"My family has been coming to Druid Hill Park for my entire life. We played sports there, attended fairs and family reunions, and enjoyed the great outdoors. I am honored that my father’s legacy is commemorated by the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory."


Renting Our Facility

The historic Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens is ideal for weddings, birthday parties, social functions, charity events, receptions and company meetings — whether you need an indoor or outdoor setting for your event. Contact us for availability, rates, and a tour of the facilities.


Each Sunday of the month is learning time at the Conservatory, where our popular Plants and People program offers something for children, adults, and families. Join us, for workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, and more! 

125th Anniversary

This year the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory reaches a remarkable milestone: the 125th anniversary of it’s opening in 1888. We look forward to bringing you exciting activities and events over the coming year that will celebrate the Conservatory’s past and keep its future blooming.

Explore the Conservatory

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens has distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world. The buildings create an appropriate environment for plants from tropical, desert, and Mediterranean environments. 


Come in and see why Margaret Stansbury was so inspired to write “Glass House of Dreams.” We have copies of the book for sale, as well as prints of photographs from the book and prints of historic postcards, all of which celebrate Baltimore’s Victorian glass palace. 

What’s in Bloom

Something is always in bloom at the Rawlings Conservatory! Flowers and fruiting plants change from week to week. The Orchid Room features an ever-changing display of exquisite forms and colors. The Tropical House smells sweet from prolific blossoms throughout the year.  

Donate to the Conservatory

We are proud to partner with the Baltimore City Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to enable you to make tax-deductible contributions to the Rawlings Conservatory. We rely on your support! Help us grow by making a donation.


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