Local wildflowers entice walkers

Baltimore Woods’ 7-acre meadow is blooming with an assortment of native wildflowers that can easily be viewed from the gravel path through the corridor.

Walkers can start a stroll on N. Decatur at N. Baltimore, or at N. Decatur at N. Catlin. Or for a shorter walk, you can enter the meadow directly at N. St. Johns Alley from N. Edison. Another option is to enter at N. Reno and N. Decatur and walk south toward Cathedral Park to enjoy views of the St. Johns Bridge (See map below).

Checkerbloom in meadow near Catlin Ave.
Checkerbloom, a wild relative of hollyhock, in the
meadow nearest Catlin Ave.

The Friends of Baltimore Woods and their partners at Portland Parks and the Bureau of Environmental Services have planted many of the native wildflowers although some are volunteers. The meadows are being restored for the benefit of ground nesting birds and pollinators. Both are experiencing declining numbers due to a loss of habitat. The Friends ask that walkers stay on the path to allow birds enough undisturbed space for ground-nesting.

Map of Baltimore Woods meadow
Map showing Baltimore Woods meadow and access points from Decatur, Catlin, St. Johns and Reno Streets
Big Leaf Lupine amidst lush growth
Big Leaf Lupine amidst lush growth
Big Leaf Lupine in Baltimore Woods' meadow near Catlin Ave.
Big Leaf Lupine attracts bumblebees and other pollinators
Western Columbine
Native Western Columbine
Broad-leaved penstemon
Broad-leaved penstemon flowers are a brilliant mix of
purple, blue and orchid colors designed to attract native pollinators