Using natural elements like downed trees, logs and willow branch tunnels, so-called nature play spaces parks are a new trend in playgrounds — and Baltimore has joined the movement.
If you live in Baltimore City or Baltimore County and are looking to add trees to your yard, definitely plan on visiting Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery this Sunday to grab yourself a free one.
A tree-despising Grinch in Southwest Baltimore County just couldn’t let local residents enjoy their new trees.
Birdland will be getting a bit greener this Saturday.
Baltimore lost a large stand of trees near the Jones Falls Expressway in late 2016 when the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. cleared land north of Cold Spring Lane to build an electric substation. Now, more trees have been cut down for a separate project off Charles Street just north of Cold Spring Lane.
Ready for fall planting? Perfect timing! This weekend, Grist Mill Landscaping will be open to the public, offering one of the best maple tree and rare plant sale of the year. Stop by between 8am – 5pm to take in the area’s largest selection of Red Maples, Japanese Maples, Sugar Maples as well as other gorgeous unusual plants and trees to make your outdoor living space spectacularly unique. Don’t pass up this opportunity to walk 3+ acres of gorgeous landscape while you’re there. Bob Farmer had created a viewing garden oasis, and offers many ways for you to showcase your new trees. And don’t worry, delivery is available!
Trees, bushes, and other plant life may spruce the city up (pun emphatically intended), but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their enemies. There’s a faction out there arguing that urban greenery aids and abets criminals by providing convenient space for lurking; they point to a 2001 study that found that car thieves preferred areas with dense vegetation. Tall trees are no better — they block illumination from streetlights and make the sidewalk below more sinister. Luckily, these people turn out to be wrong — at least in Baltimore’s case. New research published in the June issue of Landscape and Urban Planning shows that an increase Baltimore’s tree canopy correlates with a decrease in crime. So who’s the bad guy now?
As you may have heard, Baltimore Racing Development cut down many trees in the city to improve the view of the Grand Prix auto race on Labor Day weekend. As you may or may not have noticed, not a single tree has yet been replaced, despite last week’s deadline for the planting of 198 new trees.
The financially-troubled company has not responded to questions regarding its inability to hold up its end of the bargain. Ultimately, it looks like the city will be forced to replant the trees themselves, spending $100,000 of taxpayer money to do so.
It’s still possible that BRD could turn around and meet the agreement (however late), but if so, will more trees be cut down for next year’s event? Perhaps more importantly, has the city learned its lesson about the relative value of “a tree in the hand?”
Whenever I go home to Richmond, Virginia, I remember one big advantage that that city has over Baltimore — lots more trees.
Trees are pretty and all, but do they really need to be a priority for a city that’s struggling with so many other issues, from closing recreation centers to boarded up houses? Well, perhaps, according to Geoffrey Donovan, an economist who works with the U.S. Forest Service. His study of property values and nearby greenery in Portland found that a tree in front of a house there rose its sale price by more than $7,000; another study found that “walkability, in the form of nearby businesses, raises a Portland home’s value by about $3,500 in a treeless neighborhood, but more than $22,000 in a tree-lined one.”
They also keep the air clean, reduce the urban heat effect, keep neighborhoods safe, and may even make people smarter. Those are some of the reasons why Baltimore vowed to double its existing tree canopy by 2036. Want to help out — or perhaps get a tree of your own? Parks and People gives Neighborhood Greening Grants, many of which are used to plant street trees. And the mayor’s TreeBaltimore program offers free trees each fall and spring… including this Saturday. So go ahead, raise your property value — and make the city a better place to be.