Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Baltimore

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcomes all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Sherwood Gardens

4310 Underwood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218

Established in 1920, this free-admission garden showcases tulips (Apr-May) & other floral specimens.

Adkins Arboretum

12610 Eveland Rd, Ridgely, MD 21660

Because of its location on the Delmarva Peninsula, at the junction of the piedmont and the coastal plain where northern and southern plant life overlap, it includes diverse habitats that support more than 600 species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns.

Green Spring Gardens

4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312

Green Spring Gardens is a must-visit park, a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener.  It’s an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site.

U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave, Washington, DC 20002

​The grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Admission is free, and no tickets are needed.

Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

3100 Swan Dr, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217

The Rawlins Conservatory and Botanic Gardens have distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world—including plants from tropical, desert, and Mediterranean environments.

Cylburn Arboretum Association

4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209

A 200-acre urban oasis in Baltimore City, Cylburn is a place of natural beauty and learning with hundreds of specimen trees, plant collections, gorgeous gardens, wooded trails, and a historic mansion.

McCrillis Gardens

6910 Greentree Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

McCrillis Gardens is a naturalistic garden, offering shady woodland walks and splashes of color, especially in spring.  Tucked into a residential neighborhood in Bethesda, the five-acre property is managed by Brookside Gardens.

Bishop’s Garden

2112 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008

The Cathedral Close, the 59 acres surrounding the Cathedral, provide a beautiful sanctuary year-round. The grounds consist of cultivated gardens, including the Bishop’s Garden, the Olmsted Woods, an oak and beech forest, manicured lawns; a prayer path; and the landscaped grounds and athletic fields of the Cathedral schools.

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