Aigburth Vale hopes to tap gardening enthusiasm for greenery project

After recent demolition that took down an outbuilding at the Aigburth Vale Senior Housing facility in Towson, residents there are hopng to tap some flower power to help fill the void left behind — and are looking to Towson Gardens Day event as a source of help.

"There's a patch that's wide open. It's all mud out there now," said Pat Burchard, organizer of the Aigburth Vale Gardens Day Committee. "We used to have some shade there, but there's no trees."

"There's going to be additional parking there, but we want landscaping and shrubs," she said. "It's going to take a lot of fundraising."

In fact, Burchard estimates that it'll take some $35,000 to improve the area where the former carriage house and maid's quarters along Aigburth Road were demolished recently due to their dilapidated condition.

She said residents of the senior community — which is owned by St. Ambrose Housing — hope to have a number of fundraisers, but the first will come May 3, when her committee will have a table at the Towson Gardens Day.

Burchard hopes the community will pitch in and patronize the table — she's been collecting donations of "garden-related" items, surch as ceramic pots, canisters, flowers boxes and other items for the May 3 sale.

"Anything related to flowers," she said.

The group will have a table on Baltimore Street during Towson Gardens Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The demolition of the two Aigburth vale outbuildings had been urged by the Aigburth Manor Association based on their condition, and in December the county approved the demolition.

"The buildings were falling down," Burchard acknowledged.

Towson Gardens Day is expected to drawn some 10,000 people to the downtown area, and is set for May 3, centered in the Courthouse Fountain Square area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Gardens Day was established 26 years ago to encourage the greening of Towson.

The Gardens Day festival ends at 3 p.m. but the chamber will also host a free concert by Beach Bumz from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Gardens.

For more information, call 410-825-1144.

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