Cylburn Arboretum Friends

Cylburn Arboretum Friends Imagine 200 acres of green space in the heart of Baltimore where everyone can enjoy the beautiful gardens, walk peaceful trails, and visit to learn about, enjoy, and appreciate nature.
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This place is Cylburn Arboretum.

Mission: Cylburn Arboretum Friends, a nonprofit organization, provides support and stewardship for Baltimore City’s Cylburn Arboretum as a place of natural beauty, tranquility, culture, and learning open to all.

Operating as usual

Still shopping for winter decorations?  This is the last week for BCRP’s poinsettia sale! Details are below.
12/07/2020

Still shopping for winter decorations? This is the last week for BCRP’s poinsettia sale! Details are below.

🌹Looking to brighten up your home this winter? Our annual Poinsettia Sale returns this month! Order online and pick up your flowers contact-free at Cylburn Arboretum's Greenhouses.

Buy yours today at tinyurl.com/PoinsettiaSaleBCRP! Prices start at $6.

11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from Cylburn Arboretum Friends!
Please note that our grounds will be closed today.

Take a hike and look for: Picoides pubescens/ the Downy Woodpecker.  Many of our seasonal Maryland birds have already mi...
11/24/2020

Take a hike and look for: Picoides pubescens/ the Downy Woodpecker. Many of our seasonal Maryland birds have already migrated south to their winter homes, but you can find Downies in our forests year-round. This photo was sent to us by Fred Koors.

Special Announcement:  The French Paradox Wines has generously extended their donation days for us.  Shop today and tomo...
11/13/2020

Special Announcement: The French Paradox Wines has generously extended their donation days for us. Shop today and tomorrow (11/13 and 11/14), and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Cylburn Arboretum Friends. Choose from a wide selection of beer, wine, spirits, and locally produced, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, bread, and produce. Shop in person, or call the store with questions. https://thefrenchparadoxwines.com/

Thank you so much for your support - it is greatly appreciated!

The grounds at Cylburn Arboretum will be closed to visitors today, Saturday, November 7th, for Maryland Arborist Day.  T...
11/07/2020

The grounds at Cylburn Arboretum will be closed to visitors today, Saturday, November 7th, for Maryland Arborist Day. Thanks to the Maryland Arborist Association for organizing this full day of volunteer work provided by tree care professionals. This important work will greatly benefit the health and longevity of our trees, and the beauty of our landscape. The Arboretum is closed today to allow this work to take place safely. http://www.mdarborist.com/

Only two days left!  Shop at The French Paradox Wines on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th, and 10% of you...
11/06/2020

Only two days left! Shop at The French Paradox Wines on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Cylburn Arboretum Friends.
https://thefrenchparadoxwines.com/

Our beloved ginkgo biloba/ Maidenhair tree, planted at least 100 years ago, is a must-see this November. After changing ...
11/05/2020

Our beloved ginkgo biloba/ Maidenhair tree, planted at least 100 years ago, is a must-see this November. After changing color, from summer green to bright fall yellow, all of the leaves will drop to the ground at once. See if you can guess which day it will happen!

FALL PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE Today is the final day to send us your entries! Email your original photo taken at Cylburn Arb...
10/30/2020

FALL PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE Today is the final day to send us your entries! Email your original photo taken at Cylburn Arboretum to [email protected] with your name and contact information. We have received so many wonderful photos so far - thank you to everyone who has participated!

Not just for Halloween: Maryland is home to ten different species of bats, and all of them are considered in need of con...
10/29/2020

Not just for Halloween: Maryland is home to ten different species of bats, and all of them are considered in need of conservation. Bats provide great ecological service by eating pest insects such as mosquitoes, gnats, flies, wasps, beetles, and stink bugs. Look for their tell-tale silhouettes against the sky just after sunset or at dusk. Consider supporting these creatures by constructing a bat box at your home. Thanks to our friends at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for this photo.

Shop local and support CAF!  Local Baltimore favorite B. Willow has generously offered to donate 10% of today's sales to...
10/26/2020

Shop local and support CAF! Local Baltimore favorite B. Willow has generously offered to donate 10% of today's sales to Cylburn Arboretum Friends. Shop online today, and follow B. Willow for updates.

🍁 Giveaway!🍁 Today’s first 10 online orders will receive a free 4” red Maranta. PLUS, tag a friend who doesn’t yet follow Cylburn Arboretum Friends, make sure both of you do, and enter to win a free Cylburn membership AND a guided tour! That’s not all, 10% of sales each Monday goes directly to our featured non-profit. You guessed it, October’s is Cylburn!

