West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

We are excited to share a few photos from the 17th Annual Greening Celebration where the Friends of West Baltimore Squares, the Sunflower Village Community Garden and local super-volunteer Mike Dorsey all won recognition for our work around community greening in West Baltimore neighborhoods. We all couldn’t keep working without the great support we receive from partners like the Parks & People Foundation, Power In Dirt, Civic Works, neighborhood leaders and residents in West Baltimore communities. Thanks for all your contributions to these great efforts! The 17th Annual Greening Celebration sponsored by Constellation Energy together with include REI, Open Spaces … Continue reading West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

Reminder! CGRN Plant Giveaway Day at the Mount Clare Community Garden on Tuesday — Updated

Don’t forget to join us this Tuesday, July 19 for the CGRN Plant Giveaway Day at the Mount Clare Community Garden! UpdateThe CGRN Plant Giveaway Day has been rescheduled due to predicted thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. We have rescheduled this event for Tuesday, August 23. This is just one of many great greening programs coming up with the Franklin Square Blank Lot Planting Day and the Clear Water Environmental Community Art Conference both on Saturday, August 6.

CGRN Plant Giveaway Day

Mount Clare Community Garden, West Lombard Street & Mt. Clare Street
Tuesday, July 19, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Event rescheduled due to rain– Tuesday, August 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Come on by the Mt. Clare Community Garden on Tuesday, July 19 Tuesday, August 23 for a plant Give-Away Day with the Parks & People Foundation’s Community Greening Resource Network. Pick up free plants, seeds, buckets, and as much composted manure as you could ask for thanks to the Carlton Street Arabbers Stable. This giveaway day is for CGRN members only but gardeners are welcome to sign-up for membership on site. Membership is a bargain at only $10 a year for community gardeners, $15 for gardeners with private/family gardens. Parks & People offering the $10 CGRN membership price to all West Baltimore gardeners next Tuesday only, so please join us and take advantage of their generous offer!

Franklin Square Blank Lot Project Planting Day

216-224 North Carey Street north of Franklin Square Park
Saturday, August 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join the Franklin Square Community Association for a planting day to place wood chips on the pathway, planting the third crop of sunflowers and celebrate the completion of the first phase of the project. The day’s work will be followed by a discussion on the next phase of the project and a cookout.

The Blank Lot Project is just one of many community gardens in West Baltimore neighborhoods and we’re looking to share their stories! Follow the Friends of West Baltimore Squares website and connect with us on Facebook to discover more with upcoming stories on the “Gardens of Hope” in the Upton neighborhood and a new effort to establish a community garden at West Fayette Street & North Carrollton Avenue.

Clear Water Environmental Art Conference

Parks & People Foundation, Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Parks & People Foundation and Art for a Greener Environment invite you to submit your design for a community art installations for eight locations in West Baltimore neighborhoods. Join us on August 6 for a guest lecture of the problems facing water quality in urban environments and lunch followed by a tour of the project sites. Artists interested in submitting a proposal must attend this conference for consideration. A stipend will be awarded to the artists and landscape designers responsible for each selected proposal. To learn more or register for the conference please contact Julie Filderman at artforagreenerenvironment@gmail.com.
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Franklin Square is asking “What can we do about all these vacant lots?”

Franklin Square residents, volunteers, and Civic Works have been hard at work the last several months digging, planting and landscaping to improve a vacant lot on Carey Street, now known as the Blank Lot Project. Scott Kashnow with the Franklin Square Association shares the story– It all started at a community meeting in July 2010 when someone said, “What can we do about all these vacant lots?” Brent Flickinger, city planner, said adopt one and clean it up. So we did! Actually we adopted three lots: 216, 220, & 224 North Carey Street. These three lots, plus two privately owned … Continue reading Franklin Square is asking “What can we do about all these vacant lots?”