Time to get #getfiggywitit. Did you go to the Fruit Tree Fair last year? Maybe you’re smiling over that Fig plant you took home and planted in your backyard? Well you’ll want to make sure you return to this year’s fair to get yourself a second plant so they can pollinate each other. You are sure to enjoy our fair atmosphere, as we were aiming to have a little something for everyone. Whether your goal is to attend the workshop on companion planting in the orchard and buy some plants to take home with your free fruit tree, or you came simply to celebrate the urban greening uplift and festivities around the open mic stage, you’re sure to fill up with lots of great info! This year’s family friendly atmosphere featured a kid’s nature play space as the center piece. Local emcee Alanah Nichole elevates the energy at this event with various artists of all ages performing spoken word poetry and live music. This is an ongoing feature of the program as guests are invited to peruse the vendor tents to learn about honey bees and native pollinators, plants for the orchard, various environmental and community non-profit groups, and of course food and drink options.

TreeBaltimore conducts a dozen or so tree giveaway events each spring and fall, and one of the most popular requests over the years has been: “Do you have any fruiting trees?” That’s why our partners at Civic Works’ Baltimore Orchard Project decided in 2015 to come together and offer a tree giveaway event devoted entirely to native and urban hardy trees that produce edible fruits. In spring 2018, during the most successful Fruit Tree Fair to date, potted Figs, Paw Paws, American Elderberry, and Serviceberry laevis, will be handed out to each City resident. Over 500 trees must find homes in Baltimore City. Help find a home for on! One of our goals while conducting any tree giveaway is to expand Baltimore’s tree canopy, by encouraging that the free tree be planted on private lands such as a homeowner’s front or back yard. Your City’s umbrella tree canopy mission is already working with many groups to plant out the public and community spaces. While a considerable amount of land in Baltimore city is privately owned, the tree giveaway invites private land owners to plant and grow their tree canopy. The tree giveaway is an important tool in raising a greater awareness of Baltimore’s urban tree canopy (UTC) goal of 40% land coverage. We talk about Baltimore’s precious 28% canopy coverage with much pride, reciting the famous words of Dr Suess’ character the Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

1) follow this event on facebook

2) See this past blog post to get a feel for the event.

3) Register to volunteer for this event here

4) No registration required for this free event, open to all, but free fruit trees for City residents only.