About The Backyard

The Backyard is about following one’s passions. It is about the beauty and wonders of nature and everything that surrounds us. It is about finding humor, pleasure and serenity in all things great and small and helping to make a difference along the way.

Maureen Cuthbert is a designer and nature lover. Her passions include creating things, gardening and digging in the dirt, and observing wildlife and nature.

Buzz Leighton, is a sculptor, avid hiker, naturalist and self-described half-way decent guy. His sculptures show his affinity for nature – especially birds.

Maureen and Buzz are volunteers for the Three Rivers Park District, a system of nearly 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities located in the heart of Minnesota. They currently work as land stewards who monitor invasive plant species and also help work on prairie restoration.

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn’t there, I never really had it to begin with.”
Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

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