Summer is a great time of year to visit public gardens Maryland. Any of these green oases – with ornamental, heirloom or native plants, topiary, outdoor sculpture and historical roots – can easily be the colorful centerpiece for a Maryland getaway.
Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
May 18-19, 2013
For the past twenty years, hundreds of garden enthusiasts have descended upon downtown Frederick for the chance to explore the elegant, whimsical and inventive gardens nestled behind the gates of private Frederick homes each spring.
A favorite of residents and visitors alike, the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour continues to grow in size and attendance. The annual tour has grown to draw over 800 visitors annually and has raised thousands of dollars for local garden clubs and multiple beautification projects around Frederick.
In addition to the the stunning landscapes, visitors are also treated to live musicians and plein air artists in many of the gardens, as well as a charming Hospitality Center where guests are invited to refresh themselves during the tour.
Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace, sponsored by the Gardens de Grace Club
May 18, 2013, noon until 5 p.m.
This tour features private gardens in Havre de Grace. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Local vendors, crafters, artists, exhibitors and sponsors will also be at the pavilion of the Museum from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (great door prizes too). New this year, a Container Garden Competition. For contest info/entry form - contact C. Colburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-939-5706. For vendor info - contact C. Leffler at email@example.com or 410-652-9757 or www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org. 410-939-4800. $ Advanced donation ticket and day of event ticket available.
Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 24-26, 2013
In response to British Parliament’s closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland met in May of 1774 and set forth “Resolves” forbidding importing, selling, or consuming tea in Chestertown. According to local legend, residents then gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, which was anchored in the Chester River, and tossed her cargo of tea overboard. The annual reenactment of that event is the centerpiece of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival.
Soft Shell Spring Fair
May 26, 2013
12 noon – 5 pm at the City Dock, fresh local seafood, arts & crafts, Waterman’s Hall of Fame Awards, Live Entertainment, Free Admission.
Crafts, flea market, games, hay wagon rides, food, baked goods, strawberries, shortcake, entertainment.
Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company grounds
June 1, 2013
Strawberry Festival celebrates the rural heritage we interpret by featuring crafts, animals, live music, fresh food, and great camaraderie. Join Plein Air Olney for their paint out, show and wet art sale on the day of the festival.
Sandy Spring Museum
County Crafts Guild Spring Arts & Crafts Show
March 30, 2013
Crafts, folk art, needlework, jewelry, decorative clothing, home furnishings, miniatures, carvings, soaps, pottery, doll clothes and photography.
Spring Fling Market and Craft Show
March 23, 2013
Seventy-five vendors, juried crafts, gourmet foods, baked goods, plants, breakfast and lunch served.
Somerset County Garden Club's 48th Annual Daffodil Show
April 06, 2013 Sat, 1-5pm.
This national award-winning show features hundred of daffodils in a beautiful historic setting.
St. Andrews Parish House
11736 Mansion St
Princess Anne, Maryland
Native Plant Nursery Sale
April 13-14, 2013
Prepare for spring in the garden! The region’s largest selection of ornamental native plants will be for sale, including a broad selection of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. Ornamental native flowers and trees make colorful additions to home landscapes and provide food and habitat for wildlife. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions, and Arboretum docents will be on hand to lead guided walks. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and introduces the public to the beauty and benefit of gardening with native plants
Herbs Herbs Herbs!
April 20, 2013
Herbal learning day, plant sales, taste treats. Sinking Springs Herb Farm
843 Elk Forest Rd
Elkton, Maryland 21921
April 26-28, 2013
Live entertainment, classic car show, carnival & games, block party, food, shopping, children's activities, arts & crafts show, craft beer tasting and much more.
Downtown and Riverwalk Park
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
April 27, 2013
Features talks, demos, workshops, art exhibitions, musical performances, vendors, hands-on activities for kids and more.
Montpelier Mansion and Art Center
Prince George's County
Spring Craft Festival/Tractor Pull
April 27-28, 2013
Handmade crafts, children's activities; food available and free parking and admission to craft show only.
Anne Arundel County
May 1, 2013
Downtown Annapolis residents and merchants welcome spring by decorating their doorways with baskets of blooming flowers. Some 20 volunteers from the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne judge the entries and invite winners to join them at an annual Garden Club Tea.
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
May 2-6, 2013
Springfest celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season. It is four dynamic days of delicious food, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts under four huge big top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.
Springfest serves up a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages. Admission to the four day event is free! All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts.
Southern Maryland Spring Festival
May 2-5, 2013
You don't want to miss the annual Southern Maryland Spring festival!
St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, St. Mary's County
May 3-4, 2013
The festival features 100+ vendors selling flowers, garden accessories and unique gifts just in time for Mother’s Day. Plus FlowerMart attracts non-profit organizations who want to publicize their missions. Wellness vendors, government vendors and Archdiocese schools round out the mix.
Garden Festival at Ladew
May 4, 2013
Join us at Ladew to shop from an exclusive collection of vendors featuring hard to find perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties plus decorative furniture, urns, statuary and other architectural treasures. Honorary Chair, Carolyne Roehm, will lecture.
Towsontown Spring Festival
May 4-5, 2013
The Towsontown Spring Festival is the largest outdoor festival in Maryland and one of the largest on the east coast. Approximately 250,000 visitors attend the two day event with more than 450 vendors to satisfy the appetites of the patrons. In addition there are four entertainment stages.
Towson, Baltimore County
Cylburn Market Day
May 11, 2013
We’ll have lots of plants and vegetables to fill your garden. There will be a wide variety of annuals and perennials, native plants, vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and more rare hard to find plants. Many of the plants for sale are grown on-site by associated groups or garden clubs while others come from nearby specialty growers and area non-profits.
4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21209
May 11, 2013
The Arts Walks are self-guided walking tours that feature opening receptions and exhibitions at downtown art galleries, museum displays, literary and dance performances, live music and theatre, shopping at a variety of retail destinations, and dining at some of the area's finest restaurants. The evening also includes "hands-on" children's activities on board the Allegany Arts Council's Arts Bus.
Somerset Strawberry Festival
May 10-11, 2013
Join us for the Somerset Strawberry Festival in Marion Station, Maryland - “The Strawberry Capital of the World.” We’re looking forward to an action packed day full of delicious food, great entertainment, exciting exhibits and of course - lots of delicious strawberries!
Marion Station Somerset County
William Paca Plant Sale
May 12-13, 2013
Take a piece of the William Paca Garden home with you. Garden volunteers raise hundreds of perennials, annuals, woody plants, and vines in the garden, both heirlooms and brand new introductions. Staff and volunteers are on hand to help you select the right plant for every corner of your garden. A perfect outing for Mother’s Day!
Anne Arundel County
Summerseat Plant Sale
May 11, 2013
Annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs, shrubs, kids' fun, educational exhibits, food, crafts, gardens, farm animals, buffalo, house tours, 18th-century farm setting.
St. Mary's County
Colonial Highland Gathering
May 18, 2013
Fair Hill Racetrack and Fairgrounds