Flower Martat Mount Vernon Place

Flower Mart is Baltimore’s oldest free public festival.

Flower Mart was founded in 1911 by the Women’s Civic League, an organization formed to advocate for better living conditions in the City of Baltimore. A focal point of the original market was to encourage flower, plant, and vegetable gardening in the yards of homes and vacant lots—thereby making them green.

The Women’s Civic League managed the event for almost ninety years, and along the way the festival’s signature Lemon Stick treat was introduced—a porous peppermint stick used as a “straw” to suck the juice out of a halved lemon—sweety and tangy—and very refreshing.


About theFlower Mart

With the formation of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, and its role in programming and managing the Washington Monument and the park squares of Mount Vernon Place, in 2019 the management of Flower Mart was transferred to the Conservancy from Flower Mart at Mt. Vernon, Ltd.

As the caretakers of the city’s most historic green space, the Conservancy believes that the original mission of Flower Mart is as relevant today as it was in 1911. The Conservancy returned the festival to its historic roots by focusing the event on local vendors, particularly those who make and grow their own products. The Conservancy also introduced educational activities to Flower Mart, offering learning opportunities regarding the value of urban green spaces and gardens.

Please consider a donation to the Conservancy to help carry on the festival and its traditions for many years to come.