Perennials, herbs, and topiaries abound at these gardens in the Old Line State!
Is there a more magical place on Earth than gardens? With their scenic views and pleasant aromas, gardens offer a peaceful retreat from the stresses of everyday life, not to mention the mental health benefits you get from going outside! If you're a Marylander in need of some Vitamin D, these five gardens are in bloom year-round but they're especially beautiful during the warmer months. Check out our picks below!
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Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens | Baltimore City
Address: 3100 Swann Dr.
Established over 130 years ago, Rawlings Conservatory is one of Baltimore's most iconic landmarks, and for good reason. The space within Druid Hill Park boasts five greenhouses that offer unique climates for the flowers to bloom. From Tropical florals to Desert plants, it's easy to lose oneself in their beauty! Not to mention its sprawling grounds make it a popular destination for wedding or graduation photos. Their hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. If you'd like to visit, you can reserve your tickets here.
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Historic London Town & Gardens | Edgewater
Address: 839 Londontown Rd.
This "lost" colonial town located in Anne Arundel County is a marvel for history buffs and botany lovers alike. Immerse yourself in 10 acres of beautiful woodland and ornamental gardens, as well as architectural wonders like the William Brown House. Kids can let their imagination flourish in a sound and sensory garden featuring playsets, musical instruments, and more—it's like something out of a storybook! Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 3. Before your visit, you can even see what's in bloom on their website! You can find out more here.
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Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center | Solomons
Address: 13470 Dowell Rd.
Described as "where art and nature meet," Annmarie Sculpture Garden is chock-full of visual splendors. Along a quarter-mile path, guests will encounter an enchanting array of flowers and art installations, including some on loan from the Hirshorn Museum. Visitors can also stop by the Arts Building for an additional art space and gift shop. There's always a fun exhibit or event happening at the garden, so be sure to check their calendar regularly! Admission is on a "pay-what-you-can" basis with a suggested donation of $5. You can view their hours here.
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Ladew Topiary Gardens | Harford County
Address: 3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Ladew Topiary Gardens is a crown jewel in Maryland and one of the nation's most prized gardens. And you can venture into the countryside to see it! Constructed by socialite Harvey S. Ladew in the 1930s, it features vibrant topiary scenes interwoven with themed gardens throughout the estate. Visitors can find roses and water lilies alongside an epic sculpture depicting a traditional fox hunt with men on horseback. On top of that, there's a mile-long Nature Walk and Butterfly House housing stunning native specimens. The property is open Thursday to Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can plan your visit here.
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William Paca House & Garden | Annapolis
Address: 186 Prince George St.
The 18th-century mansion built by former governor William Paca (he also signed the Declaration of Independence and wrote the Maryland State Constitution) also hosts a sumptuous garden. A Chesapeake Landing Garden with many "parterres," you'll find heirloom roses, a fish-shaped pond, and a summer house overlooking the garden—how fancy is that? For the avid gardeners out there, their annual Garden & Plant Sale offers over 8,000 plants to choose from. A green thumb's paradise! You can find out more here.
Have you visited any of these gardens before? Which one is your favorite? Share your recommendations with us in the comments.