Oh Those Maryland Gardens!

Oct 12, 2018 09:30am -
Oct 12, 2018 05:00pm
Annapolis, Maryland

Event Description

Region II Regional Meeting |  Annapolis, MD
Oh Those Maryland Gardens!
Friday, October 12 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

In order to complete the day’s activities, we will need to meet promptly at 9:30am. Directions to the private home to be given closer to the event. They are NOT open to the public and rarely show this prized gem of a landscape. Coffee and pastries will be served at 9:15am with the tour starting promptly at 9:30am. The homeowners are NOT open to earlier arrival and carpooling is encouraged.


9:30am - 11:00am​

Dovesnest is ​the home of Tony and Della Dove. New York Times Award winning author and highly acclaimed horticulturist. Mr. Dove came to this property in 1959, so today the pines are more than 50 feet tall and some of the Dawn redwoods are more than 100 feet tall. The wooded trails in this “mini arboretum” lead through a magnificent collection that includes rare and mature specimens of Stewartia, Magnolia, Franklinia, Yellowwood, and assorted conifers including Atlas Cedar. Rhododendrons stretch over 15 feet in the air under canopies of sycamores and pines. The trails meander through the collections of azaleas, rhododendrons, rare ferns, wildflowers, peonies, palms and camellias. A parade of hellebores, conifers and flowering trees leads to a bucolic pond populated with bald cypress trees and accompanying cypress knees that reach a foot or more in height. From there, a stream wends its way through other large specimens of Bald Cypress and Dawn redwoods. Dovesnest is a horticultural wonderland for every season.

11:15am - 12:30pm​

Homestead Gardens, Annapolis Garden Center situated in a lovely setting that offers the finest in garden products with 2 locations serving the Annapolis are. They are huge supporters of Garden Writers and are offering us a space for our lunch and business meeting. We will pause here as well for our photo opportunity…and shopping, of course. A wonderful luncheon will be served at this time. 

12:45pm - 2:00pm​

Historic Londontown
839 Londontown, Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Historic London Town and Gardens where discovery and learning are daily experiences. The 23-acre museum and park features history, archaeology, and horticulture. Explore the Historic Area, which includes the circa 1760 William Brown House, a National Historic Landmark, and reconstructed colonial buildings from the "lost town" of London. Wander the eight-acre Woodland Garden of native plants and exotic species arranged along a one-mile trail before enjoying the seasonal Ornamental Gardens overlooking the South River. These grounds and gardens have also been touched by the hands of Tony Dove. It is certainly a wonderful place to wander and enjoy. I am pleased to announce that the entrance fee has been waived for our visit. I want to be sure that we seize this opportunity to visit, write, and use the power of our words to bring attention to this historic site.

2:30pm - 4:30+/-pm

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater, Md 21037
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems—where the land meets the sea—to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet. How fortunate we are to have an entity like this in our own backyard. 25 miles from our Nations Capital, SERC offers 2,650 acres of forests, wetlands, marches and 15 miles of protected shoreline.

We will have a talk by Tony Dove and Tom Jordan as they share some of the exciting work taking place on the premises. SERC will shuttle us to various parts of the property in vans to make better use of our time which will enable us to see all that they offer. Our plan is to explore the ruins,  meadow, and rain garden. Can you imagine the fall colors we will see?!

Optional Meeting | October 13th | 11:00AM
Must be registered for October 12th to attend Glenstone. GWA Members Only Event

There have been many special requests to coordinate a visit to a particular Maryland site that encompasses art, architecture and landscapes, of course.

Paul Tukey has invited us to see and share the beauty of Glenstone in beautiful Potomac, Maryland. When we say #ohthosemarylandgardens, Glenstone adds a certain modern flair to entertain our senses. Offering over 100 aces of paths, trails, streams, meadows, forests and art, this sustainable landscape is certainly a jewel in the crown of landscaping in Maryland.

We will meet at Glenstone at 11:00AM where GWA Member Paul Tukey will share this Maryland Jewel. We will have lunch on our own and have the opportunity to explore the Pavilions, slated to open October 4th, 2018.

Can't make this regional meeting? We will be revisiting Glenstone in early 2019.

Won’t you join us for an extended weekend celebrating #ohthosemarylandgardens?

Event Type:Social
Category:Regional Meeting
Early registration ends on Sep 15, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Sep 16, 2018 and ends on Sep 29, 2018.
Late registration starts on Sep 30, 2018.