Saturday “The Man” and I headed out to the annual Baltimore FlowerMart (current spelling) in the Mt. Vernon area of the city. It is held around the Washington Monument.
It is quite an event and has been held here every year since 1911. It was the first Flower Mart (original spelling) in the nation. If you would like to learn more about FlowerMart and the history you can do so here. The FlowerMart is held the first weekend of May, rain or shine. It is held the weekend of the Kentucky Derby. It kicks off on Friday and goes through the weekend. I consider it Baltimore’s kickoff to the Preakness Stakes which is held here two weeks after the derby. I don’t know if that’s official, but I like the thought. If you are a horse racing fan, you know Preakness is the second leg in the run for the Triple Crown.
I have never been to the Preakness or any other horse race for that matter, but I do enjoy watching and participating in some of the festivities.
There is a grand hat parade at the kickoff on Friday, vendors of all types, flowers and plants (of course), and even a dog parade. Maybe one year I can participate in the hat parade! How fun would that be?
The photo was of above was a lovely display by the For-Win-Ash Garden Club, which is part of the Baltimore City Garden Clubs and a member of The Federated Garden Clubs Of Maryland; you can learn more about them here. As you would walk in the proprietress would say “come in and sip and sit”. Very charming. I just loved the idea of the plants in teapots and cups. I did the plants a favor and left them there for someone who might be able to keep them alive after taking them home. It is a running joke around here if you want a plant to die, give it to me… I must say though, last year my son and his girlfriend gave me an orchid for Mother’s Day and the plant is still alive. It has been in my house for one year yesterday and isn’t dead yet. There was a bet going on as to how long it would live. It hasn’t bloomed again, but it is alive…..Maybe there is hope, but I wouldn’t put money on it, lol!
Some of the beautiful artwork on display.
Since I discovered hats last year I decided to wear one down, even though it wasn’t Friday. I knew there would still be some in attendance; because it’s tradition.
I bought this hat towards the end of last summer. I knew it would look good with black and white. It adds just a bit of a pop of color. I don’t usually wear hats with a brim this wide, but I don’t think it is too much. It also has a built-in SPF so it will be good in the summer. I recently purchased the green purse. Since “greenery” is the color of spring and I don’t have much green. I decided to add it with accessories instead of buying new clothes. The boots and black jeans you’ve seen before. These boots have a nice block heel and were very comfortable walking on the brick lined streets. I have found good quality heels to be much more comfortable than most flats, since losing weight. The white top is a couple of years old. Of course I had to add some pearls. After all, “pearls are always appropriate”; to quote Jackie Kennedy.
The lemon and peppermint stick is a FlowerMart tradition and a must have.
I have told you before I am the person that should not wear white on any day that ends in “Y” and this day was no exception. By the time we were done I had dripped lemon juice with red peppermint stains down my shirt….SMH, lol. Fortunately, since we knew the temperature was supposed to start dropping and it was supposed to rain off and on I took a jacket. At least I didn’t look like a total slob the rest of the day.
More of the beautiful flowers for sale
We really enjoy going into the city and partaking in the various activities throughout the year. Baltimore is a city that is rich in history and culture. There is so much to see and do that you rarely need to leave. Some days I just enjoy walking around and looking at the old architecture. Do you enjoy these types of activities? If you are local have you been to FlowerMart?
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