As urban gardeners, Baltimore City residents often face a shortage of convenient places to buy plants. This was one of the reasons why a Baltimore women’s civic group organized the Flower Mart (as it was originally called) in 1909. Since then, the annual Flowermart became a Baltimore tradition and gardeners from all over come to the city to buy flowers, vegetable seedlings, annuals, perennials, and potted plants. As Mother’s day falls on the same weekend this year, it also makes an excellent place to purchase gifts. This two day festival runs on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 11AM to 8PM.
Yet, even for the brown thumbed Baltimorean there is plenty to enjoy. Many women dress up in fancy flowered hats and there is even a Hat and Cap contest at 2PM on Friday. Entertainment on two stages includes many different types of dancers, music, and even a pet mascot contest. Traditional lemon sticks (a peppermint stick stuck into a lemon) are a treat that vendors made available since 1948. This year new vendors add to the time honored food offerings such as crab cakes and pit beef.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officially opens the Flowermart during a noon ceremony on Friday. The festivities are located in Mount Vernon Square and the festival spreads around the base of the Washington monument. This is near the Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Institute. See this Google map for details. For more information please see the Flowermart web site.
For some Flower Mart memories, visit the links below.
Baltimore Gardening Examiner: "Little known facts about Baltimore’s Flowermart"
Examiner: "Looking back at the Baltimore Flower Mart"
Baltimore Messenger: "Schaefer endeared himself to Guilford at Flowermart" by Beverly Quinones