The original grounds guys were a band of 10 brothers with a passion for landscaping. Together, they built The Grounds Guys around their love of freshly cut grass and well-manicured topiaries in 1987 and have expanded ever since. Together, they sharpen their tools every day before heading to people's homes to landscape and maintain exquisite yards.
With a sprawling selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and more, Frey’s Greenhouse has helped gardeners spruce up their yards for more than 40 years. Blooming geraniums ($3.49) and other annuals set up shop year after year, and perennials such as impatiens ($1.49 for a 4-pack) can hardly wait to host summertime garden parties. Visitors may choose from dozens of hanging baskets to adorn decks, porches, and doghouses with brilliant splashes of color ($23.95 for 12”). More than 50 types of veggie plants, including cucumbers ($1.49) and lettuce ($0.99 per seed packet), help salads freshen up, and just-picked rosemary transforms shy pork chops into barbecue celebrities ($2.89). Friendly staff members help shoppers navigate the 25,000-square-foot space, unearthing glazed Malaysian pottery ($19.95) and locating the perfect shovels for pint-size diggers' sandboxes. They’re also happy to provide advice on fertilizer use, pest prevention, and recovery of runaway garden gnomes.
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.
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.
"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.
A family whose love for flora spans three generations, the Stadlers started their plant-growing endeavors back in 1932 when Paul Stadler began gardening for clients in Georgetown after emigrating from Switzerland. Soon, they opened up a small landscaping-and-gardening center, and today—more than 75 years later—Stadler Nurseries has grown to populate 340 acres of fertile land where they propagate native plants, landscaping shrubs, trees, roses, and more than 700 varieties of perennials. A staff of horticulturists and enthusiastic green thumbs helps visitors navigate the vast greenhouses and outdoor gardens, offering tips on how to prune leaves, fertilize soil, and teach plants how to roll over on command.