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Many describe Baltimore's Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory to be a hidden gem in the city. When it was initially established in 1888 as the Druid Hill Conservatory, it merely offered the original Palm House and Orchid Room. Today the attraction offers three greenhouses, two display pavilions, and outdoor gardens.
The building that the conservatory is housed in is a spectacular sight. It is the second-oldest, steel framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States. Inside, there are displays of plants from all over the world with environments specially crafted for tropical, desert, and Mediterranean flora. Sundays are a great day to visit the Conservatory. Each week, the staff facilitates a Plants and People program offering special activities for visitors of all ages. There are demonstrations, rotating exhibits, and workshops.
Anyone interested in plants or victorian-era architecture will find that Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory is a great way to spend an hour. After a tour, consider taking advantage of the picnic facilities that are available in the outdoor garden. The conservatory is located in northwest Baltimore's historic Druid Hill Park. Admission is free but donations of $5 are accepted. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cover photo courtesy of Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory.