Charles Village garden event adds touch of country to city About 500 take part in festival's first day

June 02, 1996|By Scott Wilson | Scott Wilson,SUN STAFF

Ed Hargadon calls it "good old country fun in the city."

The former president of the Charles Village Civic Association was one of roughly 500 amateur gardeners and ordinary residents of the urban jungle who turned out yesterday for the North Baltimore neighborhood's Garden Festival & Walk.

The festival's first day -- it continues this morning -- featured street vendors selling garden goods, homemade crafts and other assorted bric-a-brac, bringing a temporary touch of rural living to a neighborhood characterized by red-brick rowhouses and broad front porches.

Children flocked to the Baltimore Zoo's Zoomobile, featuring snakes, tarantulas and other creatures more Amazonian than Baltimorean. The day concluded with a camp out for 60 children -- and parents -- in Wyman Park. Bagels will be served at 7 a.m. today.

"I'd say it was a raving success," said Hargadon, who was planning last night to sleep under the stars with his wife and two kids. "We're looking forward to tomorrow."

This is the first year a festival day was added to the neighborhood's Garden Walk, which has opened up Charles Village back yards to admirers of horticulture for the past 25 years. Today, 20 gardens in northern Charles Village will be featured during the tour running from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Expert gardeners will join the group, offering gardening tips and commentary.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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