In the recent Dan Rodricks column, "Let your eyes wander to see city shine" (Sept. 12), I could not help but think of all those who drive by the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore in Druid Hill Park and rarely take the time to even glance at this jewel in their own backyard.

This year marks the Rawlings Conservatory's 125th anniversary. Since 1888, this stunning Victorian glass and steel structure designed by the architect George A. Frederick has graced our city. It is a part of our history and stands proudly throughout the decades. The conservatory houses a "living museum" of exotic plants from around the world. Citizens of Baltimore should make their way into their public historic public landmark and be delighted by its exquisite beauty throughout the seasons.

We should not take it for granted either. Marking this special anniversary there are various events including the Palm House Gala on October 5 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information about this event and how to support this great treasure that lives among us, visit http://www.rawlingsconservatory.com.

Harriet Lynn, Baltimore