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Cylburn Arboretum

Melissa Grim, chief horticulturist
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Email Melissa: [email protected]

Laurie Boswell, event coordinator
Best days to call are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Email Laurie: [email protected]

Cylburn Arboretum, including the grounds, gardens and all facilities will be closed to all visitors on May 8, 2015  and on July 29, 2015. 


Grounds and Gardens
Winter: Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer: Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Restrooms are available at the Greenhouse anytime the Grounds and Gardens are open
Closed City and Federal Holidays

Winter: By appointment only
Summer: Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  June 23-August 4 is CLOSED for Summer Camp
Closed City and Federal Holidays

Vollmer Center
Winter: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed in inclement weather
Summer: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed City and Federal Holidays

Greenhouses are NOT open to the public

Cylburn Arboretum is a 200-acre public garden and nature preserve. Wander through 3 miles of spectacular trails that wind through a mature piedmont forest. Enjoy a variety of gardens, such as a formal garden, woodland gardens and shady gardens. Seasonal gardens include displays of roses, daylilies, dahlias and annuals. 

Take a step back in time with a visit to Cylburn’s Mansion. In the 1860s, George Frederick, the architect of City Hall, designed this Renaissance Revival-style home. Constructed of gneiss from the local Bare Hills quarry, the mansion is surrounded by 15 strikingly impressive tree and shrub collections.

The 10,000-square-foot Vollmer Center features a green roof, composting toilets and geothermal heating and cooling. The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and the Horticultural Society of Maryland have their statewide headquarters in the Vollmer Center.

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Horticultural Division manages Cylburn with support from the Cylburn Arboretum Association. For a calendar of events, to view photos or for other general information, please visit www.cylburnassociation.org or call 410-367-2217.

Rental Information

All rentals are handled through the Baltimore City Horticultural Division office. Reservations are taken up to one year and one day in advance of the event.

Laurie Boswell is the event coordinator. Email is preferred.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 410-396-4860
Best days to call are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Rental Rates
Event Application

Contact the event coordinator to reserve a date. Dates will be held for three business days without a deposit. If the deposit is not paid within three days, the reservation will be canceled.

The Vollmer Center

Suitable for meetings, lectures, special events, flower shows, weddings, celebrations and more:

  • The Auditorium (downstairs) will seat about 250 theater-style or about 200 for dinner;
  • There is a small catering kitchen available, including a small refrigerator; we recommend your caterer visit before signing any contracts;
  • There are 25 round (60-inch) and 25 rectangular (72-inch) tables available; 
  • There are 225 matching chairs;
  • Audiovisual equipment is available for additional fees;
  • The upstairs lobby area can be included in the rental after 4 p.m. The upstairs lobby is open to the public daily until 4 p.m.

The Greenhouse Classroom

Suitable for meetings, luncheons, workshops and more:
  • The classroom will seat about 100 theater-style or about 75 for dinner;
  • There are 25 rectangular (72-inch) tables available;
  • There are 75 blue chairs;
  • A screen is available but the room does not get very dark during the day; 
  • There is a refrigerator and sink in the room.

The Cylburn Mansion

Suitable for meetings, luncheons, small celebrations and flower shows:
  • The first floor will seat 75-100 for dinner in three rooms. On the right side of the first floor, 65-75 can be seated comfortably for a lecture;
  • The porch is also available upon request;
  • There is a warming/prep kitchen available upon request.

Various Garden Areas

 Suitable for ceremonies, depending on the season and renovation schedule:
  • Chairs and tables are not provided for outdoors, they must be rented;
  • Tenting is permitted on a limited basis for additional fees.

Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory

 Located in Druid Hill Park, this facility is also available for rent. Please inquire to the event coordinator or visit www.rawlingsconservatory.org.

Rental Rates

Cylburn Arboretum Conceptual Master Plan

 In 2004-’05, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Cylburn Arboretum Asssociation developed a large-scale vision for the facilities and grounds of Cylburn. Read the master plan.

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