FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—OCTOBER 4, 2011)
Enjoy the gardens of two Baltimore landmarks when Adkins Arboretum offers a bus trip to Cylburn Arboretum and Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory on Wed., Oct. 26.
Located in an estate setting within the city limits of Baltimore, Cylburn Arboretum is a 207-acre public garden and nature preserve. Collections of trees, flowers and a large variety of gardens are showcased amid rolling green lawn surrounding a Victorian mansion. Spectacular walking trails wind through a piedmont forest containing rare trees, native plants and wildflowers.
Following a morning tour of Cylburn, visitors will enjoy a seasonal soup and salad, prepared by Atwater’s, in the Cylburn mansion, a Renaissance Revival-style home designed in the 1860s by George Frederick, architect of Baltimore’s city hall. Constructed of gneiss from the local Bare Hills quarry, the mansion is surrounded by 15 strikingly impressive tree and shrub collections. Participants will also visit the LEED-certified Vollmer Visitor Center.
After lunch, the group will travel to Druid Hill Park for a guided tour of the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory, described by Frederick Rasmussen of the Baltimore Sun as “that wonderful whimsical-looking building from the age of Queen Victoria...a brilliant symphony of curved glass and light.” The Conservatory features year-round displays of plant material in five distinct areas of the facility.
The bus will depart Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The fee of $85 for members and $105 for the general public includes bus transportation, lunch, and a guided tour of the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory. Registration is required by Mon., Oct. 17. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.
Photo of Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory by Donna Stupski.