One Green Thing: Baltimore’s Green Cred

The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore. Image: Stonehill Farm

Over the weekend President Trump wrote some really nasty/racist things about our neighboring city of Baltimore. A city that we know to be beautiful and full of cultural activities that rival any other metro area. In fact, one of the coolest things about Baltimore is the myriad of parks and gardens that you’ll find there. From Sherwood Gardens to the Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore is teeming with verdant spaces and stunning spots to literally help us all stop and smell the roses. Baltimore is also home to our favorite “plant doctor” and major source of Insta-inspiration, Hilton Carter, whose awesome book has helped me (Miro) make my thumb a little greener. We’re thinking of you Baltimore, your people, and encourage all our readers to go visit Charm City!

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