Highlights Its Public Gardens
In spring, its said, a young mans fancy turns to thoughts
of love. And that makes this the ideal time to highlight a selection
of Marylands public gardens, perfect for a romantic walk
(and, at some, for a spring wedding as well).
Call ahead for details
about days and hours of operation.
The gardens marked
with an asterisk (*) are part of the Maryland Public Garden Consortium,
which includes 13 members throughout the state. For further information
about the gardens, call Ladew Topiary Gardens at 410-557-9570,
ext. 25 to request a free brochure or visit the groups web
site at www.marylandgardens.org.
For more information about any aspect of travel in Maryland, the
public may call 800-719-5900 or
visit the states tourism web site, www.mdwelcome.org.
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660
A 400-acre native garden and preserve promotes the appreciation
and conservation of the Delmarva Peninsulas native plants.
Four miles of paths lead visitors across streams, through meadows
and into a bottomland forest. There are blooming gardens near
the arboretums visitors center, which also includes a gift
shop, library, and nature and art exhibit.
on St. John*
Solomons, MD 20678
Museum-quality outdoor artwork is combined with the tranquil setting
of a natural garden. The garden sponsors festivals throughout
the year and a light display during the holiday season.
and Botanic Gardens*
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
This complex includes an 1888 Victorian Palm House, three display
greenhouses and 1.5 acres of flower gardens. The collection features
plants from around the world, including annuals and perennials,
a tropical display, a cactus display and a rain forest exhibit.
NOTE: This site is in the midst of renovations. The gardens will
remain open, but the palm house and greenhouses are temporarily
closed. Please be sure to call ahead to determine the sites
status before your visit.
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
A conservatory greenhouse with a stream and tropical plants is
the focal point of the 50-acre property. The grounds feature 11
500 S. Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
The museum portrays life 150 years ago, and it features an heirloom
garden of "antique table fare." Among its contents are
purple carrots and heirloom tomatoes. In addition, antique roses
grow in a formal garden that is highlighted by towering holly
trees, making it a popular spot for tea parties and weddings.
4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
Baltimore businessman Jesse Tyson began building Cylburn Mansion
in 1863. The 207-acre estate features gardens, trails, a hands-on
nature museum, a collection of Maryland oaks, a bird museum with
dioramas, a horticultural reference library and a "Garden
of the Senses" specially designed for disabled visitors.
580 Taylor Avenue, Tawes State Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
This award-winning, five-acre garden represents geographic features
from across the state, including everything from forested Western
Maryland mountains to sandy Eastern Shore beaches. It was created
by and is named for the wife of a former governor and is located
on the property of the state office building that houses Marylands
Department of Natural Resources.
of Talbot County
25 S. Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
The three historic homes that comprise this site are situated
within award-winning gardens. Those gardens are a reproduction
of a formal Federal-period garden and provide an ideal setting
to enjoy a picnic lunch or quiet respite.
Ladew Topiary Gardens*
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
This 250-acre property, home to the late Harvey Ladew, features
a manor house (circa 1747), 15 thematic flower gardens on 22 acres
and a nature walk. The house and gardens are on the National Register
of Historic Places. The highlight here is the propertys
intricate topiaries, among the most interesting of which is a
life-size foxhunt. Many consider this site the most outstanding
topiary garden in the United States.
6800 Lilypons Road
Buckeystown, MD 21717
Named for the opera diva, the gardens are nestled alongside the
Monocacy River and are home to 275 acres of water lilies and other
aquatic plants. Although the main purpose of the gardens is to
be a retail "showroom," the staff will gladly conduct
tours. The area is a favorite among bird watchers and picnickers.
London Town House
839 Londontown Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
Built in 1760, this one-time tavern inn overlooks the South River.
Now it is a museum surrounded by eight acres of woodland gardens.
The house is a National Historic Landmark and appears on the National
Register of Historic Places, and the attraction is the site of
6910 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
A five-acre shade garden features an array of azaleas, rhododendrons,
trees and shrubs. The accompanying art gallery houses changing
exhibits throughout the year.
8909 Worcester Highway/Route 113
Berlin, MD 21811
An eight-room bed and breakfast in a Victorian mansion is nestled
on 23 acres of beautifully landscaped property. The gardens are
open to non-guests as well.
Greenway and Stratford Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Although all seven acres are open throughout the year, these gardens
shouldnt be missed from late April to early May, when more
than 80,000 tulips bloom. Other plants found here include azaleas,
boxwoods, dogwoods, magnolias and wisteria.
44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, this tidewater
manor (circa 1710) boasts one of the regions most impressive
collections of blooming flowers, shrubs and trees. Sotterleys
formal garden dates to 1910, when Herbert L. Sotterlee hired a
landscape architect to design a typical 18th-century garden overlooking
the Patuxent River.
8537 Hollow Road
Middletown, MD 21769
This site boasts acres of beautiful gardens, all located on a
historical farm. Its open for herbal luncheons, garden tours,
weddings and special events. The site was recently named one of
the Top 10 Lawns in the United States by Briggs & Stratton
William Paca House
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21108
William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and
former governor of Maryland, built this Georgian mansion between
1763 and 1765. The two-acre pleasure garden features a Chinese
trellis bridge, domed pavilion and fish-shaped pond and is the
only one of its kind remaining in the city. The site is within
a National Historic District and is on the National Register of