Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rain Barrel Workshop

What: Rain Garden Workshop
When: Saturday, June 16, from 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Camp Round Meadow at Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, MD

A Workshop of the Green Homes Challenge -

Beautify your property and control your stormwater run-off! Learn about the benefits of rain gardens from experts in rain garden design.  Gain hands-on experience by helping to install a 320 square foot rain garden on site.  Learn about Frederick County’s Green Homes Challenge and how it can help your household to reduce its environmental impact.

The workshop is free and includes light snacks and refreshments. To register or find out more, contact Nicole Robinson at 301.600.1306 or

Registration deadline is June 11th. Space is limited.
Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Trust

Earth Month Playlist for the Planet

hummingbird20243  I saw an article online the other day called Garden with the Greatest Rock Band. In it,  the writer compares gardening to many Rolling Stone songs, including “Under My Thumb”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Start Me Up”, and others.

The opening line says: “As we head into April, let us be thankful for many things: warm days, cheerful flowers and the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones rock band.”

It’s a cute article. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.

Anyway, it got me thinking about gardening songs and I thought I would try to come up with a list of  songs about gardening, or with titles that relate to gardening. I had a heck of a time and only came up with about ten on my own. So I asked some of my online friends, who came up with a few more.

So, in honor of Earth Month and our upcoming Earth Day, I thought I would ask the rest of my readers for suggestions of songs to add to an Earth Month Playlist.  My original request was for songs with garden-themed titles, but I’m open to anything that reminds you of gardening or nature.

I’ve linked some of them to YouTube videos, so if you want to start your day with a smile, check out a few of them. The Sound of Sunshine (a song I had never heard before – thanks Shannon) is sure to bring a smile to your face and  Tiptoe through the Tulips will probably make you LOL.

If you can think of more titles, I’d love to add them. Just submit them in a comment below, tweet them to me on twitter @dclawngarden, or post them on our Facebook page!

Rock (and not so rock) Songs for the Garden

    1. Ants Marching – Dave Matthews
    2. Blackbird (Singing in the Dead of Night) – The Beatles
    3. Diggin’ in the Dirt – Peter Gabriel
    4. Garden Party – by Ricky Nelson
    5. Garden Song (Inch by Inch) – John Denver and Others
    6. Grazin’ in the Grass – Friends of Distinction
    7. Hummingbird – Leon Russell
    8. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden – Lynne Anderson
    9. In a Gadda da Vida (My friend Kathy told me it was supposed to be named In the Garden of Eden)
    10. Johnny’s Garden  - Steven Stills
    11. Kiss From a Rose – Seal
    12. Let it Grow – Eric Clapton
    13. Nothing But Flowers – Talking Heads
    14. Octopus’s Garden – Ringo Starr / the Beatles
    15. Orange Blossom Special – Roy Clark
    16. Poison Ivy – The Coasters
    17. Red Roses for a Blue Lady – Pat Boone
    18. Red, red robin goes bob bob bobbin’ along – follow link for cute video
    19. Rockin’ Robin – the Muppets (haha)
    20. Sunshine on my Shoulder – John Denver
    21. The Hanging Garden – the Cure
    22. The Rose – Bette Midler
    23. The Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti and Spearhead
    24. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley (Connie Talbot version linked)
    25. Tiptoe Through the Tulips – Tiny Tim
    26. Walkin’ on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
    27. Where Have all the Flowers Gone – Peter, Paul and Mary
    28. Yellow Rose of Texas – Gene Autrey
    29. You are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
    30. You are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

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