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"Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” Back on My Feet founder Anne Mahlum says on her organization’s website. “Life is about choosing different roads and our program teaches the importance of choosing roads filled with opportunity, hope and happiness.” Anna’s understanding of life and running intertwined and strengthened during her own daily runs. Every morning she would follow the same route, but despite her conditioning it began to take her longer and longer. This was because her route took her past a homeless shelter, and what began as jogging past without breaking stride turned into waving at familiar faces and then stopping to talk. Today, Back on My Feet is dedicated to the empowerment and self-sufficiency of underserved people. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through running, people experiencing homelessness gain community, self-esteem, and confidence alongside other people of all backgrounds. Anna’s efforts have led to a running club in Philadelphia and have since expanded to the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. The organization funds its cause by hosting events and races throughout the year, including various 5Ks, half-marathons, and The AT&T Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K & 3x5K Relay.

2600 Madison Ave
Baltimore,
MD
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Maxalea is Baltimore’s home base for professional landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, technicians, and more. For your yard cleaning services, a three-person crew composed of some of the outfit’s most talented landscapers will perform a customized clean-up of pruning, weeding, and edging to guarantee a neat, natural-looking lawn for your next barbecue, mayoral stump speech, or company-wide Slip-'n'-Slide contest determining the next round of layoffs. Maxalea’s ground crew can also spread mulch, if you already own some (if not, mulch can purchased for an additional cost from Maxalea). Raking and leaf bagging are also included in your backyard’s beautification session, though excess offsite debris removal—such as branches or weeds whose removal would require multiple dump-truck trips—come at an additional cost. Maxalea's full crew of more than 80 grass whisperers ensures a level of precision and detail that separates well-tended lawns from wildly undomesticated behind-the-house prairies.

900 Oak Hill Rd
Idlewylde,
MD
US

Join 60,000 other people in perusing scores of flowery arrangements and kempt greenery in Maryland State Fairgrounds, located about 13 miles north of downtown. Browse through 400 home-improvement exhibits that will prove handy when turning your domicile into a plant paradise. Plants and game-changing garden accessories, such as the hand-powered shovel, will be available for purchase in between informative seminars. Nineteen professionally landscaped gardens will wow you with their strategically placed foliage and vivid bee-magnets. The Orchid Society will also be in attendance, showing off its prized specimens and parting with them for a price.

2200 York Rd
Lutherville Timonium,
MD
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Being stumped is no fun, whether it's your mind or the hunk of tree in your front yard that refuses to move. Executive Landscape Management can help with the latter situation, though?its tree-clearing services do away with troublesome trunks, brush, and branches, leaving yards clean and level. Its landscapers don't just deal with stubborn trees, though. They also busy themselves with nearly all aspects of lawn maintenance, from monthly mowing and plant-bed weeding to installing sprinklers, pathways, and lighting. Because the team has more than 20 years of experience beautifying outdoor spaces, they can handle entire makeovers just as readily as they do small touchups.

Many of ELM's treatments shift with the seasons. Fall brings leaf-removal appointments that evict leaves from gutters and yards. During the holidays, the staff decorates houses with cheery lights and wreaths. They even push snow off the roads, allowing homeowners to get to work without first cloning and saddling a woolly mammoth.

P.O. Box 117
Severna Park,
MD
US

Arnold Farms opened in 1970 as a simple roadside farmstand. Today, patrons find the same folksy service alongside gardening and landscaping needs sprawled across the shop’s multilevel facility. On Arnold's upper floor, outdoor-living supplies, including pottery, potted plants, all-weather Cheetos, and more than 100 styles of patio furniture rest near a fully stocked hardware store. One floor down, the shop spreads out its mulches and landscaping supplies in a nursery that houses annuals, perennials, shrubs, grasses, and trees. Gardening experts roam the aisles to assist customers, and master landscape designers work with patrons to create beautiful touches or complete overhauls for existing yards of all shapes.

1360 Ritchie Hwy
Arnold,
MD
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Equilibrium is nested on more than 80 acres of fields and forests, an ideal natural landscape for the classical art of horse riding. The school and horse center focuses on educating visitors in horsemanship, which includes eventing, classical dressage, jumping, and more. Whether you're a skilled equestrian who wants brushing up, or a complete neophyte who believes that horses only exist in the realm of dream and prophecy, you'll benefit from an hour of private instruction. Lesson time includes preparation of the horse, bringing the horse from the stall to the arena, and returning your newfound equine friend to the stall after the lesson is over, all valuable skills when it comes to horsemanship. Discuss your horse-goals with one of Equilibrium's skilled, experienced instructors, who will work to tailor the private lesson to you.

1685 Underwood Rd
Gambrills,
MD
US