designed by Mr. Gayhart, and includes a fire pit and four distinct water features.  The Gayharts celebrate Christmas with a live Christmas tree and a variety of decorations throughout the house.

The Coulbourne home is just a short drive from town, and is a charming Salt Box Colonial farmhouse with front and back porches that are particularly inviting.  Inside, the home welcomes you with its French County style with an outstanding collection of antiques, heirlooms, and memorabilia.  A quilt made by Mr. Coulbourne’s mother has squares which depicts his family’s history.  Mrs. Coulbourne’s artistic talent is obvious in the original artwork displayed throughout, along with works by local artists Greg VandeVisser and the late Peggy Blades.  Christmas trees throughout the home are decorated with Mrs. Coulbourne’s collections of dolls and birds, representing family memories and her love of nature. 

The Helgason home is traditional on the outside, with a stately brick front, but inside the modern style of this young couple and their family is represented by updated cabinetry, masonry, and renovations including a shiplapped wall in the kitchen.  A large sunroom serves as the family’s gathering spot and offers views of mature landscaping, a large deck, and swimming pool.  A nine foot Christmas tree in the sunroom and a nativity set, purchased by Mrs. Helgason’s grandparents while visiting Israel, are just two of the many ways this family will celebrate their first Christmas this year in this new-to-them home.

Situated on a beautiful lot overlooking the Choptank River, the Woodward home was designed and built by the couple, who moved into the home in 2016, and it allows their grown children and their families to gather throughout the year to enjoy vacations and holidays.  A ten foot Christmas tree welcomes you into the home, where family antiques combine with coastal inspired décor to make the most of waterfront living. Antique Christmas ornaments that hung on Mrs. Woodward’s grandparents’ tree,  and the Christmas village which originally was displayed under the tree, along with photos of the Woodward’s children and grandchildren with Santa, all combine to connect the generations at Christmas.

Tour hours are 10 AM to 3 PM.  Tickets purchased in advance are $20.00.  Tickets may be purchased online at, the link closes at 12 noon on November 30.  Tickets may be purchased by check or money order, payable to Community Club of Preston, and mailed to Community Club of Preston, Post Office Box 4, Preston, Maryland 21655.  Mailed payments must be postmarked by November 30.  All tickets will be picked up during tour hours on Saturday, December 1, at Preston Historical Society at 167 Main Street in Preston, where refreshments will be available to tour guests.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the Historical Society the day of the tour for $25.00, cash or check only.  High heeled shoes and interior photography are not permitted, and children under 12 will not be admitted.  For more information visit Facebook at “Community Club of Preston, Maryland” or call either 410-310-5454 or 301-675-6755.

Light and Life, Plein Air Oil Paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly at Adkins Arboretum

There’s something magnetic about Diane DuBois Mullaly’s tiny plein air oil paintings in her show Light and Life, on view in the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Dec. 1. At only six inches square, their energy and color entice you to take a closer look. At the show’s reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20, this Easton artist will explain why she came to the Arboretum again and again over the past year to paint its trees, meadows and wetlands in all kinds of light and weather.

Whether flooded with brilliant sunlight or glowing with the suffused light of an overcast day, these little paintings are all about the different qualities of light, color and texture she found. While many of them show wide vistas of autumn meadow grasses or paths winding into the forest, as Mullaly grew more and more familiar with the Arboretum’s landscapes, she also began to paint some of the things that make it special, including gourds hung up for nesting purple martins, the rainbow picket fence of the children’s garden, a tree decorated for last year’s Candlelit Caroling event and even one of the Arboretum’s goats.

Mullaly paints with a palette knife, troweling the paint on, sometimes scraping it back, sometimes adding more on top, until each painting hums with textures and layers of surprising color. Each one is a fleeting portrait of a specific place in the Arboretum at a specific time in a specific season. On another day—or even a few hours later—each scene would have been different.

The idea for this series of paintings grew from the Daily Painting movement, which began a dozen years ago when artist Duane Keiser began posting a new painting each day and offering it for sale online. Mullaly learned about the movement and was subsequently able to study with another of its leaders, Carol Marine. Marine’s book Daily Painting helped define the process as a practice of creating a small painting every day by working in a fresh, loose manner with the emphasis on spontaneity and experimentation.

“Part of the whole point is making it a daily habit,” Mullaly explained. “It takes away the ‘preciousness’ of each one so that if you fail, it’s fine because you’re going to do another one tomorrow. It’s a good way for artists to create an income, too.”

Daily painting practice can help an artist overcome procrastination and gain confidence. Painting so often also can lead to a steady stream of ideas and self-discovery.

A graduate of Tyler School of Art of Temple University and an award-winning plein air painter, Mullaly teaches workshops in Daily Painting at Easton’s Academy Art Museum. In addition, she recently completed Maryland Master Naturalist training at the Arboretum.

