Spring is almost here and there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the season than by experiencing the various blooms featured in and around Baltimore. Treat the whole family to a day full of spring sunshine, warm temperatures, and gorgeous florals. The Baltimore area has no shortage of venues perfect for this type of activity.
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory And Botanical Gardens
3100 Swann Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21217
This spectacular venue has been around since 1888. What started with two rooms has grown into something much larger. The Conservatory boasts three greenhouses, two pavilions and numerous outdoor garden areas. The variety of plants within the walls of this establishment is astounding. Explore the desert house, Mediterranean house, palm house and tropical house to get your fill of exotic plant life. Inside, the orchid room houses some of the most popular varieties of this stunning plant species. During the warmer months the outdoor garden areas not only provide scenic blooms, but are also the site of a historic sundial that was gifted to the city of Baltimore in 1890.
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1800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, Md. 2090
Brookside Gardens offers both outdoor and indoor activities. With greenhouses full of exotic plants, ponds, walking trails and even a kid friendly gardening area, this is a place sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. The gardens host different events throughout the year and can also be rented for private parties, weddings and meetings. In addition to housing an endless variety of flowers and plants, the garden center also has an impressive gift shop and visitor’s center full of information pertaining to classes, events and gardening-related topics. Children and adult classes are offered throughout the year.
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21209
The impressive Cylburn Mansion was originally built in 1863 to serve as a summer residence for the Tyson family. The wildflower preserve and garden center was then founded in 1954. A variety of gardens including butterfly rose, and vegetable gardens are available for viewing. Guided tours and ground rentals for weddings and events are also available. Clyburn also offers over two miles of wooded walking trails where trees, plants, and wildlife can be seen as nature intended. Story times for children, classes, workshops and other events are offered throughout the year.
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Baltimore, Md. 21218
Although Sherwood Gardens is technically a residential community, there are no gates or fences and visitors are encouraged to explore their prized tulip fields. Originally a pond, the area was converted to land suitable for building 1912. By 1920 tulips were planted, and to this day more than 80,000 tulips are planted each year. The gardens span over six acres with a variety of other trees and plants dating back to the 18th century. Come visit what has become the most famous of its kind in North America.
1400 Greenspring Valley Road
Baltimore, Md. 21153
Gramercy is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. The Bed and Breakfast and Carriage House offers old world romance with a flair for modern comfort. The mansion is home to elegantly landscaped gardens offering gorgeous floral views of the grounds. While the mansion is the perfect location for a wedding or party, it is also the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway to relax in the comfort of garden surroundings. Check the website for rates and photos.
Jillian Amodio is an author, writer and public speaker.There is nothing she enjoys more than being a stay at home mom. In addition to having recently published her first novel, Jillian also writes for her local Pasadena newspaper and on Examiner.com.