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.
Helen Avalynne Tawes, known to friends as either Avalynne or Lou, was born and raised in Crisfield on Maryland's Eastern Shore. On Christmas day in 1915, she married J. Millard Tawes, a young Crisfield businessman, who would later become Maryland's 54th Governor. Music was an important part of Avalynne's life. She began singing at age 5 and later studied piano and voice at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. At Government House gatherings, she would often entertain guests by playing her electric organ. Her main hobby was cooking. In her husband's campaign for Governor, rather than distribute political information, she handed out pamphlets containing 22 recipes. These recipes and many more are featured in what became her best-selling cookbook "My Favorite Maryland Recipes" published in 1964. In addition to her cookbook, Avalynne Tawes is remembered as being very stylish, hospitable, and charming.