125th Anniversary

In 2013 the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory reached a remarkable milestone: the 125th anniversary of it’s opening in 1888. Located in Baltimore City’s historic Druid Hill Park, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens is the second oldest glass conservatory in America.  


Opened to the public in 1888, the Conservatory features year-round displays of plants from around the world in five distinct exhibit areas: the original 1888 Palm House, Orchid Room, Mediterranean House, Tropical House and Desert House.


 The Rawlings Conservatory is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, and is a Baltimore City Landmark.


View photos from past signature events

Holiday Poinsettia Show Preview Party
Palm House 125th Family party (photos coming soon!)
The Drunken Botanist: An Evening with Amy Stewart (photos coming soon!)
Palm House Gala
Seersucker and Sundresses Garden Party
Summer Solstice Concert (photos coming soon!)
Spring 2013 Flower Display and Preview Party
125th Anniversary Kick Off Event 


Support Us

The mission of the Rawlings Conservatory is to foster an appreciation and understanding of plants from around the world and the vital role they play in all of our lives. The mission of our anniversary celebration is two-fold. We want every citizen of Baltimore to know and to visit the Conservatory and to take pride in this architectural and cultural gem. Secondly, we want to make sure we have a strong foundation for the next 125 years.

 We want to hear how you or your organization can help support this institutional treasure. In addition to ongoing financial support, we would like to encourage you to let us know how you might be able to help us in the following areas:

– Architectural Preservation
– Fundraising
– Arts & Cultural Programming
– Gardening & Plant Care
– Community Partnerships
– Public Awareness
– Educational Programming
– Special Events

 This is an exciting time in the history of the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and we hope that you will join us as we grow! Drop in any time, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call us at 410-396-0008. We want to hear from you!




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Photograph © Chuck Robinson, www.chuckrobinsonphoto.com

The Rawlings Conservatory is owned and operated by the City of Baltimore

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor