Conservatory/Botanic Garden

A Visit To Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore

by Barbara-


Ever since my green obsession began, I’ve wanted to visit botanical gardens and conservatories. To have all those wonderful plants in one dose is, well, very tempting. Unfortunately Ottawa does not have a public conservatory, except the greenhouse at Carleton University where they host butterfly shows every fall. The closest one is in Montreal, Quebec, about 2 hours away which I visited once. I have decided to visit botanical gardens in every city I visit so when I planned a trip to visit by big sister in Maryland over Christmas, I decided to look up conservatories that were in the DC-Maryland area. There were quite a few surprisingly but I honed in on two – Howard Peters Rawlings conservatory and botanic garden of  Baltimore and the United States Botanic Garden in DC. I thought I had so much time to visit both, but the days flew by so fast I could only visit one. I had to visit my Aunty in Baltimore so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and visit the Rawlings Conservatory. Let me just say, I would volunteer here if I lived closed by. I loved it.


The entrance was festively decorated with Poinsettias for Christmas, including this Angel made from Cryptanthus.


The Tropical room were filled with all sorts of “house plants”- peperomia, philodendron, ferns, bromeliads including Tillandsia.

philoLook how huge these elephant ears are

sisterMy beautiful sister allowed me to add her picture here


monsteraI have never seen a “swiss cheese” plant this small. I was thinking of Monstera deliciosa when I saw this, but it is actually Philodendron monstera oblique


IMG_9397Some bromeliads, like this one, have leaves that form holding tanks for water without leaking. The plant absorbs the water via specialized leaf hairs called trichomes. According to the Rainforest Alliance, the largest bromeliads hold up to 2 gallons of water.

fern3 ferns

fern1and more ferns

Couldn’t help but take pictures of this beautiful Tillandsia display

P. SelloumI did a double take on this Philodendron selloum. I love the beautiful scars the fallen leaves leave behind

succ5Too bad I didn’t pay close attention to the name of the huge succulent in the back. Its leaves look velvety and dreamy. It looks out of this world


I love the look of this variegated Agave

1405My brains!! My brains! My brains are on the ground!! Don’t you just love strange-looking plants

Snakes anyone? They look like Medusa’s head when in a head planter like this one 

1409 These looks like big 3-D jigsaw puzzles.  Look at those amazing patterns!

1410A Jade in bloom.

Of course, I spent a lot more time in the Desert room. They had a great collection of cacti and succulents.



The Palm room was filled with majestic palm trees towering so high, for a moment I truly felt transported to a rainforest

They also had a great collection of orchids.

There were more beautiful plants which I wish I could share, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to upload them all. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Admission to the conservatory is free, but they do ask for donations which I was more than happy to give.  My family and I enjoyed our time there and my younger sister discovered her love for orchids. The orchid pictures were taken by her. Great photography skills too!


 Till next time!


Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.


  1. Persia L Swift

    I live in Baltimore, and the conservatory is one of my favorite places to visit. I am obsessed with your site by the way!!

    01 . Jun . 2018
    • Barbara

      Thankyou. I’m trying to visit a conservatory in any city I visit.

      03 . Jun . 2018
  2. Adorablest

    You may have found out already, but that big succulent you mention is an Agave attenuata 🙂

    05 . Mar . 2015
    • Barbara

      Yes Adorablest! Thank you. I went on a quest to identify it. Luckily I’ve joined a few Facebook succulent groups so it wasn’t long before I discovered the name. Its so dreamy don’t you think? Thanks for stopping by.

      05 . Mar . 2015
  3. Jaquelyn Shaw

    Love, love! Beautiful post. Love all the photos, the orchids and succulents were my favorite. I don’t know why but I love colourful things ;-p and oh, by the way, that was a phenomenal shot of ur sister. She’s gorgeous!

    12 . Jan . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thank you. Succulents are my favorite too. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

      12 . Jan . 2015

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