May 2020


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.

Also on May 3 – Floral Design Workshop with Everyday Rosé, 2 – 3:30 p.m., price TBD. Join us for a floral workshop and fundraiser to benefit the Rawlings Conservatory. All materials will be provided – vase, foliage, flowers, and use of floral shears to create your own arrangement to take home! Light refreshments will be provided. 

May 9 – 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 21 – 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! Link to RSVP form coming soon!

May 23 – Baltimore Herb Festival – for the first time in many years, the Rawlings Conservatory and Cylburn Arboretum WILL NOT be participating in Herb Fest. We will miss seeing all the familiar faces! Please stop by Market Day on May 9 to pick up your annual stash of spring flowering bulbs. 

May 23 – 24 – Traffic Advisory – heavy traffic is expected due to events at the Zoo. Check our Facebook page for updates. 

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. 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 31 – Plants 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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