Weekend Garden Events
The Baltimore Symphony Associates Designer Show House opens Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Check out the four gardens as well as the 22 rooms in the house.
Two groups that use Baltimore County’s Cromwell Valley Park as their base – the Cromwell Valley CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) and Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland (TALMAR) will hold a plant sale on Saturday and Sunday. CVCSA will be offering a selection of organic vegetable seedlings, while TALMAR will have annuals and perennials, as well as some unusual herbs (including chocolate basil). The sale is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days at the park’s Sherwood Barn. The park entrance is at 2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd. Information: 410-887-2503 or cromwellvalleypark.org.
Cylburn Arboretum celebrates its 42nd annual Cylburn Market day Saturday. A host of garden clubs, nurseries and other green thumbs will be selling all manner of plants, including some native tree species cultivated by the Baltimore City Forestry Board. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new 10,000-square-foot visitor’s center, the most visible of the $6 million in improvements that were unveiled at Cylburn’s grand re-opening last week. The arboretum is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 410-367-2217 or cylburnassociation.org.
The Baltimore African Violet Club will hold a show and sale at The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of African violets and other exotic house plants will be offered for sale. Experienced growers will be there to answer questions. Free. Call 301-854-2021 for more information.
The William Paca Garden plant sale will take place on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at the historic home in Annapolis. Volunteers raise hundreds of perennials, annuals, woody plants, and vines in the garden, both heirlooms and brand new introductions. Staff and volunteers are on hand to help you select the right plant for every corner of your garden. Enter at 1 Martin Street. To see the Plant Sale Catalogue, click here. Free admission.
The Brookside Gardens Chapter of the Azalea Society will hold an azalea sale Saturday from 1 .m. to noon at Tilden Middle School in Rockville. Free. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
It is National Public Gardens Day on Friday and the U.S. Botanic Gardens has an exhibit celebrating public gardens and their role in environmental stewardship. There will be free sunflower seed packets for visitors and a sneak peak at the Garden's new summer exhibit on potatoes: "Spuds Unearthed." Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn to plant a strawberry jar with fresh herbs at the U.S. National Arboretum Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. An excellent Mother's Day gift! Fee is $69 and covers plants and materials. Registration required. Call 202-245-4521.
Also at the Arboretum Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., learn how to plant a drought tolerant container garden, choosing from a wide mix of succulents. Fee of $45 includes plants and materials. egistration required. Call 202-245-4521.And Sunday at the Arboretum from 10 a.m. to noon, take mom on a curator-led tour of the Azalea Collection. Fee is $12. Registration is required. Call 202-245-4521.