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MNPS Field Trip: Trees at Greenmount Cemetery

  • 11/01/2014
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Baltimore
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Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society

Aside from a burial ground for many well-known Baltimoreans from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, Greenmount is also home to some beautiful, old trees.  Come see the fall colors of natives and exotics, including various oaks and maples, Sassafras, linden, ash, katsura, Cryptomeria, and Ginkgo.

In the mid-19th century, America enjoyed the Rural (or Garden) Cemetery Movement.  Due to overcrowding in urban areas, cemeteries were moved outside population centers and were no longer on church grounds. These cemeteries became a sanctuary away from the stifling, polluted cities.  Families enjoyed Sunday walks through the peaceful, picturesque landscape that was inspired by English landscape gardening.

Established in 1838, Greenmount Cemetery is Baltimore’s best known and oldest example of that style of cemetery (and landscaping).  Many Maryland governors, Baltimore mayors, philanthropists, artists, and Civil War generals are buried here, including: Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, John Wilkes Booth, W.H. Rinehart, Allen Dulles, and Theodore McKeldin.

Leader:  Chris Partain

Registration for the first week, through Oct. 8, for members only (no non-member guests through Oct 8).

Cancellation Policy: Trip will go in light drizzle but will be cancelled if raining.

Contact: (for additional information; not to register)  Chris Partain, 

Directions: Meet in the small lot by the office inside the entrance at 1501 Greenmount Ave., (across from east Oliver St.).  Parking is available along all roadways inside the cemetery and in the small lot inside the entrance. 

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