Tulip Delight at Baltimore’s Sherwood Garden
Our original plan last Saturday was to drive with our friend Carol from her house in Maryland to Longwood Gardens. But then I remembered that this required a four hour round trip. As much as I wanted to see Longwood, having just driven from Springfield to Chicago and then flown to Baltimore, a four hour drive was distinctly unappealing.
And so I searched on the internet for gardens in Baltimore. What I found was Sherwood Gardens, a six acre park near the campus of The Johns Hopkins University and less than an hour away. The fact that every year 80,000 Tulips are planted at Sherwood clinched the deal.
Note: when visiting Baltimore, do not say (as I did) John Hopkins University, or even Johns Hopkins University. It’s The Johns Hopkins University, thank you very much. To say anything else is to invite scorn from the natives.
Anyway, Sherwood Gardens is a very traditional sort of park: flowing lawns graced with shade trees, shrubs, and beds of flowers (most notably Tulips, in April and May).
It’s a very popular sort of place. On the Sunday we visited it was full of people strolling, picnicking, and playing with their kids. Oh, and photographing each other, especially parents photographing their kids. The people-watching was as good as the tulip-gazing.
A map was available that indicated the names of the tulips. The one above is ‘Alibi’. This year they’ve had a warm spring in Baltimore. Many of the early tulips were already done blooming, and quite a few others were close to losing their tepals.
This one is ‘Parade’, I think, a Darwin Hybrid.
Blooming Azaleas complemented the Tulips nicely.
This white Tulip is ‘Pays Bas’.
The dark purple Tulip is ‘Saigon’.
At the end of the Tulip season, the public is invited to bring their trowels and buckets and dig out all the tulips. They can take them home for 30 cents per bulb. This year’s Tulip Dig, if you’re interested, is May 28 from 7 t0 11 AM.
The orangey Tulip is ‘Teletubby’. Kind of an unfortunate name, though years ago I spent many hours watching children’s television. Why not ‘Mr. Rogers’, or even ‘Ernie’?
I always loved how the Tulip tepals can catch the sunlight.
Here ‘Saigon’ is mixed with ‘Flaming Flag’. Both are Triumph Tulips.
After giving all the Tulip beds a close examination, it was time for a picnic. While we were eating a group of twentysomethings nearby started playing bocce ball, which provided some entertainment.
When the Tulips are done blooming, the beds are filled with annual flowers. Like I said, it’s a traditional sort of park.
In any case, Sherwood Gardens made for a satisfying garden visit on a Sunday in late April.