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    Kelleher Rose Garden

    Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Although my mom died in 1977, her love of roses compels me to visit gardens whenever and wherever I travel. (Favorites include Biltmore Estate, Selby Botanical Gardens, and Winterthur Gardens. Leaning in to sniff a red rose can transport me back to our little rose garden nestled in front of my Silver Spring duplex house. The delectable scent of a rose—Lipton tea bags, grass, air—who can define its perfume? I think the rose is the aroma of…

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    Del Ray’s Street Art: Self-Guided Tour

    If you missed Del Ray’s Art on the Avenue festival, don’t worry. Year-round, visitors as well as locals can enjoy the vibrant murals documenting this Virginia neighborhood’s history. I mapped out…

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    Dog-Friendly Monticello

    What pooch wouldn’t want to sniff the tulips and investigate the vegetable garden at dog-friendly Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia? Certainly, my Golden Retriever Parker gave a “paw’s up” to accompany me…