May 2, 2011

Peabody Institute, Library open their doors for Flowermart

The Peabody Institute and the George Peabody Library will offer tours, talks and family activities during this year’s Flowermart festival. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Baltimore’s “rite of spring” will fill Mount Vernon Place with garden-related vendors from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.

A do-it-yourself scavenger hunt will be available in the Rouse Visitor Center at the Peabody Institute’s main entrance, where visitors can check in for tours and activities. Student musicians will perform in the George Peabody Library’s exhibition hall on both days. On Saturday in the George Peabody Library, there will be talks at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., and family activities from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Also on Saturday, the 171st birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, visitors are invited to make birthday cards and decorations in the Peabody Institute’s Mews Gallery. Cake will be served between 1 and 2 p.m.

The Peabody Institute’s iPhone app will make its debut at Flowermart. Along with mobile access to Peabody’s concert schedule, performance videos and information about the Peabody Preparatory’s summer session, the app will offer hundreds of trivia questions to test the user’s musical knowledge.