Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden
Anne Arundel County
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Hours: sunrise to dusk
Gift Shop Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday. Closed on State holidays
This intimate public garden is conveniently located directly across from the Naval Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on the grounds of the Tawes State Office Building, headquarters for the Department of Natural Resources. Representations of the state’s various geographic areas 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. Admission, guided tours
(by reservation) and many programs are free of charge. Prior to construction of the Tawes State Office Building in the early 1970s, the garden site was a flat cinder lot. For many years, it provided a home for the West Annapolis carnival.
Helen Avalynne Tawes
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.