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Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Cylburn Arboretum is a city park with arboretum and gardens, located at 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. It is open daily - excluding Mondays-without charge.

The arboretum began as the private estate of businessman Jesse Tyson, who started construction of Cylburn Mansion in 1863. The house, designed by Baltimore City Hall architect George Aloysius Frederick, was eventually completed in 1888 and remains intact, a stone structure built of gneiss from Tyson's quarries at Bare Hills, with mansard roof, tower, and an Italianate cupola. It became the Cylburn Wildflower Preserve and Garden Center in 1954 and, in 1982, was renamed the Cylburn Arboretum Association.
The Cylburn Mansion houses a display of watercolor paintings of Maryland wildflowers that is open to the public.

Today the arboretum contains an extensive collection of trees and woody shrubs based loosely on the Tysons' original plantings. Collections include azaleas, bamboo, beeches, boxwoods, chestnuts, conifers, hollies, Japanese maples, magnolias, maples, Maryland oaks, and viburnum.

The arboretum also includes a number of flower and vegetable gardens, as well as greenhouses designed and built in the 1960s by Lord & Burnham. The greenhouses grow plants for the city's parks, and are not open to the general public.

The arboretum is included in the Baltimore National Heritage Area.
It was used as a filming location for "Final Grades", a 2006 episode of The Wire, in which Bodie Broadus and Jimmy McNulty have a conversation in the park.
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  • This is a great place to wander around and enjoy peaceful surroundings. Bring a book, pack a lunch, or just go for the environment. Cool buildings to explore too.  more »
  • Cylburn is at its best in the spring, when masses of naturalized daffodils across the grounds come into bloom. Fortuitously, this is also when the grove of old magnolias blooms, with lots of...  more »
  • Great place to take a leisurely walk! There are a few wooded trails to explore along with paved paths near the gardens. Some of the arboretum's larger trees are truly breathtaking.
  • Awesome atmosphere and peaceful. I love this place to read meditate or just sit and see the beauty. It's a great place to go to relax and I will continue to go there for a very long time. It's also a great place to go for a walk.

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