Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tulip Paradise

If you have ever seen Sherwood Garden in the Guilford area of Baltimore during late April, it can only be described as tulip paradise. Each spring, the park comes alive in shades of pink, yellow, red and cream. The legendary tulip gardens date back to the the 1920's, when they were developed on the grounds of a filled-in pond by John Sherwood.

When Sherwood died in 1965, he left enough funds to continue the garden for one year. since then, it has been in the hands of Guilford residents for its care and maintenance.

Approximately 80,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually along with other spring flowering bulbs. Dogwoods, flowering cherries, wisteria and magnolias bloom throughout the garden.  2013 marks the 100th year of the Guilford community, and residents have created the Guilford Centennial. Part of this 100-year celebration is the continuation of the lush tulip gardens.

As a fundraiser for the garden, the Guilford Centennial created the Bloom candle in collaboration with Pritte. The candle is 100% organic, domestic beeswax and is scented with gardenia and tuberose, as well as undertones of royal green frankincense, myrrh, and white sage. It is designed to purify your living space with a light, floral fragance.

balance was honored to do the promotional photography for the Bloom candle. I can officially tell you that it smelled heavenly and even the box was gorgeous.

You can buy the Bloom candle from the Pritte website. It's available for pre-order right now and is well worth the asking price - especially as 20% of the fee goes directly to supporting Sherwood Garden.  We have had beeswax candles in the past, and they burn longer than regular candles and even longer than soy candles.

More than six acres in size, Sherwood Gardens has no gates, fences or other barriers. The public may stroll at leisure through the grounds. There is no admission charge and a reservation is not required. Sherwood Garden has always been at its best toward the end of April and beginning of May and after one visit, I know you will agree that this special public garden is worth your support - especially when you end up with an amazing candle as part of the process.


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