Baltimore’s Newest Tradition: Cylburn Arboretum Market Day

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Cylburn Arboretum  has never looked better. Sunny weekend weather made this green oasis in the city sparkle for the 44th annual Market Day Saturday and for the preview party Friday evening.

For once I was ahead of the curve, and ahead of voracious plant buyers. Buying plants at Market Day is becoming as much of a Baltimore tradition as the Hunt Cup, Flower Mart and Preakness.

I went on Friday evening when the $20 event kept the swarms down. Parking was easy. Attendance was good. Wagons were profuse,

 

 and if you’d forgotten to bring one, Cylburn had them available for rent.

The layout of the booths made for easy strolling and good exercise to walk up the hill to the 1863 Tyson mansion. Along the way I stopped at the Master Gardeners’ stand, Herring Run Nursery, Mount Washington and Guilford Garden Club booths. I discovered black and blue salvia, variegated pesto basil and tiarella with a tinge of pink.

 

 

I saw friends from all over the city: from yoga class, Ladew, Blue Water Baltimore, the Maryland Horticulture Society and Roland Park Country School, from lap swimming at Meadowbrook and many from my ‘hood, Roland Park, were volunteering at various booths.

 

My reward at the mansion was listening to Caleb Stine,

a favorite Baltimore musician, play and sing. Cold drinks were served on the porch, food trucks and vendors were stationed near convenient picnic tables.

What I love about Clyburn, beside the greenhouses, the ancient trees, walking trails and formal garden, the well kept display gardens and winding paths is that the new Vollmer Center, an energetic staff and passionate volunteers keep the place abuzz with activity and programs. People from all over Baltimore come and soak up its beauty year round, not just on Market Day.

 

Photos by Kathy Hudson

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