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/or 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, as well as the creation of a feasibility study and business plan, is provided in part by the USDA Forest Service. 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 that we are able to giveaway 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 2021 GROW Center Pop-ups and Workshops
DPW’s excited to return this fall with five pop-up events and seven free workshops. Attend one of the upcoming activities and get some great resources to help you with your greening projects. Free trees (provided by TreeBaltimore), mulch (provided by Camp Small), and reusable shopping bags will be available, as well as information on stormwater fee credits, plant advice, recycling and composting, and other ways to make your home and community greener, cleaner, and more resilient. First come, first serve while supplies last. Masks and social distancing are recommended.
The following is the schedule of Grow Center events. Please note the times for the events. The workshops are free but require registration. Compost workshops are limited to 15 people. Compost workshop attendees will receive a free compost bin, courtesy of DPW Bureau of Solid Waste.
Please note that the events occurring on October 16 and October 31 will also act as joint GROW center Pop-ups and Shredding Events. DPW’s Shredding Events are a great way to get rid of bills and other sensitive documents responsibly. Residents can bring up to two garbage bags of documents to be shredded. All shredded paper is then recycled.
September 21, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Duncan St. Miracle Garden (1701 N. Duncan Street, 21213). Register:
September 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Harwood Community Garden (2700 block Greenmount Avenue, 21218) Register:
October 2, 9 a.m. – 12 noon : Pop-up @ Herbert Street Park (N. Smallwood and Herbert Street, just north of North Avenue, 21217)
October 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. : Pop-up @ Boone Street Commons (2100 Boone Street between E 21st and E 22nd Street, east of Greenmount Avenue, 21218)
October 6, 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m.: Compost Workshop @ Filbert Street Garden (Filbert and Prudence Streets, 21226) Register:
October 13, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Harwood Community Garden (2700 block Greenmount Avenue, 21218). Register:
October 14, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ The Harvest Community Garden (600 block Homestead Street, 21218) Register: Workshop limited to 10 people.
October 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. : Pop-up @ Mervo High School (3500 Hillen Road, 21218) In partnership with DPW free Shred Event
October 20, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. : Virtual Rain Garden Workshop. Register:
October 23, 12 noon – 3 p.m.: Pop-up @ Stillmeadow Community Fellowship (5100 block Frederick Road, 21229)
October 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. : Pop-up and Compost Workshop @ Pimlico Public Safety Training Center (Park Heights and Manhattan Avenues, 21215) In partnership with DPW free Shred Event. Workshop is 10am – 11am. Register: on food matters compost workshop page
November 9, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. : Pop-up @ Westport Community Cupboard (2400 Harman Avenue, 21230)
Below are photos from our Spring 2021 GROW Center events
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!