Ok, there’s no real bar scene here, but everything else is in place for Cylburn Arboretum (you know, the tree place) to be the next Baltimore social hot spot. Looking way beyond the trees, Cylburn Arboretum has planned a spring and summer of nature-based art events – including a kid’s camp.

Starting on Friday, March 2nd from 6-8pm, there will be an exhibition of nature-inspired quilts, kicked-off with an opening reception underwritten by LifeBridge Health at the new Vollmer Center. Members of the Baltimore Heritage Quilters’ Guild will present the quilts and they will be on display from March 2-29, Tuesdays thru Sundays from 10-4pm.

On April 18th at 7pm, Paul Espinosa of the George Peabody Library will lecture on the history of botanical illustrations from 15th and 16th century woodcuts and more, with works taken from the Rare Books Collection of the Johns Hopkins University.

Then, party on at Cylburn, June 21st from 6-9 pm, at the “Summer Solstice In The City” party, featuring the Cylburn gardens lit by candlelight, live music, and dancing under the stars and wine from Boordy Vineyards, Heavy Seas beer and light fare.

Painters are invited to Garden Paint Outs on three Sundays this summer. Mark your calendar for June 24, July 15 and September 16, when artists will be painting “en plein air” throughout the beautiful grounds of the arboretum. To reserve a space for the September Paint Out Plus, go to mapapa.shuttlepod.org (click on events).

And for children ages 6-11, the Cylburn Nature Science Camp will be back with four one-week nature-oriented sessions beginning the week of June 28. Campers will learn about small mammals, salamanders, birds flowers, pollinators and trees. A new session for 10-11 year olds will explore biodiversity using technology, mapping and the scientific method For more information, check out the Cylburn website or e-mail camp@cylburnassociation.org.

For information on all the programs, you can call the office at 410-367-2217.