🌱 “A 200-acre urban oasis, Cylburn is so much more than just a quiet green space, a serene park in the middle of Baltimore City. It is a center of environmental beauty and learning where visitors can discover the natural world, be inspired by gorgeous gardens, enjoy walking woodland trails, and explore local history.

🍂 Cylburn Arboretum Friends is the non-profit organization that works in partnership with Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks. We help maintain the gardens and grounds at Cylburn Arboretum and offer nature education programs for people of all ages. Our mission is to provide support and stewardship for Cylburn Arboretum as a place of natural beauty, tranquility, culture, and learning, open to all.

🌲 We offer seasonal workshops and gardening programs, a variety of walks and tours, and a summer camp program for children, as well as volunteer opportunities. Our popular Market Day event, now a Baltimore tradition, is held annually each spring in May. Our members help support our work and enjoy many benefits throughout the year, including our Cylburn Garden Club.

🌷 Plans for our new Nature Education Center, to be located in the historic Carriage House at Cylburn Arboretum, are currently in the early stages of planning. Sign up for our monthly newsletter - or - visit www.cylburn.org to find out more!”

FALL PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE  There's only one week left to send in your entries! Email your submission to cylburnfriends@c...
10/23/2020

FALL PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE There's only one week left to send in your entries!
Email your submission to [email protected] with your name and contact information. Original photos, taken at Cylburn Arboretum only please - you must hold the rights to the photo you submit. Winner will be announced to our members, on social media, on our Discover Cylburn poster, and in our newsletter. The photographer will receive a CAF membership. Send in your entry today!

As you hike through the woods this October, look carefully on and around fallen trees and logs in the forest and discove...
10/22/2020

As you hike through the woods this October, look carefully on and around fallen trees and logs in the forest and discover the amazing world of mycology (the scientific study of fungi). Ecologically, fungi play a critical role in recycling nutrients, which is as important to our natural environment as to our home gardens. Whatever mushrooms you find, beware what you touch: not all are edible and some are extremely poisonous, like the jack-o-lantern mushroom shown here. Please take only photos and leave them where they grow.

Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) is a standout herbaceous perennial in the October garden. Deep purple to purple-blue f...
10/20/2020

Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) is a standout herbaceous perennial in the October garden. Deep purple to purple-blue flowers are arranged in panicles atop 2’-4’-tall stems, and blooms open in succession from the top of the plant down, providing a long-lasting show. The common name refers to the helmet- or hood- like shape of the upper sepal on each flower. Look for it in the Larrabee Garden.

FALL PHOTO CONTEST - Entries due Friday, October 30th.Rules: 1) Must be an original photo you have the rights to share, ...
10/16/2020

FALL PHOTO CONTEST - Entries due Friday, October 30th.
Rules: 1) Must be an original photo you have the rights to share, 2) Photos must be of Cylburn Arboretum, 3) Emailed to [email protected] by 10/30/20 with contact details. Winner will be announced to our members, on social media, featured on our Discover Cylburn poster and in our newsletter. In addition to all the media exposure, the photographer will receive a CAF membership.

Our featured gardens in October are the Julie. G. Smith and Three Sisters Memorial Gardens, located at the woods edge on...
10/15/2020

Our featured gardens in October are the Julie. G. Smith and Three Sisters Memorial Gardens, located at the woods edge on the West side of the Cylburn Mansion. Look for pollinators on the blue blooms of the Caryopteris x clandonensis, or blue spirea. CAF member and friend Caroline Smith Russel continues to help us tend her family’s gardens weekly, and invites visitors to “have a seat on a bench, relax, let your cares slip away, and enjoy!”

Looking for an Autumn hike? Try the Vista Trail. Located off the main drive halfway between the Vollmer Center and the C...
10/13/2020

Looking for an Autumn hike? Try the Vista Trail. Located off the main drive halfway between the Vollmer Center and the Cylburn Mansion, this was one of the original roads on the Cylburn estate. Follow the grass pavers down the hill and continue into the woods and through the gate in the deer fence, and enjoy exploring the woodlands this fall on this historic trail.

Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’)Recently planted in the Larrabee Garden, you will definitely want ...
10/08/2020

Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’)
Recently planted in the Larrabee Garden, you will definitely want to visit this changeable tree often all year round. Its pink bark slowly turns a brighter magenta or red through the fall and into the winter. Fall foliage colors range from yellow to bronze to red-purple. Come see it for yourself!