“With the Master Naturalist training, I was here a lot,” she noted. “I wanted to do that to figure out a way to connect art and science, and it was so interesting to learn everything that was taught.”

With this new perspective and her artist’s eye, Mullaly found a seemingly infinite variety of things to paint in the landscape she was coming to know so well. Many of her paintings were created outdoors, but when weather or her schedule didn’t allow, she worked in her studio using field studies, memory and photos for reference.

“It was just a joy to do this,” she said. “It’s amazing what I found here.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Dec. 1 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: November Happenings at Martinak & Tuckahoe State Parks

Check out the November happenings at Martinak and Tuckahoe State Parks!


Paint Afternoon: Paint a lovely nature scene and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Sunday, November at 2:00 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per canvas. Light refreshments included. RSVP by calling or texting 410-924-1529.

Environmental Concerns: Join a new group of like minded people concerned about the environment at Nich’s Café on November 28 at 7:00 PM.  Begin planning how you can be a part of the solution.



Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays and Thursdays in November at 10:30 AM, at the Martinak State Park Office.

Nich’s Rise-Up Walk: Meet at Nich’s Coffee Shop, 5N 3rd St. in Denton on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 AM for a 3 -mile walk. Join the group for coffee after the walk. There is a .50 discount per cup for walkers!

Mind Over Miles: How many steps equal a mile, and how many miles can you walk at a moderate+ pace? Need to tone up? Meet at the Martinak Nature Center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 1, 15 and 29 for walking and body weight exercises.

Tuckahoe Trek: Meet for a fall evening 3+ mile hike at the Tuckahoe Park Office on November 2 at 4:30 PM and On November 30 at 9:00 AM.

Turkey Trot: Join us November 17 for our Annual Turkey Trot fun run, walk, or jog! This event is a 2-mile walk, run, or jog for all ages from Denton Elementary School to Martinak State Park and back, includes gifts to the first 100 registrants, and everyone is entered in the free turkey raffle. Registration check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m. Other events include Turkey Dinner Relay, games, crafts, and refreshments. Flyers are available on our website and our office. For more information, call Recreation & Parks at 410-479-8120.

First Saturdays: Discover native habitats as you walk at Adkins Arboretum. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, Free for members and Park RX holders on November 3 at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on November 1. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.



Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 1, 6, 13, 14, 20, 27 and 29 at 8:00 AM, at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater. Bring a mat or towel.

Evening Yoga: Yoga is perfect for winding down after a busy day. Stretch major muscle groups, become flexible, and feel calm at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays, November 6, 20, and 27 at 7:30 PM.

Zumba Gold: Kathy Leary leads a perfect low intensity workout to music for adults on Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:00 AM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center. Come join the fun!

Walk 15: Join a group aerobic class for everyone of all fitness levels. Walk/dance 4,000 steps to upbeat music in 30 minutes.  This is a great aerobic workout for busy people at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays, November 6, 20, and 27 at 6:30 PM.


Martinak Park Discovery: Children ages 6-10 will complete nature activities, games, and crafts at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM. The program is free. Call 410-924-1529 to reserve a space.

Turkey Rock Hunt: All children are invited to come to the Turkey Rock Hunt at the Martinak State Park boat ramp parking lot on Saturday, November 3 at 12:30 PM. The cost is $5.00. Children will be divided into 3 age groups and prizes will be awarded for the most rocks found.  Money raised will go to the Children Exploration Organization.



Caroline Cycles: Cycle 20+ miles on dirt roads.  Bike helmet required. Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. 13 mph ride. Call 410-924-7402 for more information. Meet on Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 AM at the Wal-Mart parking lot, the garden side in Denton, MD.  Call 410-924-7402 for more information.

Tuckahoe Trail Ride: Meet at the Tuckahoe Lake Parking area with a bike appropriate for off road riding to ride the trails in the park. Bike helmet required and water. This ride is for those experienced in riding a bike but new to trail riding.  November 4 and 18 at 11:00 AM Call 410-924-7402 for questions.


Park Quest:  Families have fun exploring with this self-guided nature art activity. Explore the Lore of the Land Trail at Tuckahoe. Bring pen/pencil. For more activities, borrow the Quest backpack from the camp store at the entrance to the electric loop.

Orienteering: Use your navigational skills to find locations at Tuckahoe State Park. Stop at the park office or go to the youth camp area bulletin board for more information.

Disc Golf: Come try it as you enjoy a beautiful walk on the Tuckahoe Disc Golf Course. Meet up for a round on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 PM. (Loaner discs are available at the park office or camp store.)


Check our website for more park activities by clicking on the calendar of events at or like us on Facebook at Friends of Tuckahoe and Martinak State Parks