Location:

​Anne Arundel County

Tawes Garden
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401​


Contact:

​410-260-8189​


Driving Directions:

To the Garden:
From US Route 50, take exit #24 (Rowe Boulevard) toward downtown Annapolis; turn right at Taylor Avenue, then left onto Sachs Drive at DNR building. The Tawes State Office Complex is located at 580 Taylor Avenue.

Public Transportation:
Served by Annapolis Transit's Gold Route on Rowe Boulevard ($.75), State Shuttle or Navy Blue Route (both free). For more information visit www.annapolis.gov/transport or call 410-263-7964.

Directions from the DC Metro Area:
Take Rt. 50 east towards Annapolis/Bay Bridge. Take exit 24 Rowe Blvd/Route 70 exit and follow Rowe Blvd. over a bridge until you reach your second light at the corner of Rowe and Taylor Ave. Make a right at the light. Parking is available on the right. Turn at the sign that reads "Gold Parking" if you plan on staying for more than a half hour, there is a $5/day fee in the Gold Lot. If you are visiting for less time than 30 minutes then there is a parking area in front of the Tawes complex. Turn left at the DNR sign and then make the next right. This is a short term parking area only and you will be towed if you are parked there longer than 30 minutes

Directions from Baltimore:
Take 97 Southbound and follow the signs to Rt. 50 east/Bay Bridge. Take exit 24 Rowe Blvd/Route 70 exit and follow Rowe Blvd. over a bridge until you reach your second light at the corner of Rowe and Taylor Ave. Make a right at the light. Turn at the sign that reads "Gold Parking" if you plan on staying for more than a half hour, there is a $5/day fee in the Gold Lot. If you are visiting for less time than 30 minutes then there is a parking area in front of the Tawes complex. Turn left at the DNR sign and then make the next right. This is a short term parking area only and you will be towed if you are parked there longer than 30 minutes

From the Eastern Shore of Maryland:
Take Rt. 50 west toward Washington. After passing over the Severn River Bridge take exit 24 Rowe Blvd/Route 70 exit and follow Rowe Blvd. over a bridge until you reach your second light at the corner of Rowe and Taylor Ave. Make a right at the light. Turn at the sign that reads "Gold Parking" if you plan on staying for more than a half hour, there is a $5/day fee in the Gold Lot. If you are visiting for less time than 30 minutes then there is a parking area in front of the Tawes complex. Turn left at the DNR sign and then make the next right. This is a short term parking area only and you will be towed if you are parked there longer than 30 minutes.


Hours of Operation:

​Sunrise to Sunset


Pet Policy:

Pets on a leash are permitted in the Tawes Garden. ​

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

Representations of the state’s various geographic Mrs. Tawesareas are featured in this five-acre garden. They include a Western Maryland forest, a streamside environment and an Eastern Shore peninsula. In addition, the barrier-free garden contains pleasant ponds; a raised planter with plants of varied textures, tastes and fragrances; and many cultivated plantings.

Nestled amid state government office buildings that include the headquarters of the Department of Natural Resources, the garden is named in honor of Mrs. J. Millard Tawes, a former first lady of Maryland. She and Governor Tawes were the state’s gracious hosts from 1959-1967.

Prior to construction of the Tawes State Office Building in the early 1970's, the garden site was a flat cinder lot. For many years, it provided a home for the West Annapolis carnival. The garden is open daily from dawn till dusk; admission, guided tours (by reservation) and many programs are free of charge. The cafeteria is open from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. while the gift shop’s hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (both are Monday through Friday except state holidays). 

The Black-Eyed Susan

We welcome you and your family to enjoy "The Black-Eyed Susan" newsletter, a quarterly publication of the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden. The newsletter is full of nature activities and seasonal nature articles for the whole family.

Rhododendrons in bloom in the Tawes Garden 

The Tawes Garden July - September 2014 e-Newsletter - The Black-Eyed Susan is here!!

The newsletter is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Adobe Acrobat file) - To get the free Acrobat Reader go to Adobe.com.

Some of the articles you will find in this newsletter are:

  • Arbor Day is April 2nd. See how you can get involved (page 2).
  • Music lovers will want to take advantage of upcoming spring concerts in the garden (page 3).
  • Savvy shoppers will want to check out the Tawes Garden Gift Shop's Pre-Inventory Sale in mid June.

Volunteer!

Blue Bells in bloom in the Tawes GardenInterested in supporting the Tawes Garden? Donate your time and become a volunteer and help garden staff with a number of duties associated with running a public garden. Take a minute to click on the link for an expanded description of ways you can become involved. This intimate public garden is conveniently located within the city of Annapolis on the grounds of the Tawes State Office Building at 580 Taylor Avenue, directly across from the Naval Marine Corps Stadium. Volunteering with the garden staff and interacting with the public is both rewarding and fun.

Don't have time to volunteer? If you like, you can make a cash contribution. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can do so by writing a check to Friends of Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Inc. P. O. Box 5907, Annapolis MD 21403.

Tawes Garden Gift Shop

The shop is located in the lobby of the Tawe State Office Building at 580 Taylor Avenue. Shoppers are greeted by our volunteer staff that are happy to assist with your shopping needs. Come browse our wide variety of reasonably priced gifts, jewelry, children's toys and books for the environmentally minded. For those looking for Maryland items this is the store to shop. Parking is conveniently located just outside the building lobby.

The Tawes Garden Gift ShopThe shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except State holidays). The phone number is 410-260-8194. Cash, personal checks and VISA/Mastercard are accepted.

For Garden events information, contact the garden staff at 410-260-8189.

Online Services


Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
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