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Special Issues 2009

Parks/Hiking and Biking We may live in a concrete jungle, but Baltimoreans are lucky to have such a wide range of options ...

Gardens Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, brooksidegardens.org. Free is a ve...

Downy Ocean, Hon Stuff to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. Fam...

Get Wet and Wade When you're looking for an escape from the hot, hot heat of Baltimore in the summer, sometimes an a...

Pools Baltimore City's Department of Parks and Recreation operates wading pools, indoor swimming pools, a...

Sports Orioles Promotional Nights, through Oct. 3, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, theorioles.com. Even if th...

Art AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., (410) 625-2585, aiabalt.com, 9 a.m.-4:30 ...

Festivals and Extra-vals Sowebo Arts Festival, May 24, around Hollins Market, soweboarts.org. With three stages of live musi...

Kids Stuff to See Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 730-4049, clarkland...

Zoos Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, (856) 365-3300, adventureaquarium.com. Just acro...

Fourth Of July Accident's Fourth of July Homecoming, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., South Street Complex, Accident, (301) 746-634...

History Midnight in a Haunted House, 10:45 p.m. through Nov. 2, Jennie Wade House Museum, 548 Baltimore St....

Stage Pillow Talk, through May 24, comedy, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, (301) 617-9906, l...

Music May 21: Trey Anastasio with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff) Coldplay (Nissan Pavilion...

Outdoor Dining Plenty of restaurants have a few table set up outside in warm weather, but here are some of the swe...

Food Festivals Summer is really about taking our favorite activities al fresco, and there are few things Baltimore...

Farmers' Markets BALTIMORE CITY Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays May 3-Dec. 20, Holliday and Saratoga...

Wineries Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, basignani.com. Black Ankle Vineyard...

Useful Info Maryland Maryland Office of Tourism Development, visitmaryland.org Maryland Department of Busine...

OC Alternatives Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, (410) 641-1441, nps.gov/...

Posted 5/20/2009

Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, brooksidegardens.org. Free is a very good price for access to 50 acres of gorgeous gardens, although the butterfly exhibit costs a minimal fee. The Japanese style garden sounds intriguing, as does the formal garden. Be sure to stop and smell the, um, fragrance garden. Don't miss the Summer Twilight Concert Series June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Bedding Design with Nicky Beadle, a free garden demo in an informal setting, takes place June 1 or stop by for the Brookside's 40th birthday Party July 19 with birthday cake, family fun, and an early concert.

Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pa., (610) 687-4163, chanticleergarden.org. Chanticleer is known as a pleasure garden, offering an escape from the hustle bustle of everyday life in their orchard, pond garden, Asian woods, and house garden. Here you will find nature's alternative to the desk chair: furniture made from bamboo and a living room set made entirely of stone.

Druid Hill Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, McCulloh and Gwynn Falls Parkway, (410) 396-0180. A lovely Victorian glass structure that offers visitors a peaceful moment surrounded with plants. A walk through the Orchid Room delivers you to the Palm House in the large front space and the back three greenhouses replicate desert, Mediterranean, and tropic habitats.

Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd Street between S and R streets, Washington, (202) 339-6410, doaks.org. If you prefer your gardens on the scholarly side, give Dumbarton Oaks a whirl. But, ironic name for a research library and collection, no? More suited is the name of one of the founders, Mildred Bliss. That is precisely what one will find here: bliss.

Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466, ladewgardens.com. With their topiary garden, Ladew can't shake the references to Edward Scissorhands, but why would it want to? Everyone loves Edward, and Ladew Gardens is movie magic come to life. Its best known feature is a clipped hunt scene atop a hedge that mimics one that Harvey Ladew admired in Gloucestershire, England, but the koi pond is lovely. Fancy Italian sports cars will be on display at the Ferrari Car Show June 2. In the Garden Series takes place June 23-Aug. 25, when you can earn the skills that pay the bills at Ladew, straight from the gardeners who work there; includes admission to the garden and nature walk.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000, ext. 100, longwoodgardens.org. You'll be seeing 20/20 after leaving a visit at Longwood--20 indoor gardens and 20 outdoors. Not to be missed is the Open Air Theatre Fountains with 750 nozzles pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute with 600 lights flashing red, blue, green, white, and yellow. Trippy. Plan your visit for the Fireworks and Fountains evenings May 24, July 4, and Aug. 8: Bring a lawn chair or blanket to kick back and enjoy a spectacular display of fire and water with a Longwood first, disco music. Come down early to partake in delicious BBQ.

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