Baltimore GROW Centers
Baltimore GROW Centers (Green Resources & Outreach for Watersheds) are your neighborhood greening resource hubs, linking city residents, communities, and faith-based groups to plants, materials, and technical expertise for greening projects. Over the past two years we have provided free and low-cost trees, mulch, plants, and other materials, as well as free workshops on topics including community greening, vacant lot revitalization, installing rain gardens and rain barrels, environmental justice, and composting.
Funding for the GROW Center pop-ups and workshops, as well as the creation of a feasibility study and business plan, is partly provided by the USDA Forest Service and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
The GROW Center would not be able to function without our many partners, in particular, TreeBaltimore and Camp Small, which provide the trees and mulch we can give away for free. Other partners include MD Cooperative Extension/Master Gardeners, Office of Sustainability, Office of Emergency Management, BMORE Beautiful, Department of Housing and Community Development, and the many communities where we have held pop-ups and workshops. ,
Fall 2022 GROW Center Pop-ups and Workshops
DPW’s Fall GROW Center season will feature six pop-up events and four free workshops. Attend one of the upcoming activities and get some great resources to help you with your greening projects. Free trees, mulch, and reusable shopping bags will be available, as well as information on stormwater fee credits, plant advice, recycling and composting, gardening, adopt-a-lot, and other ways to make your home and community greener, cleaner, and more resilient. First come, first serve while supplies last.
The following is the schedule for Grow Center events. Please note the times for each event. The workshops are free but require registration. In-person workshops are limited to 15 people. Compost workshop attendees will receive a free compost bin, courtesy of the DPW Bureau of Solid Waste Food Matters program.
- September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm: Cut Flower Gardening Workshop @ Hillen Homestead (1913 E. 28th Street 21218) You can register for the Cut Flower Gardening Workshop by clicking here.
- September 29, 4:00 - 7pm: Pop-up @ Duane Avenue Park (corner of Duane Ave & 6th Street 21225)
- October 1, 8 am – 12 noon: Pop-up + Shred Event @ Johns Hopkins University Eastern Campus (1101 E. 33rd Street 21218)
- October 5, 5:00-6:30 pm: Bee Keeping Workshop @ Filbert Street Garden (1317 Filbert Street 21226) You can register for the Bee Keeping Workshop by clicking here.
- October 8, 9 am – 12 noon: Pop-up @ People’s Community Lutheran Church (6200 Loch Raven Boulevard 21239)
- October 12, 5:00 - 7 pm: Pop-up @ Conkling Street Garden (25 S. Conkling Street 21224)
- October 20, 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Home Composting Workshop @ Harlem Park Community Farm (1314 Harlem Avenue) You can register for the Home Composting Workshop by clicking here.
- October 22, 9 am-12 noon: Pop-up @ Whitelock Farm Healing Circle (907 Whitelock Street 21217)
- October 27, 5 – 6:30 pm: Greening Resource Workshop (Virtual). You can register for the Greening Resource Workshop by clicking here.
- November 6, 8 am - 12 noon: Pop-up + Shred Event @ Pimlico Public Safety Training Center (Manhattan Ave & Clover Rd 21215)
Photos from the Spring 2022 pop-ups and workshops:
Interested in what we have done so far? Check out the following two reports:
- Department of Public Works report on the GROW Center 2018-2021
- Baltimore Office of Sustainability report on the 2016 pilot GROW Center GROW Center Pilot Final Report.pdf
A few photos from the GROW Center pop-ups and workshops!