Spring Fruit Tree Fair
TreeBaltimore is Baltimore’s program for the coordination of all tree plantings by city agencies, non‑profit organizations, neighborhoods, and community associations. The Baltimore City Fruit Tree Partnership was formed in 2015 with Baltimore Recnparks, TreeBaltimore, Baltimore Orchard Project, andParks & People Foundation to coordinate community orchard fruit tree plantings throughout the city and to bring city residents free trees for their private propeties.
The event includes: networking, education, free fruit trees and family fun. We plan to offer several workshop and panel sessions for guests to receive some in-depth information that they can take home and practice in their neighborhood whether it’s pruning your fruit tree, or learning about various programs available to help you get a community orchard started! We can grow food as we grow community, all the while increasing the city’s tree canopy!
No registration is required, however, free native and urban hardy fruit trees will be provided on a first come- first served basis, so come early to view information on each giveaway tree species while you wait in line, get a tree, and find a workshop to participate in!
All Fair happenings will be taking place in front of the beautiful Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at 3100 Swann Drive in Druid Hill Park!
Fruit Tree Giveaway 10AM-2PM If you are a city resident, then you may come to claim your free fruit tree, one tree per household, for planting in your front or backyard or community space. We are offering four varieties this year: three native tree/shrub species <Beach Plums, PawPaw, Serviceberry> and one urban hardy species <Fig>.
Spring 2017 Workshops and Tropical Fruit Tour
Workshops will meet in the workshop tent beside the line for free trees. They run 30-45 minutes with time for your questions!
11AM- 11:30AM How to Start a Community Orchard with Gwen Kokes from Baltimore Orchard Project
11AM- 11:30AM Tropical Fruit Tour of the Conservatory with a staff member from Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Horticulture Division. This walk through the various greenhouses will be highlighting the tropical fruiting plants including Kumquat, Passionfruit, Grapefruit, and Prickly Pear. Meet in the South Pavillion.
11:45AM- 12:15PM Pruning and Training your young Fruit Tree with Baltimore City Arborist Erik Dihle
12:30PM- 1PM Nina Carroll will show you how to prepare a delicious, simple quick and no cooking strawberry jam recipe. This method of preservation can be used on the fruits that you will eventually get from the trees you receive at the giveaway.
1:15PM 1:45PM Companion Planting in the Orchard with Todd McCree of Great Escape Nursery
Companion planting is about one plant helping another in some way. It could be as simple as attracting insects for pollination or as complex as biological processes that provide nutrients to one another. Todd will lead a discussion on types of plants that are good companions for the free fruiting trees you’ll recieve at the giveaway.
Pollination Station 10AM-2PM We hope you visit the BeeFriendly Apiary tent to learn about the critical role that pollinating insects play in fruit and vegetable production. On top of that, you will learn a great deal about the life history and ecology of the bee. This is a Baltimore City Apiary, and honey will be offered for sample and sale.
Plant Sale with vendors to be determined
Interactive Fun Stuff:
Nature Play Space
Make a PomPom with Baltimore Orchard Project
live music and spoken word poetry on stage!