The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore is a beautiful and unique oasis in the heart of Baltimore City. The Conservatory is home to a variety of plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs from around the world. The Conservatory also features a variety of interactive exhibits, educational programs, and special events. Visitors can explore the many gardens and greenhouses, take in the sights and sounds of the city, and learn more about the history and culture of the area. The Conservatory is open to the public year-round and is a great place to spend a day or an afternoon. Some of the highlights of the Conservatory include the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, the Orchid House, and the Desert House. There are also several outdoor gardens, including the Butterfly Garden, the Rock Garden, and the Chinese Garden. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of events and activities, such as guided tours, plant sales, and special educational programs. The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore is a great place to explore and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore

Coordinates: 39°19’7″ N 76°38′46″W / 39.31861°N 76.64611°W / 39.31861; -76.64611

Front view of Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park

The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Baltimore Botanical Gardensoften known as Baltimore City Conservatoryit’s a history conservatory / greenhouse and Botanical Garden located in Druid Hill Park at 3100 Swann Drive in the northwest area of baltimoreMaryland.

It was designed by George A Frederick (1842-1924), who was the architect of the baltimore town hall (1867–1875) and semi-official municipal architect of Baltimore in the late 19th century.

The new conservatory opened to the public on August 26, 1888, 28 years after the largest park in the city. with a major renovation in the early 2000s that added two new wing pavilions. It now contains five distinct areas: the 1888 Palm House, the Orchid Room, the Mediterranean House, the Tropical House and the Desert House. The approximately 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) of land within Druid Hill Park feature 35 flower beds.

The Rawlings Conservatory is in the National Register of Historic Places (saved by National Park Service of United States Department of the Interior), the Maryland Historic Properties Inventory (maintained by the Maryland Historical Background), and it is a Baltimore city landmark.

It is the second oldest surviving public glass conservatory in the United States, after the flower conservatory.

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  • J. Dorsey and JD Dilts, A Guide to Baltimore Architecture (Third Edition), Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, MD (1997), p. 299.

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