May 3 - 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.  

May 9 -  Market Day at Cylburn Arboretum, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. free admission, free-$10 parking.  Bulbs from the Conservatory’s spring flower display, annuals and perennials, native plants, and vegetables – there is something for everyone! Find gorgeous hanging baskets, herbs, trees, shrubs, rare and native plants for sale. Many of the plants are grown on-site by the Cylburn Arboretum Association, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks and UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners while others come from area garden clubs, specialty growers and non-profits.

May 10 -  Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Exploration Station.” Elementary-aged children and youth experience fun and educational hands-on gardening with a project to take home. Theme: Animal & Plant Connections.  

May 14Cocktails at the Conservatory, 6:30 – 8:30, Come taste unique and expertly mixed cocktails by Rye Fells Point, created to showcase plants and flowers that can be found in the Conservatory’s collections. Sip beverages inspired by the Conservatory, and ask the mixologists how to incorporate botanicals into drinks at home. Join us for this Baltimore Conservatory Association event to toast the Conservatory and help support and preserve this gem of Baltimore for future generations! Click link above for more info. Online ticket sales are now live! 

May 16 – Extending the Enjoyment of Flowers demonstration with Federated Garden Clubs of MD10 – 11 a.m. You are invited to attend this demonstration and learn how to preserve some of the flowers you grow. Preservation methods will include drying, hanging, pressing, microwaving and even waxing! Take the ideas and instructions home with you and enjoy extending the life of your flowers. This free demonstration is presented by Joyce Stone, noted Floral Preservationist and Marilyn Potter, National Accredited Flower Show Judge.

May 17Plants 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 followed by story time. Story hour begins at 2:30, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Theme: Animal & Plant Connections. 

May 23 - Baltimore Herb Festival, 9:30 a.m – 3 p.m., in Leakin Park, off of Windsor Mill Road. Admission is $7 for adults, children 12 and under free. Parking is free. Baltimore City Department of Recreation of Parks, Horticulture Division, is usually in attendance selling bulbs from the Conservatory’s spring flower display as well as vegetable seedlings and lush hanging baskets. Check back for updates and more information! 

May 24  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.  Theme: Animal & Plant Connections. 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. 
May 27Community Gardening Volunteer Day, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Help plant the gardens around the Conservatory. We will be doing a large planting activity to get our beds ready for the season. We need help planting and mulching the beds. We also need a few people to help grill lunch for the group. We will be forming teams, and each team will have a leader to help get the beds planted according to plan and provide training.  All are welcome! Please RSVP. Sign up here.
May 31Plants and People Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., “Free Guided Tours of the Conservatory.” Admission donations are still greatly appreciated. Bring your curious minds to learn about worldwide plant ecosystems for a virtual trip around the world and through history! Learn about the Victorian-era glass house, while exploring plants from tropical, Mediterranean, and desert biomes. Join us for an in-depth look at our collection of plants, and experience first-hand their connections and contributions to the food, medicines, and economic vitality of our Earth. Don’t miss out – free guided tours happen only four times a year!

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