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Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants at The Rawlings Conservatory


From now until October 27, stop by The Rawlings Conservatory to discover the Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants. Open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The plants, many of which live in nutrient-poor soil, like in bogs and mossy cloud forests, have adapted to attract, trap, and kill prey to absorb nutrients. View the wide variety of trap shapes and colors, and features such as sticky surfaces, digestive enzymes, and hairs that trigger movement. Specimen plants will be on display in the Orchid Room. Admission is free. A $5 per person donation is recommended and appreciated. A limited number of carnivorous plants will be for sale during the duration of the show.

Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Baltimore’s Rawlings Conservatory on Friday, Dec 7

Conservatory Holiday Party
2018 Poinsettia Display at Rawlings Conservatory. Photo Credit: Glen Mendels 2018

To honor the 130th anniversary of the historic Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, the Friends of Rawlings Conservatory, in partnership with the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation, will host an exclusive cocktail party in the Conservatory on Friday, December 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Themed as “A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace,” the event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz. The evening also coincides with the Conservatory’s annual holiday poinsettia display, which will showcase a spectacular variety of that signature holiday flower, complete with a grand decorated tree. Tickets to this event are available for a minimum donation of $75.00 per person and can be purchased here – http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org/130th-birthday-party/. Funds raised by the event will help support to support public activities at this historic site.

City-Zen: Meet Toni – Lover of Elephant Sculptures (and Bacon)



Welcome to City-Zen: Real Conversations with Real Baltimoreans, a question and answer series with locals sharing their thoughts on issues that are top-of-mind to many.  Whether just starting out, raising a family, struggling to get by, or at the top of your game, we all have something in common.  It’s easier to communicate once we understand the perspective of others. 

Seersucker & Sundresses – Croquet, Music, and a Picnic for the Entire Family – Get Tickets Today!



The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Baltimore Conservatory Association are partnering with the Baltimore Croquet Club to host the third annual SEERSUCKER & SUNDRESSES GARDEN PARTY on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3 pm to 7 pm (rain or shine) at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in historic Druid Hill Park.

The Garden Party will feature live music, light picnic fare, croquet on the lawn, and the opportunity to enjoy the Conservatory’s gardens and exhibits. The Baltimore Croquet Club will provide equipment and instructors, and organize games for guests to play.

TICKET PRICES: Adults $35; Children (12 & under) $10; Family (up to 2 adults) $70. Click Here to purchase tickets now!

Event Sponsors include the City of Baltimore, the Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore Conservatory Association, Friends of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Croquet Club, and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the historic Rawlings Conservatoty — Baltimore’s home to rare plant collections from around the world.

For more information, visit www.rawlingsconservatory.org, or call 410-396-0008. The Rawlings Conservatory is located off Exit 7, I-83 South, at the Gwynns Falls entrance to historic Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Maryland 21217.

UPDATE: ‘Seersucker and Sundresses’ has been canceled due to lackluster ticket sales.

Baltimore’s Patriotic Agave Blooms on July 4th!

Photo courtesy the Rawlings Conservatory
Photo courtesy the Rawlings Conservatory

We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, complete with lots of delicious cookout food and exciting fireworks. But fireworks weren’t the only thing bursting with color yesterday — the Rawlings Conservatory‘s giant blue agave finally bloomed! (You may remember it from our earlier Agave Watch 2013 post.) The flower spike is about 25 feet tall (hence the removal of part of the greenhouse’s roof, in order to let it grow). The Conservatory recommends stopping by this weekend to see the plant at its most extravagant.

Agave Watch 2013! Rare Double Century Plant Blooms at the Rawlings Conservatory

The Agave Americana on May 8. Photo via the Rawlings Conservatory.
The blue agave on May 8 — ready to flower any day now! Photo via the Rawlings Conservatory.

Agave plants bloom only once in their long lifetimes — hence their “Century Plant” nickname — but when they do, it’s spectacular. So spectacular, in fact, that the staff of the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park have to be careful that their agaves’ towering spikes don’t bust through the Desert House’s glass ceiling. And this year, something amazing is happening — two of the conservatory’s giant agaves are preparing to bloom around the same time.