Visiting the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden
Originally designed as an orchid room and palm house in 1888, today the Rawlings Conservatory includes two display pavilions, three greenhouses and outdoor gardens. Located in Druid Hill Park section of Baltimore near the Maryland Zoo, the Conservatory boasts the distinction of being the second oldest steel framed-and-glass building in the United States that is still in use.
Special Features of the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden
- Tropical House, with native plants of parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, tropical islands and the Americas.
- Mediterranean House, with bay trees, rosemary, and other plants characteristic of this dry climate.
- Desert House, with wildflowers, succulents and shrubs like yuccas, creosote and Joshua trees.
- Outdoor Gardens, featuring a sundial created by Peter Hamilton and Waltersville Granite Company.
- Orchid Room, featuring 30,000 species and more than 100,000 registered hybrids.
- Palm House, a Victorian-inspired conservatory.
Tips for Visiting the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden
- Check out the What’s in Bloom section of the Conservatory website, where you’ll find a video depicting the month’s plants in bloom.
- Apparently, some mapping applications and GPS systems incorrectly identify the street address of the Conservatory. Use the GPS address: N39° 19.084’, W076° 38.778’.
- The Conservatory is wheelchair accessible and handicap parking is available near the front of the building.
- The Rawlings Conservatory offers several touring options, including field trips, private and group tours.
3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217 410-396-0008