Cylburn Arboretum – August 14, 2009

On August 14, the first year fellows traveled south for a visit to the City of Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum.  Bill Vondrasek, LGP alumnus and Chief Horticulturalist of the Bureau of Parks Horticultural Division, offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens as well as current construction projects, including a new “green” Visitor and Education Center and a renovated horticulture building.  Natalie Lopes, the Executive Director of the Cylburn Arboretum Association, joined us for lunch and shared her vision for enhancing community engagement through a new horticulture-training program for young adults.  Our day concluded with a spontaneous visit to the nearby Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore—another lovely public garden managed by the City of Baltimore.

Bill hefting a building block in front of the new Visitor and Education Center

Bill hefting a building block in front of the new Visitor and Education Center

Enticing entryway of the newly renovated horticulture building

Enticing entryway of the newly renovated horticulture building

Guardian of the formal garden

Guardian of the formal garden

The Mansion, centerpiece of several historic tree and shrub collections

The Mansion, centerpiece of several historic tree and shrub collections

Natalie offering some info and insight

Natalie offering some info and insight

Side trip to the lovely Rawlings Conservatory

Side trip to the lovely Rawlings Conservatory

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