If you’re buying a home in Baltimore County or Howard County, you already know that the area is beautiful – but there are a number of can’t-miss gardens all over the state that you may want to squeeze into your weekend schedule this spring.
Must-See Gardens in Maryland This Spring
The best gardens in Maryland include:
- Sherwood Gardens (Baltimore)
- Brookside Gardens (Wheaton)
- Ladew Topiary Gardens (Monkton)
- McCrillis Gardens (Bethesda)
- William Paca House and Gardens (Annapolis)
Here’s a closer look at each.
Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore
Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore has been a community attraction since 1907, and it’s been voted the Best Urban Garden by Baltimore Magazine. The park is open 365 days a year, but the spring is a spectacular time to visit. Admission is always free, though the park depends on donations to keep running. Hyacinths typically bloom by the middle of March, and peak tulip bloom usually occurs the last week of April through the first week of May, though weather conditions can push those dates in either direction.
Pro Tip: Leashed dogs are allowed to visit Sherwood Gardens, but during peak tulip bloom, it may be a good idea to leave your four-legged family members at home; there are tons of people visiting the park, which can be stressful for dogs.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
Brookside Gardens is packed with amazing collection of plants – even during winter, when early flowers like Lenten rose, snowdrops and witchhazel are in bloom. In March, you can see Anemones, Cornelian cherry, crocus, Japanese andromeda, rhododendrons and sweetbox, and in April, daffodils, dogwood, magnolias and tulips are blooming. Brookside Gardens also features a fabulous butterfly exhibit called “Wings of Fancy,” and though it’s going to be closed during the 2022 season, you can see it in the future.
Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton
Ladew Topiary Gardens features more than 100 beautifully maintained topiaries that you can see all year. It opens for the spring season on April 1 (and only remains open until October 1), and admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for students, and $4 for kids from 2 to 12 years old. Children under 2 are free.
McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda
McCrillis House and Gardens is a naturalistic garden that features beautifully shaded strolls under the canopy of trees. You’ll find beautiful flowers growing everywhere you look, and you can rest in the pavilion to enjoy the view of Bethesda’s “secret gardlen.” There’s no on-site parking, though, so you’ll have to park across the street on Renshaw Drive or at Woods Academy.
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William Paca House and Gardens in Annapolis
William Paca House and Gardens are two must-see spots right next to each other on two acres in the middle of Annapolis’ Historic District. Enclosed by brick walls, a series of terraces let you overlook spectacular greenery and flowers. Check out the rose, flower, holly and boxwood parterres while you’re there – and bring your camera, because the symmetrical design of the gardens is pristine.
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