Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s one of Baltimore’s most anticipated springtime events, and it happens on Saturday.
Ron Matz reports flowers, plants and a whole lot more will be on sale at the 44th Annual Cylburn Market Day.
In the greenhouse at the Cylburn Arboretum, they’re busy getting ready for their biggest day of the year. Saturday is Cylburn Market Day.
“We’ll have plant and gift vendors. It’s a great place to pick up your spring plants or just get something for your mother for Mother’s Day,” said Lily Levy, Cylburn Arboretum Association.
“It’s very important to the arboretum because it supports our operations for the year,” said Martha O’Neill, Cylburn Arboretum Associates.
Al DeGray has been the master gardener for 20 years. He says a lot of work goes into making Market Day memorable.
“Market Day is our big day of the year. We’ve been busy since March putting together these plants. We have tomatoes, herbs and all kinds of vegetables. It’s a big fundraiser and the money goes to the arboretum,” DeGray said.
Get there early so you can get what you want.
“People start lining up here around 7 a.m. and the doors don’t open til 8. The event is free and there is a charge for parking. It’s supposed to be a nice day so that will make for a good crowd,” Levy said.
Folks in Baltimore love their tomato plants, and on Cylburn Market Day you’ll have a variety to choose from.
“Our specialty is really tomatoes. We have all kinds of tomato plants from the old times to new ones. We have the beefsteaks, the celebrities and the sweet one hundreds,” DeGray said.
It’s also a chance to see the Cylburn Mansion built in 1863 and experience more than 200 spectacular acres of beauty in Northwest Baltimore.
“The money raised goes back to the Arboretum Association, where we restore the gardens here and keep them updated. The money also goes for educational programs,” Levy said.
Market Day is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There’s a preview party and sale Friday.
“We’ll have about 2,000 people on Saturday and Friday. For our preview party, we’re expecting about 400. The early morning hours Saturday are our busiest time,” O’Neill said.
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