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100 years later, Flowermart still blooming
100 years later, Flowermart still blooming

It has been 100 years since Baltimore's ladies of the gentry decided to call attention to their efforts to beautify the city by holding a Flower Mart at the base of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, selling crab cakes their cooks prepared and flowers that the hired hands grew on their country estates. Today is not, however, the 100th event. The city's springtime tradition began in 1911, but did not occur for two years during World War I and again after the 1968 riots. And it was rained out in 1959. In 1973, the Women's Civic League actually "buried" the Flower Mart, in the form of a plaque, in the base of the monument, but this stubborn tradition was...

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