GARDENS TO VISIT
Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), established the topiary gardens here. Twenty-two acres of award-winning gardens include 100 larger-than-life topiary farms and 15 garden “rooms.” Collection of English antiques and equestrian-themed art. House tours, nature walk, gift shop and historical display. Ladew’s ‘In the Garden’ series and spring lectures offer a variety of gardening-related talks.
Six fabulous acres of natural beauty. A great time to visit is late April when thousands of tulips are in bloom.
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, occurs on the second Saturday in May.
The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens has distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world.
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 features the Woodland, Ornamental and Environmental gardens.
Tour the colonial mansion of Declaration of Independence signer William Paca, and walk through his luxurious two-acre colonial garden.
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, and is home to the Brookside Garden School of Botanical Art and Illustration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family-owned lavender farms growing a variety of lavenders are located throughout Maryland. Lavender is perfect for distilling into essential oil, which may used in handmade, bath and body products. Find a lavender farm on this list.