Spring is the best time to visit Maryland's public gardens. Here is a list of public gardens in Maryland we think you will love; and check out the events below.
1 Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour - Downtown Frederick
New Date:June 13-14, 2020
Take a walking tour of private gardens and public buildings in this lovely village composed of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century structures.The tour will inspire you to be creative in your garden.
2 Spring Plant Sale at Historic London Town, Edgewater
Our annual plant sale returns, featuring an emphasis on plants Plants hardy to zone 7a and 7b found in London Town’s horticultural collections. 80% of the stock is exotic plants that are of high botanical and ornamental value, plus a few natives too. Members and volunteers receive a 10% discount on plants all weekend.
3 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage - Multiple Locations
April -May 2021
For every person who has wanted to peek into the old house at the end of a lane, now is the time. Generous property owners in four counties ( Prince George's, Dorchester, Talbot, Calvert) will open their historic sites to the public for four weekends in April and May during the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP), an annual tradition since 1937.
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4 Spring Herb Festival & Plant Sale - Severn
Celebrate Spring at Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Enjoy the wonderful attributes of herbs and start your spring gardening. Anise hyssop is the herb of the year. They will have samples of teas and bite-size treats made with the farm's seasoning blend plus informative demos and food vendors.
5 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts - Laurel
Celebrate spring at this whimsical festival. Hear live music, stroll among vendors of fine arts, handmade items and more, and see a variety of art exhibits. At this all-day festival, there's never a shortage of things to do.
6 Sotterley Plantation Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange - Hollywood, St. Mary's County
Celebrating the Annual Plant Sale. The nurturing volunteers of the Sotterley Garden Guild are responsible for the care and maintenance of Sotterley’s exquisite Colonial Revival Garden. All proceeds will support the upkeep of Sotterley’s gardens and grounds. The Free Plant Exchange gives gardeners the opportunity to bring their plants and exchange for other annuals, perennials and herbs.
7 St. Paul's Flower Fair - Cambridge
Open Air Market selling flowers, bedding plants, crab cakes and oyster sandwiches.
8 May Day in Annapolis
May 1, 2021
This now-iconic event began in 1956 as a Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne beautification project. Starting on May 1, stroll past dwellings and businesses in the Historic District of Maryland’s capital to see doors adorned with baskets brimming with fresh flowers and colorful ribbons.
9 FlowerMart - Baltimore
Traditional rite of spring festival in Baltimore's historic Mt. Vernon featuring more than 150 vendors, contests, entertainment, kid's area and fabulous food!
10 Garden Festival at Ladew Gardens - Monkton
Garden Festival at Ladew Gardens is the most anticipated specialty plant, antiques and garden ornament sale in the region, featuring more than 45 unique vendors from throughout the Eastern Seaboard.
11 Cylburn Market Day - Baltimore
Scoop-up a wide variety of annuals, perennials, native plants, veggies and herbs, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and exotics. Many plants are grown on-site at Cylburn while others come from specialty growers.
12 May Day at Historic St. Mary's City
Welcome the arrival of spring with the colonists in Historic St. Mary's City! Celebrate with the Maypole, play games, or try your hand at arts and crafts.
13 Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace
The Gardens de Grace Club organizes a remarkable tour of Havre de Grace's exquisite gardens every May. On Saturday and Sunday, you can walk through the most beautiful private gardens in this charming town. The "Gardens Along the Chesapeake" Tour coincides with the Annual Garden Mart and Native Plant Sale at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum.
14 Dogwood Festival of Galena
Main Street of Galena
The festival kicks off with the Dogwood Dart 5K. Join the fun at Dogwood Plaza and Galena Park with its crafts, games at the kids' corner, kids' bounce house, beautiful baby contest, live music and beer garden. There will be great Maryland food including crab cakes, soft shell crabs, shrimp and BBQ. The Sassafras River Business Council will be hosting a car show ($10.00 entry fee.) Admission to the festival and parking is free.
15 Lavender Farms - Multiple Locations
Spring - Summer
Maryland's family-owned lavender farms are not only beautiful and fragrant, they are serene.
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