Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

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Annapolis, Maryland
Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden - part of the plant mural is in the background

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden Annapolis Reviews

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Garden Peace Dec 07, 2008
A short distance from the bustling downtown of the state capital, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Building hides a secret. Tucked behind this grey building rests the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden. Named after the wife of a former governor, the garden provides visitors with a relaxing stroll through various Maryland habitats: Eastern Shore, Western hillside, and streamside. A reforestation area a plant mural, and a shelter complete the garden. Although each segment is small, the lack of barriers easily leads pedestrians along the paths. Especially observant visitors will be able to spot the birds who have made the area home. Additionally, markers provide information on the plants and trees.

I visited the garden after the DNR was closed for the day, and I highly recommend it. Parking was easy--the entire lot was practically empty. While the main entrance was closed (along with the cafe and gift shop), I still had easy access through a side entrance that led directly into the garden rather than through the building first. Visiting later in the day meant few other people were around thus creating a very peaceful environment. It also gave me the chance to play around with my camera and try out different shots.
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