May 5  – 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 10 Market Day Preview Party – details to come

May 11 – Market Day 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. Preview party on Friday May 10!

May 12 – 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.

May 16 – Cocktails at the Conservatory 6:30 – 8:30, Come taste unique and expertly mixed cocktails by area master mixologists, 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 Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory event to toast the Conservatory and help support and preserve this gem of Baltimore for future generations! Click link above for more info and ticket sales. 

May 19 – 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.

May 23 – Community 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.

May 26 – 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.


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