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Olmsted Design Principles -Are They Sustainable?
June 14, 2012, 8:56 am
Filed under: Baltimore Gardens And Parks, Events

Baltimore Herb Festival 2012

Baltimore Herb Festival 2012

25th Baltimore Herb Festival
May 26, 2011 – 9:30am-3pm
Location: Leakin Park
1900 Eagle Drive, MAP IT

Baltimore has many great festivals, but the Baltimore Herb Festival definitely ranks as one of the tops.  If you have never been, you must to go this year!  This 25 year old festival, whose primary focus is herbs, is located on the beautiful grounds of Leakin Park and features dozens of vendors in addition to guest speakers, nature exhibits, demonstrations, train rides and more.  Along with the most impressive selection of herbs that you will ever find, many traditional, as well as unusual, vegetables, decorative plants, fountains & sculpture and other gardening items are available.  Admission to the festival is $5.

Give Used Tools For Vacant Lot Restoration
January 10, 2012, 9:53 am
Filed under: Baltimore Gardens And Parks

Give Used Tools For Lot Restoration

Community Tool Drive
January 15, 2012, 11am – 4pm
Parks & People Foundation
800 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore

The Parks & People Foundation, Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN) and Power in Dirt are hosting a Community Tool Drive to collect tools for to be used for vacant lot restoration and the maintenance of community gardens in Baltimore City.

All donated tools will be placed in free tool banks throughout the City that community groups can access in order to implement neighborhood projects related to gardening, park maintenance and community greening.

For more information, please email Katie Dix or call her at (410) 448-5663 ext. 128

Take A Walk In The Woods This Weekend: A No Car Required Excursion
November 22, 2011, 11:56 am
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Take A Walk In The Woods This Weekend: A No Car Required Excursion

Robert E Lee Park
Baltimore, Maryland

Robert E. Lee Park is a 415 acre park straddling the Baltimore City/County line at Falls Rd. and Lake Ave.  The park had been closed to the public for renovations, but reopened in October 2011 with a a new pedestrian bridge and boardwalk, erosion control elements and a bona-fide off leash dog portion of the park.  According to the Baltimore Sun, Robert E. Lee closed in October 2009, after Baltimore City signed the property over to the county through a long-term lease.

Robert E. Lee Park is laced with a few miles of trails, making it a popular spot for hikers, runners and mountain bikers.  Additionally, the lake has entry points for canoeing and kayaking.

For Baltimore City hiking enthusiasts, Robert E. Lee Park is arguably the closest thing you’ll find to the Appalachian Trail with easy no-car required access.  To get to Robert E. Lee Park, take the light rail to the Falls Road Station, which is one stop north of Mt. Washington.  A boardwalk at the east end of the station and parking lot will lead you to the park.

To access the Robert E. Lee trail system, enter the park via either bridge ( the boardwalk from the light rail station or the footbridge overlooking the dam).  This section of the park is Paw Point Park, and yes, one must love dogs, or at least be able to tolerate them, as you are likely to be visited by small free roaming packs of pups here.  The entry point for the woodland trails can be found at the northern end of the peninsula, just to the left of the pavilion.  At the trail entrance, you will see a set of “stairs” that lead you over light rail tracks to the woods.  Take the right trail and you will ramble along the lake or stay to the left for a more gentle walk along old train tracks.  The superficial ending of the trail comes at a small gravel section at Falls Road used for parking.  There are several unmarked loops along the trail.

One final tip… the park closes at dusk.  Be careful about getting enamored with nature and staying in the park past sunset.  You may find yourself caught in a flash of light, with an electronic voice announcing that you are trespassing and your picture has been taken for prosecution -no joke!

Join Greater Baltimore Sierra Club For A Evening of Hiking
September 20, 2011, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Baltimore Gardens And Parks, Events

Join Baltimore Sierra Club For A Evening of Hiking at Cylburn Arboretum *Rescheduled*

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00 PM
Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:00 PM

From the Greater Baltimore Sierra Club:

Cylburn Arboretum Evening Hike (children and dogs welcome). 
2 miles.  Celebrate the first day of fall.  Cylburn is a “well-kept secret” with rare trees, wildflowers, spacious lawns and gardens surrounding a Victorian Mansion.  Meet at 6:00 PM in front of the new Vollmer Center at end of entrance driveway.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or other adult.  Dogs must be friendly and leashed.  Located at 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, on the east side of road, between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane, both accessible via western exits off I-83.  The entrance is marked by stone pillars.  Cancelled for steady rain or storms.

For more information, CLICK HERE to connect to the Greater Baltimore Sierra Meetup site.

Help Clean Up Druid Hill Park

Help Clean Up Druid Hill Park

Friends of Druid Hill Park
Work Day in the Park
April 30th, 3-6 PM

With funding being cut to many of Baltimore cities services, local parks need your help to stay clean and green.  Friends of Druid Hill Park is sponsoring a clean-up event Saturday, April 30th from 3-6 pm and has put out a call for volunteers.

From Friends of Druid Hill Park:

Our next work day will we in a section of the woods across Greenspring from the Disc Golf Course. We’ll meet in the Disc Golf parking area at 3. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we may provide enough tools and snacks for everyone. We’ll probably meet at a local bar afterward for dinner, join us! 

Click here to register or to see photos from March 19, or contact us at 443-469-8274 or