Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

Spring in Tawes GardenContact: ​410-260-8189​

Anne Arundel County

Tawes Garden
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401​

Hours: sunrise to sunset

Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - Friday. Closed on State holidays

ALERT: Due to federal guidelines and Governor Hogan’s state directives to COVID-19, educational programing at the garden is cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust operations as events warrant. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support of Maryland State Parks as we all work together to keep each other safe. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.

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

Helen Avalynne TawesThe 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.