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Meet the Walking Gardener of West Street

Meet the Walking Gardener of West Street

Past the dealership for used Hyundais, past the barbershop and bail bondsman, two worn town houses crowd the curb with their scratch of front yard teeming with common milkweed, swamp milkweed and orange-Creamsicle tufts of butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. "A-s-c-l-e-p-i-a-s," Fred Schaefer says. "That's the genus." A red Ford Mustang guns past. It interrupts his Latin. "It's West Street," he says. "We see everything." Schaefer is 53, tall and thin like a farmer, but works at the car wash around the corner, and plants gardens around Annapolis on land he does not own. He owns no land, no computer, no car. He rents an apartment on...