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Spring brings the best time to visit Maryland's public gardens.

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Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Tour the Topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Enjoy the beauty of the colonial revival garden at Historic Sotterley Plantation. During the War of 1812, several of the plantation's enslaved labor force escaped to fight alongside the British.
Enjoy the beauty of the colonial revival garden at Historic Sotterley Plantation. During the War of 1812, several of the plantation's enslaved labor force escaped to fight alongside the British.
"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton

These green oases – with ornamental, heirloom or native plants, topiary, outdoor sculpture and historical roots – can easily be the colorful centerpiece for a Maryland getaway.

Whether you are an avid gardener, birdwatcher, appreciator of art – or just looking to enjoy nature, stretch your legs, and walk your dog – our public gardens are an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the seasons.

Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

1 Ladew Topiary Gardens

Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), who established the topiary gardens here, was, according to the British magazine Tatler, "a gardner, sporting art patron and good companion." It seems only fitting, then, that a life-sized foxhunt scene – one of two-dozen garden rooms on his former 250-acre property – is arguably the most recognizable topiary forms in the region. For more insights on this and other masterpieces, Ladew's In the Garden seriesand spring lectures offer a variety of gardening-related talks. 


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
410-557-9570


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Image of Flowers Photo By: Montgomery Parks

2 Brookside Gardens

An azalea garden, rose garden, children's garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, and Japanese-style garden, all surrounded by a "Heart-Smart Trail," are part of this 50-acre collection of public gardens. The property – part of Wheaton Regional Park – also has two conservatories and a horticultural reference library in its visitor center.


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Type:
Arts & Culture


Location:
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-962-1400


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Image of Flowera Photo By: Rawlings Conservatory

3 Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens has distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world.


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
3100 Swann Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21217
410-396-0008


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Sherwood Gardens Photo By: Sherwood Gardens

4 Sherwood Gardens - Baltimore City

Six fabulous acres of natural beauty. A great time to visit is late April when thousands of tulips bloom.


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
4100 Greenway St
Baltimore, MD 21212
410-785-0444


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Gardens of Dorchester Photo By: DorchesterHistory.com

5 Heritage Museums & Gardens of Dorchester

Three historic buildings with interactive exhibits about farm life, industry, timbering, water trades, hunting and trapping and Native Americans and families of the area. Group tours arranged.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
c/o Dorchester County Historical Society
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-7953


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Image of Flowers Photo By: HistoricLondonTown.com

6 Historic London Town and Gardens

Overlooking the South River, London Town was a 17th-century tobacco port, and today, only about a quarter of the town's original 100 acres remain. Within the historic area are the Colonial Kitchen Garden, African-American Foodways Garden and Richard Hill Medicinal Garden, which include herbs, heirloom flowers and vegetables, fruit trees and various crops. London Town also has the Woodland, Ornamental and Environmental gardens. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
410-222-1919


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Image of house and flowers Photo By: montgomeryparks.org

7 McCrillis Gardens

Donated to the Maryland-National Park Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1978 by William and Virginia McCrillis and managed by Brookside Gardens, McCrillis is known for its stellar shade gardens. The site has a pavilion and benches is home to the Brookside Garden School of Botanical Art and Illustration.


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
6910 Greentree Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
301-962-1400


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Image of William Paca House and Garden

8 William Paca House and Garden

Tour the colonial mansion of Declaration of Independence signer, William Paca, and walk through his luxurious two-acre colonial garden.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
186 Prince George St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-990-4543


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The AnnMarie Sculpture Garden features a wooded walking path that meanders past sculpture, including works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Photo By: AnnMarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, Solomons

9 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Art intersects nature at this Southern Maryland destination. The sculpture garden has a quarter-mile pathway winding through a collection of museum-quality sculpture – some of it on loan from the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Annmarie also has more than 500 hybrid azaleas. While you're here, be sure to inquire about the classes and exhibitions offered by the arts center.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
13480 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
410-326-4640


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With wine tastings, concerts, and a preserved slave cabin, there's always something to discover at Sotterley.

10 Sotterley Plantation

The garden at this tidewater manor (circa 1710) located on the banks of the Patuxent River was designed in 1910 in the form of an 18th-century garden. It includes vegetable and herb gardens, fruit and nut trees, and an array of flowering plants – all typical of a colonial garden.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
301-373-2280


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Stroll along a nature trail amid beautiful traditional and themed gardens that ornament the grounds at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. Photo By: Frank Walker

11 Cylburn Arboretum

 In 1954, the city established Cylburn Wildflower Preserve and Garden Center on the site of a successful 19th-century businessman's summer home. The 207-acre property, with its post-Civil War mansion and expanding collection of trees, was renamed in 1982. Volunteers have designed three miles of trails and various gardens to create a center for environmental education and horticulture. The annual Market Day, featuring plants and flowers for sale, seminars, arts and crafts, and a range of family activities, is the second Saturday in May.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-367-2217


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Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely Photo By: Adkins Arboretum

12 Adkins Arboretum

This 400-acre garden on the Eastern Shore has the Delmarva region's largest collection of native plants: 600 species of shrubs, trees, wildflowers and grasses. Visitors can walk along five miles of pathways through woods, meadows, streams, wetlands and gardens. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
12610 Eveland Rd
Ridgely, MD 21660
410-634-2847


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Image of Flowers Photo By: Homestead Gardens

13 Homestead Gardens

Stroll the landscaped grounds for design ideas, relax with gourmet coffees, visit with our llamas, or explore the garden center for the perfect item to complement your home.


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Type:
Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
743 West Central Ave
Annapolis, MD 21035
410-798-5000


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Image of Flowers Photo By: Lilypons Water Gardens

14 Lilypons Water Gardens

Waterlilies by the acre in production ponds and demonstration ponds attract visitors from around the globe.  Blooming season is mid-May to Mid-September.
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Featured Places
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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
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Location:
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
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Location:
3100 Swann Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21217
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Location:
4100 Greenway St
Baltimore, MD 21212
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Location:
c/o Dorchester County Historical Society
Cambridge, MD 21613
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Location:
839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
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Location:
6910 Greentree Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
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Location:
186 Prince George St
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Location:
13480 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
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Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
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Location:
4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209
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Location:
12610 Eveland Rd
Ridgely, MD 21660
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Location:
743 West Central Ave
Annapolis, MD 21035
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