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City-Zen: Meet Toni – Lover of Elephant Sculptures (and Bacon)

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Welcome to City-Zen: Real Conversations with Real Baltimoreans, a question and answer series with locals sharing their thoughts on issues that are top-of-mind to many.  Whether just starting out, raising a family, struggling to get by, or at the top of your game, we all have something in common.  It’s easier to communicate once we understand the perspective of others. 

Seersucker & Sundresses – Croquet, Music, and a Picnic for the Entire Family – Get Tickets Today!

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The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Baltimore Conservatory Association are partnering with the Baltimore Croquet Club to host the third annual SEERSUCKER & SUNDRESSES GARDEN PARTY on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3 pm to 7 pm (rain or shine) at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in historic Druid Hill Park.

The Garden Party will feature live music, light picnic fare, croquet on the lawn, and the opportunity to enjoy the Conservatory’s gardens and exhibits. The Baltimore Croquet Club will provide equipment and instructors, and organize games for guests to play.

TICKET PRICES: Adults $35; Children (12 & under) $10; Family (up to 2 adults) $70. Click Here to purchase tickets now!

Event Sponsors include the City of Baltimore, the Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore Conservatory Association, Friends of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Croquet Club, and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the historic Rawlings Conservatoty — Baltimore’s home to rare plant collections from around the world.

For more information, visit www.rawlingsconservatory.org, or call 410-396-0008. The Rawlings Conservatory is located off Exit 7, I-83 South, at the Gwynns Falls entrance to historic Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Maryland 21217.

UPDATE: ‘Seersucker and Sundresses’ has been canceled due to lackluster ticket sales.

Baltimore’s Patriotic Agave Blooms on July 4th!

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Photo courtesy the Rawlings Conservatory
Photo courtesy the Rawlings Conservatory

We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, complete with lots of delicious cookout food and exciting fireworks. But fireworks weren’t the only thing bursting with color yesterday — the Rawlings Conservatory‘s giant blue agave finally bloomed! (You may remember it from our earlier Agave Watch 2013 post.) The flower spike is about 25 feet tall (hence the removal of part of the greenhouse’s roof, in order to let it grow). The Conservatory recommends stopping by this weekend to see the plant at its most extravagant.

Agave Watch 2013! Rare Double Century Plant Blooms at the Rawlings Conservatory

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The Agave Americana on May 8. Photo via the Rawlings Conservatory.
The blue agave on May 8 — ready to flower any day now! Photo via the Rawlings Conservatory.

Agave plants bloom only once in their long lifetimes — hence their “Century Plant” nickname — but when they do, it’s spectacular. So spectacular, in fact, that the staff of the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park have to be careful that their agaves’ towering spikes don’t bust through the Desert House’s glass ceiling. And this year, something amazing is happening — two of the conservatory’s giant agaves are preparing to bloom around the same time.