Just a reminder: The annual Flower Mart will be held at the base of Washington Monument tomorrow. Which is as good an excuse as one can think of to take a stroll through Mount Vernon Place, get some lunch, buy flowers and just enjoy crowds of smiling people having a good time.
Each year since 1911 -- with a few interruptions for wars and other calamities -- the Women's Civic League has welcomed the spring with this festive Flower Mart, which by now is one of the oldest surviving civic traditions in Baltimore City. This year's proceeds will go toward the preservation of 9 N. Front Street, home of Thorowgood Smith, the second mayor of Baltimore.
Through many of its early years, the Flower Mart was one of the red-letter days on the society calendar. Even though it no longer generates as many spin-off parties as before, it still is as delightful as the lemon sticks that are its unofficial trademark. A 1955 song was even composed to celebrate the Flower Mart: