We know that trees are amazing biological machines; we know they provide remarkable health, social, real estate and ecological benefits. But if you’ve ever walked under the canopy of a flowering dogwood and looked up, then you know too, that trees are a source of joy. The Flowering Tree Trails brings more joy to Baltimore through:
1. thoughtful and designed plantings that increase the city’s canopy and offer seasonal displays of beauty;
2. providing opportunities for citizens of all ages to participate in tree plantings;
3. providing tree care and maintenance events which encourage citizen engagement with trees and nature;
4. planting locations that link neighborhoods to parks or provide access to nature in areas that otherwise lack greenspace.
We partner with individuals, communities, organizations, city government, and businesses to help create Flowering Tree Trails. There are many ways to bring a Flowering Tree Trail to a neighborhood, sidewalk, park or path near you – contact us to learn more.
Flowering Tree Trails of Baltimore, Inc. is a 501c3 organization, donations to which are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of our current financial statement is available by request. This is an initiative that began with the Baltimore City Forestry Board.
Zoë Clarkwest, Executive Director
Ms. Clarkwest has spent her career in landscape design focusing on working with communities to achieve aesthetic, functional and meaningful restoration projects. Her work has included urban tree surveys, stormwater management BMPs, site planning, and native planting designs for residential and institutional landscapes. She lives and loves her rain garden’s native plants in Baltimore City.
Board of Directors
Jill Jonnes, Founder and Co-Chair
Jill Jonnes was inspired by a trip to Japan where she had the joyous experience of attending cherry blossom festivals in Tokyo and Fukuoka for research on her latest book, URBAN FORESTS: A Natural History of Trees & People in the American Cityscape (Viking Press). She returned to Baltimore and joined the city’s Forestry Board, which along with TreeBaltimore embraced this vision of communities connected and beautified by flowering trees. She also founded of the Baltimore Tree Trust, which planted more than three thousand trees in east Baltimore where trees were scarce, and she is a Master Naturalist.
Russ Moss, Co-Chair
Russ Moss planted his first tree in his native Georgia, and he’s planted them since wherever life has taken him—New York, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. Russ left Georgia farm life to earn a business administration degree. A career as a TV news cameraman followed; he retired from CBS after more than thirty years in the industry. He followed up volunteering in his Reservoir Hill community with service on boards such as Baltimore City Farms, Baltimore Orchard Project, and as chair of the Baltimore City Forestry Board. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums. He performs cabaret and in big swing band shows. “But once you know the value of trees, you have to keep planting them.”
Amanda Cunningham, First Vice President
Amanda Cunningham has been involved in Baltimore’s greening scene for over 20 years. She managed programs for Parks & People, co-authored a how-to book on greening, helped found and direct the Baltimore Tree Trust, and developed the Baltimore TreeKeepers program. Amanda volunteers on the Baltimore City Forestry Board as treasurer and is a big tree hunter with the Maryland Big Tree Program. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. A volunteer educator with UMD Extension’s Master Gardener program for 24 years, she is an alumnus of Towson University.
Sarah Lord, Second Vice President
Sarah Fenno Lord is passionate about the city-wide effort to double Baltimore’s tree canopy. She was chair of the Baltimore Forestry Board, assisted with the formation of TreeKeepers classes, and served on the board of the Baltimore Tree Trust. In her other life, she was a theater critic at the Columbia Flier, Baltimore News American, Baltimore Sun, Daily Record, a regular on WMPB-TV’s “The Critics Place,” taught arts review classes at area universities, and scripted classical music concerts for children performed by numerous symphony orchestras.
Lauren Andersen, Treasurer
Lauren Andersen is an avid gardener with five years training at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. She grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is new to Baltimore and excited about making an impact with Flowering Tree Trails, and bringing beauty to our city. Lauren is recently retired from an international environmental and engineering firm. Her activities include caring for her family’s 53-acre farm in York County, PA. She is a sideline beekeeper, tending a dozen colonies, and is active in the York County Beekeepers Association.
Marilyn Fisher, Secretary
Marilyn Fisher is a lawyer of many years’ experience in business transactions, real estate development, and in advising nonprofit organizations. She has served on the boards of nonprofits that provide healthcare, land conservation, and business consulting to emerging companies. As a visiting professor, Marilyn teaches business law at law schools in China. She received her undergraduate degree from Goucher College, her J.D. from the University of Chicago, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.