Baltimore Excursion, May 6th. Itinerary
Ok folks, here's the deal. We'll meet and park our cars in front of the Conservatory in Druid Hill Park at 9 AM. We'll wander down to the lake and back, as the Conservatory doesn't open until 10. The Conservatory has some fantastic plants, including a massive Agave plant in the desert conservatory. They have an Orchid room, great for folks into macro or color, and a formal garden outside. Good news for the large format and macro crowd- the Conservatory permits tripods inside. It is also rarely busy, so you don't have to worry too much about the crowds getting in your way or tripping over your tripod.
Within a very short walk from the Conservatory there are several pavilions, monuments to William Wallace and Christopher Columbus, and the lake. The lake has a folly at one end (now closed for safety reasons) made to look like a moorish castle tower, and a stone pumphouse in the middle of the lake with cast iron railings. I'll post some scans when I get some prints made.
Around 11:30 we'll break for lunch. I'm saying that we shall all meet at Never On Sunday, a Greek place over on Charles Street, at Noon. It's low key, inexpensive, and not terribly busy, so there will be enough tables for us to take over and hang out for a while. This will be the opportunity for people to share prints and discuss their interests. If you have special dietary needs or you just hate Greek food, there are other options within walking distance. After lunch, we'll spend another hour or so taking in Mount Vernon Square, with a fantastic gothic church, the Washington Monument, and some victorian gardens. Weather, time and interest permitting, we can then go on to Cylburn Arboretum.
Cylburn Arboretum is worth an entire day in itself. The Arboretum is 178 acres of protected parkland in Baltimore City. There is the mansion itself, which is quite photogenic. The mansion grounds have numerous spots worthy of attention - a formal garden, marble lion statues, and acres of greenhouses. There are various trails through the woods marked for the species of trees and other plantlife that can be found. The grounds are open until 9pm daily.