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Sizzlin Summer 2008

Here Comes The Sunburn City Paper's 2008 Sizzlin' Summer Guide

Crew Romance Explaining The Allure of The Punishing Sport of Rowing | By Michael Byrne

Ocean City Vs. Rehoboth A She Said/She Said On Where to Park Your Beach Towel This Summer | By Heather Joslyn and Michelle Gienow

A Step Apart Community Drum Line and Step Group Makes Itself Heard | By Jess Harvell

Ahhhh! City Paper's Summer Drink Contest | By Edward Ericson Jr.

The Cowboy Way Local Gunslingers Take a Shot at the Wild West | By Chris Landers

A Wench in the Works Working at the Renaissance Festival Was as Much Bawd as Bard | By Erin Sullivan

Bee Cause State Apiarist Keeps An Eye On All That's Buzzing in Maryland | By Shelly Blake-Plock

Camped Out Trying to Engineer Your Child's Perfect Summer | By Charles Cohen

7 Reasons Why Summer in Baltimore Rules More Than Any Other Place On The Face of The Earth | By Ben Claassen III

Take One For The Other Team An O's Fan Suggests The Unthinkable--That You Watch The Nationals, Too | By Jeffrey Anderson

Posted 5/21/2008


Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400,, free. A children's garden, rose garden, azalea garden, fragrance garden, two conservatories, and a Japanese-style garden. Take Claritin first.

Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pa,, (610) 687-4163,, $5, ages 15 and under free. A pleasure garden filled with lovely plants and flowers along with benches, hillsides, and courtyards. Smoking and pets are not allowed, but there are three picnic areas so bring a basket lunch and eat outdoors.

Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., (410) 367-2217, This 207-acre park represents nearly every habitat on the planet: Japanese maples, a bog, Maryland oaks, coniferous trees, and wild grasses plus guided tours and several trails ensure you can see ... well almost most of it. This is the Met of nature parks.

Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd St. between S and R streets, Washington, (202) 339-6410,, $5-6. Mildred and Robert Woods spent more than 20 years carefully planning the layout of each shrub, flower, and tree in this estate (which includes a museum), to plan the perfect country home.

Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $2-$13. You could knock us over with a feather when we found out Ladew Gardens wasn't designed--and isn't maintained--by anyone with shears for hands. This 22-acre garden really one-ups Edward with 15 themed 'garden rooms' depicting a variety of 'scenes.'

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000, ext. 100,, $32, ages 15 and under $16. These 1,050 acres of outdoor and indoor gardens, woodlands, and meadows feature over 10,000 different varieties of flora, but do they deliver a bang? This summer they do, with firework shows May 25, July 4 and 19, and Aug. 31.

Tawes Garden, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, (410) 260-8189, Named for the 1959-1967 First Lady of Maryland, this garden rests in what was once a cinder-block lot and is now a lush garden--rife with Black Eyed Susans--nestled among the Department of Natural Resources' office building.


Wine and Worms, 6-7 p.m. June 6, Earth Alley, 3602 Elm St., (410) 366-2110. Drink some wine while getting the answer to your composting issues: red worms in a bin do all the work while taking less space.

Daylily Show, 1:30 p.m. June 29 and sale 9 a.m. until sold out Aug. 17, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, Sponsored by the National Capital Daylily Club.

Yew Shearing, July 8, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. Yeah, we thought that meant sheep too, and our heads were filled of visions of Scotland, where we'd retire with a herd to call our own, but they meant gardening demos, which is totally cool, too. Maybe we can trim a shrub in the backyard into the shape of a sheep instead'

Potomac Lily Show, July 12-13, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, Sponsored by, you guessed it, the Potomac Lily Society.

Pond Care, July 18, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. So you dug a hole in the backyard for the koi fish you thought you'd get, but you tore up the yard instead. Ladew's professionals can probably help you fix that.

Climbing Rose Pruning, July 22, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. Because if you don't, the neighbors will start to call you Miss Havisham.

Yew Shearing, July 29, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. Now that your shrubs are sheep, maybe the rest of your plant life could use a classier upgrade, too.

Cactus Show, 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2-3, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, Sponsored by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society.

Plant Repotting, Aug. 12, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. We found those cute little pots in Target's dollar bins, but thumb-sized terra cotta ceramics aren't meant for sunflowers, are they?

Turf Maintenance, Aug. 19, Ladew Garden 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466,, $10. After you planted mothballs in the garden to keep the moles out, the kids, dog, and lack or (or too much) rain ruined your hard work instead. We understand, it's hard upkeep.

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