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Local Flower CSA from Local Color Flowers



catch of the day fish (2)“I must have flowers, always, and always,” said Claude Monet—a man famous for having them, painting them, and filling the world forever after with his soulful representations of them.  Clearly, there are many people who’d echo that sentiment—Monet’s paintings remain some of the most iconic in the world—and the cultivation of flowers has always kept humans hard at work. You may not be able to afford an authentic Monet, and you may not be able to keep gardens like his, but you can still have flowers “always and always” (or at least for a consecutive ten weeks per year) with Local Color’s flower CSA program.

How Does Your Garden Show: Orchids



Two days before a heat wave hit the east coast and gave Baltimore the highest temperature in the country at 96 degrees, I was in New York. In a turtleneck, fleece and quilted jacket I visited the New York Botanical Garden as part of my sister’s birthday weekend. On a chilly tram ride we toured some of the garden’s 250 acres and enjoyed an overview of the varied terrain and many gardens within the garden founded in 1891.

Only scilla, daffodils, pansies and early cherry trees bloomed outdoors.


A Host of Golden Daffodils


DSC04270Cool Spring temperatures are bringing the gradual appearance of color. Color seems to emerge from the ground up, beginning with white snowdrops. Next come the crocuses, chionodoxa (glory of the snow) and blue flowers on vinca, the delicate ground cover many use after tearing out English ivy.

Ladew Gardens Spring Lecture Series (and our Ticket Giveaway!!)


Ladew Lecture Series

catch of the day fish (2)Alright. If you haven’t made it out to Ladew Gardens yet this year, we can’t completely hold it against you. After all, this year’s “spring” weather doesn’t exactly entice one to spend gobs of time outside. Yet. But it should be noted that for those who do take an interest in gardens (theirs and others), Ladew offers so much more than simply the chance to take in the incredible topiary (named one of the Top Five Gardens in America—look out, Edward Scissorhands). Ladew offers a number of events every year, and they’re currently in the middle of one of their best, the Spring Lecture Series.

The remaining lectures for this season include on April 10 “The D. Landreth Seed Company and The Story of America’s Great Seedhouses” with Barbara Melera and on April 17 “Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener” with Barbara Paul Robinson. The story of the D. Landreth Seed company should be of particular interest to gardeners who care about the history of vegetables, the idea of “heirloom” varieties, and our culture’s relationship to growing our own food. The Rosemary Verey lecture will address the style and legacy of “the apostle of the ‘English style’…the ‘must have’ adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John.” For an extra charge, lectures can also be accompanied by lunch, with a reservation.  Both lectures begin at 10:30 a.m.

If you can’t make it to the remaining lectures, you may want to mark your calendars now for Ladew’s Garden Festival in May. Tickets are available through Ladew Gardens directly—or you can keep your eyes peeled here at the Baltimore Fishbowl for our ticket giveaway! Each week, a pair of tickets will be awarded to a reader who can answer this question correctly: “How many hounds are running through Ladew’s iconic hunt scene?” Winners will be contacted through Facebook or e-mail.

For more information about the Ladew Gardens Spring Lecture Series, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ladewgardens.com. 

For the Love of Flowers: Bringing Dutch Floral Design to Baltimore


The Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh loved flowers. When his good buddy Paul Gauguin was coming to visit, Vincent quickly set about painting what is now his immortal Sunflowers,  as a decoration to spruce the place up for his guest. He understood flowers’ ability to give a space a bright and welcoming quality, and to let guests know you care. And to this day his floral paintings are some of his most celebrated works, for which he is remembered. But wait… Did Van Gogh have good table manners? Were his personal relationships enviable? Wasn’t there something about an ear? Unimportant. But the sunflowers? The irises? They endure. The lesson here? Bring flowers. The other lesson? Get help from the Dutch.

Paula Dobbe-Maher grew up in the Netherlands surrounded by flowers in her parents’ nursery. Since then, her travels and studies have taken her everywhere from law school in Amsterdam, to pastry chef training in Paris—a rather circuitous route to get to opening one’s own floral business in Baltimore. But we’re oh so glad she did.

How Does Your Garden Show: Washington, D.C.


A long overdue trip to see the outstanding George Bellows show at the National Gallery of Art http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/bellowsinfo.shtm also reminded me of how gardens enhance any outing.

Buying Local Blooms in Floral Industry


Courtesy of Bmore Media – Combine an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of floral design, and a passion for the community. Local Color Flowers, a floral design business in Hampden, is the result.

Owner Ellen Frost took these seemingly disparate elements and pieced them together to create a floral business.

Most shops import flowers and ship them thousands of miles in non-biodegradable material. Colombia and Ecuador accounted for 90-98 percent of all roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums sold in the United States last year, according to All America-Phillip’s Flower Shops. By the time they reach the store, “fresh” bouquets are days old.

Baltimore’s Newest Tradition: Cylburn Arboretum Market Day


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.