Ellicott City, Columbia featured in Horticultural Society of Maryland annual tour

The focus will be something old, something new on Sunday, June 1, when the Horticultural Society of Maryland hosts its 23rd annual Garden Tour, “From Manor to Modern:  Garden Design in Columbia and Ellicott City.”

The tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, focuses on one of Howard County’s oldest communities, Ellicott City, and one of its more modern and ever-changing, Columbia.

This year’s walking and driving tour will take visitors to seven private gardens that range from a tranquil arboretum surrounding an 18th century country estate to innovative contemporary gardens tucked away in suburbia.

The homes on the tour include features such as creative repurposing of crumbled ruins, use of water elements and a variety of rare trees, flowers and plants. 

An new addition to this year’s tour is an opportunity for guests to get breakfast or lunch at food trucks along the way, with Beans and Buns and Shapiro’s Café & Deli participating at tour locations.

The tour is free for members of the Horticultural Society of Maryland; general public tickets are $35 when purchased in advance online  by May 31  at mdhorticulture.org or at locations in Howard County including Clark’s Ace Hardware, River Hill Garden Center and Randy & Steve’s New General Store. 

Tickets may also be purchased in Baltimore County at Graul’s Market in Ruxton, Mays Chapel and Hereford, Green Fields Nursery on Falls Road in Baltimore City, Lovely Manors Garden Design Center in Phoenix, The Perennial Farm in Glen Arm, and Watson’s Garden Center of Lutherville. 

Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour for $40 at the first garden -- go to the Horticultural Society of Maryland website to get the garden address. Support for the tour is provided by the media sponsor, WYPR-FM.

The Horticultural Society of Maryland is a membership organization where gardening enthusiasts come together to expand their knowledge of horticulture through lectures, trips, workshops and shared experiences. For more information about the tour contact garden tour chair Ann Betten at ann@bettenlandscapedesign.com or go to mdhorticulture.org.

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