Storm damage to Maryland's public gardens
Juniper tree damaged at Cylburn Mansion in Baltimore. Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun
The people behind the plants at Maryland's public gardens crossed their fingers when the storm predictions grew and grew last week.
It is hard to prepare 200 acres, most of it woodlands, to withstand the snow and the wind that were predicted.
When the sun came out, the horticulturists did, too. And what they found broke their collective hearts.
Hundred-old-boxwoods at Cylburn Arboretum bent and broken under the weight of the storm. Hollies and cypress uprooted or broken in half at the Paca House in Annapolis, London Town in Edgewater. A holly split and an American pine uprooted at London Town Public House and Gardens in Anne Arundel County
And, as you might imagine, there isn't much money in the kitty these days for heavy-duty pruning and replanting that will be necessary
Here is a look at more of the damage.
The 100-year-old boxwoods are bent and buried under the snow. Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun
The hedges in the Paca Garden are buried. Photo credit: Mollie Ridout/Annapolis Historical Association.