This blog was created by BOP Intern Morgan Mullaney.
The Baltimore Orchard Project picked up a beautiful book yesterday at the historic Johns Hopkins Homewood House Museum. It was Barbara Wells Sarudy’s Gardens and Gardening in the Chesapeake 1700-1805, a great read for those interested in the social and practical history of local gardening. In researching further, we discovered Sarudy’s lovely, picture-filled blogs. In one of her posts, she portrays a typical colonial property, rich in orchards. With a focus on Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Baltimore, she presents the life-cycle of the harvest, from the planting of these orchards, to the harvesting of apples for hard cider, and the drying of the fruit for winter. The jackpot for our project is the list of heirloom fruit trees she lists, many of which we hope to bring back to our city and neighborhoods.