Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Garden Spots

To be a list of public gardens and garden-like areas in the region and garden resources. (To go to the main blog page, click on the blog title at the top of this page.)

~~Around Columbia and Howard County, Maryland~~

Howard County Bird Club
Howard County Conservancy
Howard County Master Gardeners -- University of Maryland extension program
Oakland Manor, Columbia Town Center -- The preserved manor house serves as our community center, so scenic in the middle of its hilltop garden.
Robinson Foundation and Robinson Nature Center
Symphony Woods, Columbia Town Center -- The plans look great, but try to see this lovely wooded park before they develop it.
Whipps Garden Cemetery, Ellicott City

Near Oakland Manor and Symphony Woods: The paths around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake provide for long strolls or jogs through garden spots and wooded areas. The office building designed by Frank Gehry earlier in his career overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi (or just "the Lake") looks like Columbia's answer to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Commercial Establishments: River Hill Garden Center ... Sun Nurseries


~~The Greater Baltimore-Washington, DC, Area and Maryland~~

Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County
Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore
Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Baltimore
Smithsonian Gardens -- gardens of the Smithsonian Institute around the National Mall
United States Botanic Garden -- on the National Mall, near the Capitol
United States National Arboretum


~~Further Afield~~

Asheville, North Carolina:
Biltmore
Botanical Gardens at Asheville -- native plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
North Carolina Arboretum
WhiteGate Inn -- just a personal favorite among Asheville's many attractive lodging options. The WhiteGate's garden is an inspiration and education in itself.


~~OTHER RESOURCES~~

Home and Garden Information Center -- University of Maryland extension program
USDA PLANTS Database


I hope to include links to upstate New York garden spots eventually. Until then, the upstate NY label at the bottom of this post will take you to relevant photos and links. The Asheville label also features photos.