Thank you Phoebe for sharing the amazing nature book you created after visiting Cylburn Arboretum. You made our day!
10/05/2020

Thank you Phoebe for sharing the amazing nature book you created after visiting Cylburn Arboretum. You made our day!

A budding new project. Visit our instagram page cylburn_arboretum_friends and enjoy 30 days of Dahlia pictures from our ...
10/04/2020

A budding new project. Visit our instagram page cylburn_arboretum_friends and enjoy 30 days of Dahlia pictures from our current collection. The photo project will culminate on Nov. 5 with an informative discussion led by our own Dahlia experts during the next online Cylburn Garden Club meeting. If you have not joined the CGC, please consider doing so by emailing [email protected]. It is free for CAF members.

The Dahlias are putting on a show. These profusive bloomers with their dazzling variety of flower forms are a true delig...
09/24/2020

The Dahlias are putting on a show. These profusive bloomers with their dazzling variety of flower forms are a true delight of the late summer/ early fall season. Look for this display garden near the stone wall across from the Carriage House.

Mind your heads! Autumn is the time of year when the fruit of the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra) ripens and falls. Th...
09/22/2020

Mind your heads! Autumn is the time of year when the fruit of the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra) ripens and falls. The lemon scented husks can be a challenge to open, but the nuts of this North American native are a treat. To enjoy, let the husk to fully ripen and fall off, allow the nut shell to dry and harden, and then crack them open. There are several Black Walnut trees on our grounds; this tree stands on the circle road in front of the Cylburn Mansion.

Catch a glimpse of the green roof on the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum. Green roofs are a sustainable designfeatur...
09/17/2020

Catch a glimpse of the green roof on the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum. Green roofs are a sustainable design
feature and capture a significant percent of annual rainfall, improving stormwater management on the site. Other benefits include reducing the urban heat island effect, improving air
quality, lowering energy costs, and increasing plant diversity
in our urban landscape.

Our new seasonal newsletter is here!  Become a member of Cylburn Arboretum Friends to enjoy this quarterly magazine, del...
09/15/2020
Membership - Cylburn Arboretum Friends

Our new seasonal newsletter is here! Become a member of Cylburn Arboretum Friends to enjoy this quarterly magazine, delivered right to your inbox. Get insider news and tips from our gardening experts, and receive the latest updates about our Cylburn Garden Club, upcoming events, and member programming. Click the link below to join our growing community, and subscribe to our seasonal magazine. Membership.cylburn.org

Membership Become a member today! Your membership directly helps Cylburn Arboretum Friends fulfill its mission of helping Baltimore City preserve and protect the Arboretum today and into the future as a natural treasure for everyone to enjoy. Entrance to the park is free, but maintaining the gardens...

Our featured garden for September is: The Nathans Garden. Showcasing beloved features of Cylburn, including the incredib...
09/10/2020

Our featured garden for September is: The Nathans Garden.

Showcasing beloved features of Cylburn, including the incredible Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) and the gazebo, the Nathans Garden is a treat to visit any time of year. This garden was created in memory of Daniel Nathans, M.D., a past President of Johns Hopkins University and Nobel Prize recipient in medicine in 1978. His wife, Joanne Nathans, continues to help us tend this garden weekly.

Enjoy a bit of Cylburn Arboretum at home with a custom mix of spring flowering bulbs on sale now at cylburnmarket.org. W...
09/09/2020

Enjoy a bit of Cylburn Arboretum at home with a custom mix of spring flowering bulbs on sale now at cylburnmarket.org. We have potted kits available as well as mixes designed to plant in the ground.
Plant for your future self!
Proceeds support our work at the Arboretum, including planting spring bulbs on the grounds for everyone to enjoy.
All sales are pre-ordered and pick up is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 24 between 9 a.m. and noon.

Look for these plants on your next hike!  Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) at center, and Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum p...
09/08/2020

Look for these plants on your next hike! Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) at center, and Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) at bottom, are two species of native ferns that grow in the understory of our temperate Mid-Atlantic forests. Both are deer-resistant species.

The annual migration of the Monarch butterflies to their breeding grounds in southwestern Mexico has begun. Look for the...
09/03/2020

The annual migration of the Monarch butterflies to their breeding grounds in southwestern Mexico has begun. Look for their unmistakable bright orange wings. You might find them feeding on the Aesclepias (milkweed plants) in front of the Cylburn Mansion, as they prepare for their journey.

Thomas Andres has fond memories of our stately lion statues from coming to Cylburn as a child for bird walks, and sent t...
09/01/2020

Thomas Andres has fond memories of our stately lion statues from coming to Cylburn as a child for bird walks, and sent this recent photo of his visit on a beautiful day.
What are your favorite places at Cylburn? Email us a photo and share your story!

