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Ann P. Lundy, native plant advocate

Ann Porter Lundy, a former president of the Maryland Orchid Society and founder of Baltimore's chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society, died Sept. 28 of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

She was 70.

"She taught a lot of people about gardens, plants and life," said her husband, A. Lee Lundy Jr., a partner at the law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP. "She meant a lot to a lot of people."

Ann Lundy was born March 25, 1944, in Palm Beach, Fla., in the Breakers Hotel, which was then being used as a troop and maternity hospital. Her father was killed in action in World War II shortly after her birth, and she grew up as the only child of a single mother in Michigan. Her mother was a teacher, serving as a Fulbright Exchange teacher in England for a year, and became a professor at Kent State University.

A mother of two, Ann Lundy received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1966 from Smith College, where she worked as a riding instructor at a local girl's school and met her husband, whom she married shortly after graduation. She worked as a banker at Bankers Trust Co. in New York, putting her husband through the final two years of law school at Columbia University in New York.

The couple lived in New York, London, Bethesda, Md., and Bryn Mawr, Pa., before settling in Baltimore in 1990.

Living in Bryn Mawr, Mrs. Lundy was active in community affairs, becoming president of the Lower Merion Pennsylvania Township League of Women Voters, and supporting the Philadelphia Symphony and the Smith Club.

Upon moving to Baltimore, she established her own landscape design business called Landscapes by Design. "She learned everything about native plants," said Katherine Lundy, her daughter. "She got everyone else excited. She inspired quite a movement here in the Baltimore area that really started from nothing."

Ann Lundy wrote articles in Chesapeake Magazine and other publications about native plants and design and worked for many years in presenting the annual Native Plant Seminar of Baltimore's Irvine Nature Center. She also served several years as an officer and director of the Roland Park Roads and Maintenance Corporation and a director of the Roland Park Community Foundation, in both cases striving to preserve the character of the neighborhood and enhance its beauty, her husband said.

She joined the board of the Friends of Olmsted Maryland Parks and Landscapes and was a founder of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society.

Additionally, she was an avid orchid grower and served as an officer and eventually president of the Maryland Orchid Society. She was always ready to help any novice grower with what she knew and eager to question and learn from expert growers, her husband said.

She was a member and president of the Guilford Garden Club, and through its affiliation became active in the Garden Club of America. At the October 2013 zone meeting of the Garden Club of America she received its Horticulture Award for outstanding horticultural achievement beyond the activities of her own club.

Kay McConnell, a friend who met Lundy through the Guildford Garden Club, said Lundy installed native plant gardens at Robert E. Lee Park, New Song Academy in Sandtown and the Friends School.

"She was so smart, elegant, passionate and generous," McConnell said. "She was an intelligent and clear-thinking person."

Ann Lundy was a donor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Shriver Hall Concert Services in Baltimore. She grew up playing the violin and relished sitting and listening to orchestras, soloists, and chamber groups. She had been an art history minor at Smith and supported the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She and her husband traveled widely in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and much of Western Europe, as well as in the United States and Canada.

She was also an active sportswoman. "One very fond memory that I have is canoeing with her," her husband recalled. "We would go for two weeks at a time. We really both enjoyed that and we did it again and again."

Katherine Lundy said her favorite memories of her mother stem from lessons taught in the garden — of learning about beauty and how to create it.

"There was a satisfaction of really creating something beautiful and knowing that we did it ourselves," said Katherine, who is now an artist. "She influenced me greatly, and taught me, 'You can create the beauty.'"

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Jean Tansey Porter of East Lansing, Mich.; her son, Travis Stuart Lundy of Hong Kong; her daughter, Katherine Porter Lundy of Quito, Ecuador; and two grandsons, Alastair and Stuart Lundy of Hong Kong.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Friends School in Baltimore.

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