The tulips at Baltimore's Sherwood Gardens
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Jerry Jackson
The tulips are fading fast at Baltimore's renowned Sherwood Gardens, but Sun photographer Jerry Jackson has captured them forever in his beautiful photo gallery.
Not to worry. The 80,000 tulips planted there keep on giving. Bring a shovel -- and a bag -- to the Guilford neighborhood garden on Saturday May 28 and help volunteers dig up the bulbs. You can buy as many as you like for a 30 cents a bulb. The dig starts at 7 a.m.
During the 1800s the property on which the Sherwood Gardens is located was part of the Guilford estate of A. S. Abell, founder of The Baltimore Sun. The site of the gardens was a pond, which was filled in when the area was developed for housing in 1912.
Sherwood Gardens was created in the 1920's by John W. Sherwood, local petroleum pioneer and conservationist. Begun as a hobby, and planted by Mr. Sherwood with tulips that he imported from the Netherlands, the gardens have become known as the most famous tulip garden in North America.