08/31/2020

Introducing the Cylburn Garden Club. Join our community of gardeners and receive garden tips and go on virtual garden tours. Email [email protected] for more details.

CONGRATULATIONS Donna Dannels, the winner of the summer photo contest! Dannels's photograph of the Japanese Maples locat...
08/29/2020

CONGRATULATIONS Donna Dannels, the winner of the summer photo contest! Dannels's photograph of the Japanese Maples located in the East Lawn captured Cylburn as a place of beauty and serenity.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Dannals had some really tough competition from all of the other photographers. Great Work!

Beneficial insects are often used by gardeners to control unwanted pests in the landscape, but they are also naturally o...
08/28/2020

Beneficial insects are often used by gardeners to control unwanted pests in the landscape, but they are also naturally occurring. While touring Cylburn, nature photographer Bob Cammarata took this photo of a catalpa sphinx caterpillar infected by a species of braconid wasp, Cotesia congregata. These parasitic wasps typically attack tomato hornworms. Follow the link to find out more about beneficial insects found in Maryland and how to attract them to your garden:https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Documents/Beneficial_Bugs.pdf

"Another beautiful day at Cylburn" wrote the visitor who shared this photo with us.  We agree!
08/27/2020

"Another beautiful day at Cylburn" wrote the visitor who shared this photo with us. We agree!

Thanks to our visitors who sent us this photo of one of their favorite spots at Cylburn.  They also sent a note: "We’d l...
08/26/2020

Thanks to our visitors who sent us this photo of one of their favorite spots at Cylburn. They also sent a note: "We’d love to be here during a cloudburst to see if the trees would protect us from the rain!"

The monarchs are loving this milkweed, Gomphocarpus physocarpus, that Laura Beth Resnick of Butterbee Farm suggested pla...
08/20/2020

The monarchs are loving this milkweed, Gomphocarpus physocarpus, that Laura Beth Resnick of Butterbee Farm suggested planting during a cut garden workshop in the early spring. Want a chuckle? Check out the common name for this plant. #cylburnarboretum #monarchbutterfly #pollinators #butterbeefarm

Visitor Kate Archibald took a short break from her run this morning to send us this photo of her favorite spot at Cylbur...
08/04/2020

Visitor Kate Archibald took a short break from her run this morning to send us this photo of her favorite spot at Cylburn today. This is looking out over the blooming crapemyrtles in the Circle Garden from the front porch of the Cylburn Mansion. Thanks, Kate!

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4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD
21209

Opening Hours

Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

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(410) 367-2217

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Welcome to Cylburn Arboretum, a 200-acre urban oasis in Baltimore City. Cylburn is a place of natural beauty and learning with hundreds of specimen trees and plantings, gorgeous gardens, wooded trails, and an historic mansion. The Cylburn Arboretum Friends is the park’s non-profit friends group, enriching and enhancing the arboretum in a variety of ways and providing programs for the community. For more information about Cylburn visit cylburn.org. We hope you’ll visit soon!


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Don't forget about the Autumn Masquerade Hike today 2:00 - 3:00 at the Cylburn Mansion! Treats, tricks, skeletons! Advance registration required at bcrp.baltimorecity.gov Only 10 participants allowed, so hurry and register!
Sharing a seat
Fields of lavender
Elephant Ears
More sunshine
Sunshine
Homeschool at Cylburn Join us on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, starting October 14th, for Nature Hikes, Art Activities, and Science Lessions, all held outdoors. 10 people maximum at each session. Advance registration required at bcrp.baltimorecity.gov
Cylburn Nature & Art Club: Every Wednesday, 2:30 - 4 PM, for elementary school students, starting October 14th. Club held outdoors on mansion porch, in the gardens, on the lawn, and on the trails. Learn about Nature while having fun and doing art activities! Advance registration required at bcrp.baltimorecity.gov Must sign up for all 8 sessions, October 14 - December 9. Questions? Contact (410) 396-7839
Nature Storytime 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10 - 11 AM, starting tomorrow, October 14th, on the Cylburn Mansion porch. Advance registration required at bcrp.baltimorecity.gov Questions? Call (410) 396-7839 Themes: October 14: Monarch Butterflies October 28th: Tracks and Scat November 11: Trees
My Mother an Myself Donated Dining Room Table, Side Boards, Dishes. First Floor
Its Friday afternoon and I'm climbing trees by myself! I hope my friend comes and gets me soon!
The Dahlias were in bloom yesterday at Cylburn Arboretum.