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 educates with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening as well as the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers.
These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome 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.
4310 Underwood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218
Established in 1920, this free-admission garden showcases tulips (Apr-May) & other floral specimens.
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.
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.
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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