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Five Places Around Maryland to Watch Monday’s Rare Solar Eclipse

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

As we inch closer to the much-awaited solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, you might want to start considering where you’ll take it all in.

Baltimore Green Map: Charting Our City’s Positive Assets

Hampden's Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) high students mapped sustainable assets for their own "green map." Who knew Hampden was getting a new Skatepark?
Hampden’s Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) high school students mapped sustainable assets for their own “green map.” Who knew Hampden had a Skatepark?

Since 2007, Janet Felsten, Baltimore Green Map’s Director, has created an insightful printed and online “eco-map” highlighting Baltimore’s hidden and sustainable gems ranging from shopping, hiking, eating and learning, to cultural activities.  Part of the worldwide Open Green Map system, Baltimore Green Map is teaming with local schools and student teams to “green map” their own school community.

“We wanted to help people discover the breadth of Baltimore’s natural and and positive assets. From lead poisoning, heroin cases, and vacant properties, I thought Baltimore had plenty of negative maps. Baltimore Green Map’s goal is for our community and visitors to discover, enjoy and support Baltimore’s sustainable assets.”

Book Launch & Art Exhibit at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn – (You Won’t Want to Miss This)


The Baltimore, MD garden of Penney and A.C. Hubbard, June, 2014.

Book launches rarely have related art exhibitions. On Walnut Hill: The Evolution of a Garden  by Kathy Hudson, however, lends itself to one. The two-acre Ruxton garden, developed over 46 years by passionate gardeners A.C. and Penney Hubbard, looks like a piece of living sculpture and contains a collection of sculpture as well.

Jazz Under the Stars is Back at Cylburn Arboretum


cylburncatch of the day fish (2)Outdoor concerts move deeper into nature this week, as Jazz Under the Stars returns to Cylburn Arboretum. 

Spring Fling at the Cylburn Arboretum



catch of the day fish (2)It seems that as soon as the snow melts and the sun starts shining, we’re all itching to see those bulbs and buds start popping out of hibernation. And over at the Cylburn Arboretum, they don’t even think we’re being unreasonable! Locally grown flowers in March? The arboretum’s answer: “Of course!” Want to get the skinny on where and how to find local blooms this early in the season? You can learn all about it at their Spring Fling on March 29th. They’ll discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know about  locally grown flowers and some of the farmers that grow them.

School’s Out and the Arboretum is Open!


Arboretum Election Day

catch of the day fish (2)School is out on Tuesday, November 4th (because we’re all heading to the polls that day to vote, yes?). But the kids certainly won’t be voting, though they do generally like to be kept busy. So why not spend the rest of the day out and about, soaking up some of the final days of this gorgeous fall (sorry, but it does have to end sometime). The Cylburn Arboretum will be open for the day, with plenty of activities ranging from the artistic to the adventurous.

Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale at the Arboretum



catch of the day fish (2)By this time of year, you know whether you have a green thumb or not. Still plucking juicy red tomatoes off the vine? Getting your fall beds ready? Everything still looking robust and non-bug-eaten out in the garden? Or, failing that, does everything at least still show some sign of life? If the answer to most of these questions is “no” you may be more well suited to gardening that decidedly less-killable genre of plant: the cactus. And its extended family, the succulents.

Gary and Elana Vikan: Celebrating Baltimore’s Treasures

The Vikan family in the 1990s
The Vikan family in the 1990s

In recognition of their 30-year impact on the art, education and cultural life of Baltimore, Gary and Elana Vikan are serving as honorary co-chairs of the third annual Celebration of Art to benefit the Cylburn Arboretum Association.  Celebration of Art takes place at Cylburn’s Vollmer Center Saturday, June 14 and Sunday June 15.

The Vikans have been devoted city residents for 30 years. With their two daughters they moved to Baltimore in 1984, when Gary began at the Walters Art Museum as chief curator/medieval curator.  He later served for 18 years as the museum director before retiring in 2013.  Elana’s 29-year career was at Roland Park Country School, where she taught Russian, French, and History of Art. She also retired in 2013.

“Through our professional lives, our neighborhood, and our children, Gary and I formed a web of friendships,” says Elana. “That web is united by a deep commitment to Baltimore and its treasures, treasures like The Walters and Cylburn.  Where the tradition of Art Blooms at the Walters brings flowers to art, Celebration of Art at Cylburn brings art to flowers. In both instances, art and nature are interwoven to enhance each other, so that we can experience ‘luxe, calme, et volupté,’ Baudelaire’s ideal of luxury, serenity, and richness of life in his poem ‘L’Invitation au Voyage.’”

Cylburn Arboretum’s Market Day Plant Sale


Plants at the arboretum

catch of the day fish (2)Spring is simply the best time of year for those of us who love plants. With leaves unfurling and flowers in bloom, one just can’t get enough time in the garden—or enough space for all of those plants we love to take care of. Feed your inner botanist with a shopping spree at the Cylburn Arboretum’s 46th annual Market Day plant sale. You can get your hands on a huge variety of annuals, perennials, native plants, and even vegetables. Whether you’ve got a certified green thumb, or have yet to successfully keep a house plant alive, this plant sale has something for everyone—particularly because the arboretum’s own garden professionals will be on hand to offer expert advice on how to incorporate plants into your space, and then how to keep them healthy and beautiful.

Create Victorian Valentines at the Arboretum


Valentine Workshop

catch of the day fish (2)Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re already planning for Valentines Day, why aren’t you? Not particularly romantic, but that sentiment seems clear when already every grocery store aisle groans with red and pink merchandise, cards, and heart-shaped boxes of all things sugary. The good news is that, as with most things, if you just plan ahead a bit, you can avoid having to go the kinda-cheesy and obviously-last-minute route on Valentines Day, and instead give your sweetie something truly thoughtful and unique (which of course helps send the message, “I am truly thoughtful and unique”). A great way to start? With a Victorian Valentine making workshop at the Cylburn Arboretum on February 8th.