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Garden Tour (Baltimore) - Wild Ones Greater Baltimore

Saturday, June 29, 2024

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Private Residence

Baltimore, MD, USA

Kay's garden description: When we moved to our home in January of 1993, the first piece of furniture to be installed was a rope swing which still hangs from the limb of a giant White Oak at the edge of a backyard that tumbles down a 70 foot drop to Lake Roland.

For 31 years, we have played outside in our garden, peeling back invasive plants layer by layer, discovering patches of spring ephemerals, clambering up and over standing and fallen trees, creating paths and staircases around, up, and down the site's slopes and ravines. We developed special gathering spaces to play, picnic, and watch the sun and moon rise and set.  

Gravel, cobble and stepping stones, logs, woodchips, and wide grass paths provide access to a series of wild gardens that tell the story of the relationship between the land and the people who have lived here over the years. Traces of traditional gardens are embedded within the native plant community that is influenced by underlying serpentine stone geology.

We look forward to sharing our adventure with you.

Bio: Kay McConnell is an ecological garden design consultant with a passion for education and native plants. Her work in both private and public gardens emphasizes the value of intimate understanding of and interaction with the land that supports our work and play. Kay spent just enough time indoors to earn her B.A. from Princeton University and M.A. from University of Rochester in English Literature. As a stay-at-home-and-garden mom, she received on the job training watching her young children explore nature while she was planting, weeding, pruning, and learning voraciously about native plants. Kay joined the Guilford Garden Club in 1998 and found her niche in community projects and educational native plant sales. She began her business, Garden Therapy, LLC--“happy relationships with healthy gardens”-- in 2003. She has been awarded the Garden Club of America Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award and Zone VI Civic Improvement Award for her work with Friends School of Baltimore.

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