About the Garden - and FOMG!

In 1926, then president of the Baltimore City Park Board, William I. Norris, created Mothers’ Garden in memory of his mother and to honor Baltimore’s moms.  One source notes that the park (which was a former quarry) may have originally been conceived to honor the mothers of Baltimore who had lost sons in WWI. The resulting botanical haven for mothers was presented to then Mayor Howard W. Jackson at a dedication ceremony that attracted over 6000 people in 1928.


An early 1980’s restoration effort led to a rededication by Mayor William Donald Schaefer on May 13, 1984. The current phase of restoration and conservation began in 2010 with the founding of the Friends of Mothers’ Garden, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The goals of the project include working with volunteers, donors and partners to promote routine maintenance and clean-ups, the repair and restoration of masonry features and walkways, removal/planting/pruning of trees and shrubs, clearing/ replacement and establishment of flower beds and garden features, as well as an annual Poetry Contest and Celebration of Mothers event held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day each year.  Poems that honor mothers, gardens, and care givers are lovingly accepted year-round at poetry@fomg.org.

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