How Do Our Gardens Grow?

There's more to Spring in Maryland...

That’s a question the Maryland Visitor’s Bureau asks, as they point out there’s more to Spring in Maryland than “fertilizer and mulch, buds and bugs”.  They suggest it’s an ideal time to visit Maryland’s public gardens in search of inspiration for our own green thumbs or simply for relaxation after a long hard day of gardening in our own back yards.

Check out the list of Maryland Public Gardens, including these three located nearby in Anne Arundel County:
 

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Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden  
580 Taylor Ave., Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD

www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/tawesgarden.html

This award-winning five-acre garden represents geographic features from across the state, including everything from forested Western Maryland mountains to sandy Eastern Shore beaches.  It was created by and is named for the wife of a former governor, and its located on the property of the state office building that houses Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources.

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London Town House and Gardens  
839, Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

www.historiclondontown.com

Built in 1760, this one-time tavern and inn overlooks the South River.  Now it is a museum sounded by eight acres of woodland gardens.  The house itself is a National Historic Landmark and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21108

www.annapolis.org

William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and former Maryland Governor, built this Georgian mansion between 1763 and 1765.  The two-acre pleasure garden features a Chinese trellis bridge, domed pavilion and fish-shaped pond.  This site is within a National Historic District and is on the National Register of Historic Places.. 

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 Paca House

I might add that it’s a beautiful time of year to tour Historic Homes Outside the Gates of the Naval Academy, as well. 

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