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Sizzlin Summer 2010

Sizzlin' Summer Our annual comprehensive guide to surviving, thriving, and diverting yourself until September

The Scenic Route Rediscovering the countryside from a skinny-ass bike seat | By Michael Byrne

Parks and Rec Use our amazingly all-out, exhaustive and full-fledged key to find the outdoors-y hot spot you can c...

Gardens Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, (410) 634-2847, On your next tr...

Fishing For A Dip Looking for clean water? Look for guys in hip waders | By Van Smith

OC and OC Alternatives Ocean City Things to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofocean...

Pools Baltimore City's public pools were put in the crosshairs of the budget crunch this year, but the Dep...

It's Time World Cup 2010 kicks off in June--got your barstool lined up yet? | By Bret McCabe

Sports Druid Hill Park Disc Golf, pretty much any time you want, goofball. (443) 271-5351,

Ramping Up Local skaters spend the summer combining street art and activism | By Alex Ebstein

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

Festivals and Extra-Ivals Sowebo music and Arts Festival, noon-9 p.m. May 30, around Hollins Market, This mus...

Get Them To The Creek Family fun is as close as the nearest running water | By Lee Gardner

Kids And Zoos Stuff to See Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparku...

Fourth Of July Gotta love it when July 4 falls on a weekend--for those who really dig the Independence Day merrymak...

History The Fells Point Haunted Pubwalk, 7 p.m. most Saturdays, outside Max's Taphouse 733 S. Broadway, (41...

Cinema Al Fresco Dusk! Projector! Action! | By Martin L. Johnson

Stage Welcome to all things theater during the hottest, stickiest part of the year. Some of these thespian...

Roll Down Your Windows Baltimore musicians make a playlist of their personal local summer jams | By Al Shipley

Summer Concert Guide May May 22-23: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival with Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia ...

Numb The City Paper I-Team™ tips it hard for the coldest beer in Baltimore

Outdoor Drinking Here in the Land of Pleasant Living, enjoying a refreshing legal beverage in the out-of-doors in the...

Food Festivals Funnel cakes, corn dogs, and other renditions of deep-fried dough may not be enough to make you want...

Farmers Markets Baltimore City Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar, 7 a.m.-noon Sundays May 2-Dec. 19, Holliday...

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

Unhampered Pack a better picnic basket | By Wendy Ward

Posted 5/19/2010

Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, (410) 634-2847, On your next trip to the Eastern Shore, learn a little about our native plants at this garden and preserve boasting over 600 species on 400 acres. With four miles of paths to wander and cool streams, stretching your legs here beats any stop for fuel.

Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, Drive out to Montgomery County for Brookside Gardens' Aquatic, Azalea, Butterfly, Children's, Rose, Japanese Style, Trial, and Rain gardens, among others, plus the woodland walk and horticultural reference library located in the visitors center.

Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pa., (610) 687-4163, Only 90 miles from Baltimore, this "pleasure garden" offers some pretty unique gardens, such as the Ruins and Gravel, based on the foundation of the original owner's home; the Teacup, which is described as organized chaos; and one grown where there once was a tennis court.

Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., (410) 367-2217, An urban park featuring 207 lovely acres of varied woodlands, gardens, and lawns where you can book guided tours with one of the arboretum volunteers, rent out the floors of the Victorian mansion for special events, take a walk across a footbridge over the bog and see an artificial beaver dam, and touch things at the Nature Museum in the Carriage House.

howard peters rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Druid Hill Park, McCulloh Street and Gwynn Falls Parkway, (410) 396-0180, A gorgeous glass building built in 1888, this classic conservatory sitting among 35 flower beds features orchid walls, a turn-of-the-century palm room, and desert, Mediterranean, and tropical environments full of prickly, green, and lush plants, respectively.

Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd Street between S and R streets, Washington, (202) 339-6410, Libraries are good for the environment--borrow don't buy!--but Dumbarton Oaks' research library and collection goes deeper, "supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies." But if you just wanna play, check out the serene Lovers' Pool, the three outdoor rooms of the Kitchen Gardens, and dreamy Crabapple Hill.

Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9466, This place is magical: the grounds of a 18th-century manor house cultivated into 15 themed "outdoor rooms," a 1.5-mile nature walk, and stunning examples of the very English topiary arts--leafy plants cut and trained into ornamental shapes. Take a pleasant walk through the Rose and Water gardens, then swing through the gift shop for gardening paraphernalia.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000, ext. 100, With 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, Longwood is flush with gorgeous color along the Flower Garden Walk, pretty scents from the Rose and Topiary gardens, and lush greenery in the outdoor water lily display with more than 100 types of water lilies and other aquatic plants all summer long.

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