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The Friends of
Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden
& Arboretum


The Garden is open daily free of charge from dawn to dusk. Free parking is available at the Navy/Marine Stadium and can be accessed through Stadium Gate 6 on Taylor Ave. The Garden can be entered through the Tawes Building lobby during the work day, or at any time by following the signs to the outside entrance located a few yards to the right of the building. There is a small visitors lot across Sachs Dr. from the DNR entrance, but space availability is extremely limited.

The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden & Arboretum in Annapolis, MD forms the campus of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  A 5-acre landscaped garden and arboretum, it is open to the public and provides tranquil green space within the city limits.  For general DNR information about the Garden, please follow this link.

The Friends of Tawes Garden, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, works to help ensure the perpetuation of Tawes Garden as a valuable natural resource for the people of Maryland. We support ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the Garden as both a destination for visitors and a sanctuary for wildlife, and are affiliated with several environmental organizations as seen below. We also sponsor a variety of programs for children and adults that take advantage of its unique character as the green heart of Annapolis.  On this site you will find Garden photos, plant cameos, articles, and information on educational, travel, and other special opportunities.  You can sign up for the Friends of Tawes mailing list here.


We welcome all inquiries and comments and can be reached through our Contact form at the bottom of this page.


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580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

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