Dr. Mike Sherlock

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Dr. Mike Sherlock

As a pediatrician, Mike Sherlock’s interest in living things extends beyond human anatomy. Plantlife—horticulture—is also a passion of his and one that led him to become a Firesoul organically.

Having moved east from Montana, Mike settled in Baltimore, MD, with his family and grew his practice. After gardening his yard, then a few smaller public spaces in his Mt. Washington community, Mike decided to earn a landscape design certification. Now he was poised and ready to tackle an ambitious community project: to convert a dismal, brown acre of land—a neglected vacant lot—one where an apartment complex had been devastated by a hurricane several years before.

“It might be seen as breathing fire or light where there was none before”.

Armed with a cadre of other like-minded community volunteers, Mike and his team volunteered their Sundays for over seven years to create what is now the Mt. Washington Arboretum—a lush acre, entirely open to the public, with walking trails, hundreds of native plant species, a pond with a waterfall, a teaching tent, a water-collecting wheel, an entrance kiosk, and a pergola.

The arboretum is used by nature groups, amateur painters, photographers, school groups, master gardeners, and botany classes. Its Sacred Place serves as a garden centerpiece—its bench is canopied by a hand-crafted, curved arbor—making the open, circular area all the more enticing.

“So much can go wrong in this world that you can have no impact on. But in the garden, you can do something right. You can create some beauty in a world that is often ugly and disorderly. The garden puts you back in touch with the natural world and the natural order of things.”

We couldn’t have put it any better.


Photo credit: Maureen Porto

My Sacred Place

Mount Washington Arboretum

The site features over 250 yards of trails infused with hundreds of native plant species, as well as a interpretive signs, five seating arrangements, a tool shed with a green roof, a pond with a waterfall, a teaching tent, a water-collecting wheel, an entrance kiosk and a pergola.

Meet Another Firesoul

Shira Goodman

With three years of experience in managing community gardens elsewhere, Shira joined the Filbert Street team as Internal Relations Coordinator and manager of the production garden in March of 2023. Her timely addition to the Filbert Street team perfectly coincided with the beginning of the Sacred Place design and development there. Especially in an urban...


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