The Baltimore Messenger ended its print run Thursday, September 29, 2016. For more than three decades The Messenger was a strong community paper.
Pauline Vollmer, the grande dame of Baltimore horticulture, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Among various festivities in her garden, she celebrated with principals and staff of the renowned Washington, D.C. landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden (OvS) A few days later she celebrated with officers and members of the Horticultural Society of Maryland.
The celebration with OvS might also have been considered a celebration of the firm, which pioneered the New American style of gardens. The Vollmer garden, originally designed in the 1960s by the late Wolfgang Oehme, is considered the first residential project of OvS.
Gardens take on a special look in fall. With leaves falling and plants turning brown, the landscape looks more relaxed.
Shorter days and the end of the blooming season make each flower more appreciated: the final roses, the ubiquitous chrysanthemums, a wild-card zinnia, a dahlia.
A $4 million capital campaign is underway to reopen the Peale Museum, the oldest museum building in the United States. The city recently approved a 50-year, $1/year lease agreement with a non-profit, the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, for the 1814 building located on Holliday Street.
I have taken to eating every meal I can out in our garden. This morning the chairs and benches were too wet, so I sat on a dry brick step at the top of a covered porch. By lunchtime everything was dry, so I sat in a wooden chair to eat and look around.
With all of the rain this year the oakleaf hydrangeas, planted last year, have taken off.