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! 

The Conservatory is open Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

October 2019

October 5 – Doors Open Baltimore, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places on a self-guided adventure! Free admission to over 50 buildings. Rain or shine. The Conservatory is participating in this celebration and exploration of Baltimore’s architecture. Organized by the American Institute of Architects, and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. 

October 6  – Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Ask a Master Gardener.” Find out how to keep your plants happy and thriving. A Master Gardener from the University of Maryland Extension Service will be on site to answer all of your gardening questions. Free, though a $5 per person donation is encouraged.

October 13 – Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Exploration Station.” Elementary-aged children and youth experience fun and educational hands-on horticulture activities. Free, though a $5 per person donation is encouraged.

October 18 – 27 – Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Mondays & Tuesdays. The plants, many of which live in nutrient-poor soil, like in bogs and mossy cloud forests, have adapted to attract, trap, and kill prey to absorb nutrients. View the wide variety of trap shapes and colors, and features such as sticky surfaces, digestive enzymes, and hairs that trigger movement. Specimen plants will be on display in the Orchid Room. Admission is free. We appreciate donations, and recommend $5 per person. We will have a selection of carnivorous plants for sale for the duration of the show. 

October 19 – special events at the Carnivorous Plant display. Join us for a talk, workshop, and special sales with the Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society!

Special carnivorous plant sale (from MACPS members’ collections) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Talk & demo, 1 – 1:30 p.m., free – overview of carnivorous plants, their unusual adaptations, and some guidelines on how to take care of these fascinating, beautiful plants. They will also demonstrate how to build your own carnivorous plant terrarium. 
Terarrium-building workshop, 1:30 p.m., $40 –  Learn how to build a terrarium! Take home a completed terrarium, made with a 6 inch glass bowl, venus flytrap, sundew (D. spatulata), and pitcher plant (S. purpurea). All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required (deadline October 11). $40 per person.


October 20 – Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Sprouts.” Introduce your pre-k and early elementary-aged children to the world of plants with a craft activity. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, though a $5 per person donation is encouraged.

October 26 – Park n’ Pumpkin Festival, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Conservatory grounds. Join Baltimore City Recreation and Parks  for this year’s Park N’ Pumpkin! Attendees are in for a treat as they enjoy a festive fall and Halloween-themed event. Enjoy face-painting, fortunetelling, arts and crafts, spooky storytelling and more!

October 27 – Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Science Demonstration.” Join Dr. Alan Stone for demonstrations and items on display. Explore the interconnections between plants, science, and even engineering. Explore the science behind the plants with Dr. Stone! Bring your curiosity to the conservatory, and discover the interconnection between plants and people in our everyday world.

Also October 27 – Carnivorous Plant Display closing day (please see above). 


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