Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

A portion of the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, viewed from the entrance to the garden. An office building is in the background in the upper left corner of the picture. You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.  

The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden is a five-acre garden located within a complex of state government office buildings in Annapolis, Maryland. The garden is named in honor of the former First Lady of Maryland, whose husband J. Millard Tawes was Governor from 1959 to 1967.

The garden was created in the early 1970s during construction of the adjacent Tawes State Office Building, which houses the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). After the original garden was constructed, a former district director of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Stevie Lyttle, came up with a plan for a barrier-free garden with areas featuring native plants of Maryland. Different garden areas represent a Western Maryland forest and an Eastern Shore peninsula, with other areas for streamside habitat (including a pond and creek), reforestation, and a "plant mural" of cultivated flowers. In 1982, the garden won an award for design excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Tawes Garden is accessible via the lobby of the Tawes State Office Building, located at 580 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis. From Route 50, take exit 24 (Rowe Boulevard), turn right on Taylor Avenue, then left on Sachs Drive, to the first building on the left. The building also has a gift shop, cafeteria, and restrooms.

This is a map of the garden, which I extracted from a photograph of the garden information sign at the entrance. The red star is the garden entrance.  

To see pictures of the garden (taken in early October 2006), you can click on any of the following links; or if you want, you can read through all the pages sequentially by clicking the "Next Page" button at the bottom of each page.

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