Photo of Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, US
Photo of Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, US
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Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory

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orchid room • beautiful conservatory • suggested donation • palm house

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  • Photo of ProfessorCharles
    8 months ago
    The Rawlings Conservatory is a throwback to Victorian times, but kudos to the hard working gardeners who keep the five rooms in excellent shape. The Palm Court may be the biggest of the rooms, but the tropical garden, the Mediterranean room, and the dessert plants are all well done. The gardens outside are okay, but the conservatory is well worth a visit. All they ask for is a donation.
  • Photo of JohnBCowgill
    9 months ago
    I had some time to kill so I decided to check this out. Wow was I amazed at this place. It is very small compared to other conservatories I had visited, but it is a very lovely place. If you have time, go see this place.
  • Photo of MillsandMees
    9 months ago
    I was at the Conservatory for a private event(wedding) I never knew this existed. This is a small but beautifully maintained Conservatory. Great place to visit and relax or learn some things about plants. etc.. It is near the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore,
  • Photo of Karen R
    10 months ago
    I've been doing a lot of hometown sightseeing and a friend suggested we go to the Rawlings Conservatory to see the spring blooms. The tulips and hyacinths were gorgeous, but what took my breath away was the Palm House, the oldest part of the conservatory. I can see why the Victorians loved their glass houses; I could have spent hours there!
  • Photo of Chestersdrivers
    a year ago
    This is a wonderful place to spend time at, such a beautiful place with so many wonderful plants and so well maintained. The building itself is very unique and then the rooms with the plants are so well cared for. You can experience so many eco-systems from a desert to a tropical rain forest. A great way to spend a day.
  • Photo of Jessica D
    2 years ago
    I can't say enough about this beautiful conservatory . I visit at least once a month to see the beautiful conservatory rooms. There is no fee for entrance. The staff are welcoming and always willing to answer questions about different species of plants. Rawlings is a must see when visiting Baltimore.
  • Photo of zinconinco
    2 years ago
    This is such a cool place. There are several rooms with different kinds of awesome plants and flowers. The building itself is beautiful and there are even plants for sale in the main entrance area.
  • Photo of calbrigh
    2 years ago
    What a gem. One of the best-kept secrets of Baltimore. All displays were immaculately maintained. A number of the plant species looked like they had been lovingly cared for over many decades. It looked like there was going to be a wedding this weekend as they were setting up a tent ouside. What a lovely venue. Would like to see it at night.
    2 years ago
    If you like plants or Victorian architecture, or want to see some greenery any month of the year, stroll through the conservatory in Druid Hill Park. An Orchid Room, Mediterranean House, Tropical House, and Desert House feature various biomes with informative signage and tags. A group of preschoolers were there the day we were and were as fascinated as we were. We had as much fun watching them as enjoying the plants.
  • Photo of Redwhine21224
    2 years ago
    This is a lovely little gem near the Zoo, with ample free parking (unless there's an event at the Zoo, etc.) Suggested $5 donation per person. I visited with my 16-month old and she enjoyed looking at the flowers and goldfish/turtle in the Koi pond. Our visit was just about a half hour- I think when she's older we could spend up to an hour here. We visited on a weekday and a couple of times it felt a little tight with a larger stroller-parents may want to bring an umbrella one instead (the outside grounds are level enough.)
  • Photo of Barry P
    2 years ago
    Feb 6, 2016 was a sunny but chilly day and my wife and I were looking for something to do. Several wks earlier we went to Bubba Gumps downtown and planned to stop by the Rawlings Conservatory on the way home. But we rolled out of the Inner Harbor too late, Rawlings closes at 4PM. But Saturday we left arrived at about noon. From Bel Air it was maybe 40 minutes and easy to find, down 95 to 695 and then 83 into the city. Lots of free parking right in front of the building. Although there were lots of cars already parked there. Turns out there was a funeral going on this particular day. Slightly odd, but one of the people working there said that they have had a few funerals and many weddings. The funeral didn’t hamper out visit at all. It was confined to a side room and except for an awkward interruption that we caused by opening a closed door that was not marked, we’d have never known it was even going on. Oh, and the hearse parked out front. Admission is free, but they do ask for a suggested $5 donation. Which is very reasonable and the folks were very friendly. Four main rooms to explore including a small Koi pond where for .25 cents you can buy a small handful of fish food and feed the fish. Several little kids, and myself, were having fun doing that. A forth room is nothing but orchids and was my wife's favorite. She loves orchids and this was an entire room full. The architecture of the building is pretty cool, I think it was built in 1888 and the second oldest Conservancy in the country, I think those statements are correct? We plan to go back again in the spring or summer when the outside gardens are blooming. But it’s a nice place to visit on a chilly winters day, it’s 70 plus degrees inside! So if you have an hr or a little longer, it’s probably one of Baltimore’s best little secrets.
  • Photo of patrick r
    2 years ago
    My girlfriend and I went there to check it out. Great place to go on a date. They have plants from the tropics, the desert, an orchid room, and a palm tree room. The orchid room and palm tree room was all still the original architecture, built in 1887-88 which I personally thought was very neat to look at. The whole thing took about 45 minutes to an hour to go through, so if you're looking to kill some time. Thus is a great place to visit.
  • Photo of FilledWithJoy
    2 years ago
    Worth the trip. Very beautiful conservatory. Great value. Right next to the zoo. Visit both and make a day of it. Great poinsettia display during the holidays.
  • Photo of Luke M
    2 years ago
    There is a lot to see here all packed in one building. Anyone could spend about an hour here and have a great time, plant lovers will want to come back. Walking into the Orchid room you will experience to most wonderful smell of your life.
  • Photo of Joe S
    2 years ago
    The Rawlings Conservatory is located in Druid Hill Park outside of Baltimore city and boasts one hall of a glass building which is used as a 'Palm House' with massive palm trees. It's got suggested donation admission which makes it affordable for all. It's smaller, so I'd suggest it on the way down to the city for a day trip, etc. Even if you go slow you'll still be out around an hour or so later. The architecture is just gorgeous by the way.
  • Photo of 1AnnieEliza
    3 years ago
    Visited the Conservatory on a lovely spring afternoon, one of the first warm days after winter. It was good for the soul to see the colorful blossoms, smell the fragrant blooms, and just walk through and enjoy all there is to see. The cactus room is simply awesome, cactus from the size of a dime to the size of a huge tree--amazing! The orchid room was fabulous, too. Only problem was people handling the delicate blooms--there didn't seem to be any docents or guides to instruct them it's probably not a good idea for the flowers to be handled like that. One room had a huge peace symbol constructed of twigs and air plants--so cool looking. And little space ships created out of recycled liter-sized soda bottles! Creative, colorful, fun. There was a fantastic exhibit at the time of our visit--mosaics and stained glass, all of planets, space ships, flowers, etc. A wonderful visit. The visit is free, a $5 donation is suggested. I don't think the public transport to the area is great, we drove up and parked right out front.
  • Photo of Norris T
    3 years ago
    Not being a vegetation expert, this is not a place I would normally visit. However, my wife is active in such things, so we took the tour--self-guided--both in the normal plantings and the Christmas themed areas. How delightful! Had no clue what the plants and cacti were, but they are all catalogued, clearly marked, and you can even use your smartphone for information. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The facilities are absolutely spotlessly maintained. Even though knowing something about the various plants might help, the assortment is just fascinating. It takes about an hour or more if you want to tarry a bit, but there's something just so relaxing being among such varietal vegetation. It doesn't compare with Longwood Gardens, but it doesn't need to. No charge to tour, however a donation is graciously accepted. They do have a website:
  • Photo of Miviw
    4 years ago
    One of the most beautiful building made of glass I've ever seen. It is a Victorian conservatory one of a few remaining in the world. Designed by architect George Frederick, who designed City Hall and the Mansion at Cylburn Arboretum. This square building houses some of the most beautiful plants ever. Opened Wed. - Sun. No fee but donations welcomed. The Conservatory is located near the Maryland Zoo and sits all alone in it's glory. It's divided into sections, one being the Palm House with fifteen different species, the Orchid Rm, The Mediterranean House, tropical House and Desert House. The grounds are well manicured with a beautiful sundial in the center of the raised flower beds. There is also a bench made of wood and a center mosaic in the front of the building. Don't miss it if you're in Baltimore.
  • Photo of Martha D
    4 years ago
    My daughter and I took in the spring flower show which was interesting and spring-like. Loved the orchids. The people at the desk were lovely.
  • Photo of Ssc3201
    4 years ago
    Conservatory has no admission fee but asks for a donation. Free parking right outside. We went on a rainy day end of March so there was plenty of parking. Orchid room has beautiful orchids, palm room with bromeliads is very nice and it is in the lovely Victorian main room. Cactus, lemon trees, goldfish all lovely and worth the trip to view the glass house itself.

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