Jefferson Patterson Park is home to a variety of gardens; ranging from the formal gardens of the Patterson's home, to the traditional Native American village garden. Over the years, park staff have also cultivated pollinator gardens, rain gardens and themed native plant gardens.

​With the new horticulture position, we have a staff person dedicated to the care and interpretation of the gardens. Join us as a volunteer for garden workdays, attend an educational workshop, or just come to stroll the grounds as we enhance the park with native plants, food plants, and pollinator-friendly spaces.

Featured Plant: Bee Lawn

Save the bees! For those of us without perfect turf, our lawns can serve as an important source of food for early season pollinators. Mowing high, 3-4 inches, will keep these flowers blooming beautifully, and can promote healthier soil. This photo was taken outside the Administrative Services Building.

Featured in our photo are dandelion, chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle, clover, and speedwell. In the lower middle, look for the leaves of a charming little native ground cover, Carolina geranium (Geranium carolinianum), that blooms late spring into summer. 


​Upcoming Events​​

This event has been cancelled will be rescheduled in the Spring or Summer.


Weekly, staff, and volunteers are welcome to join the horticulturist at Patterson Center to help spiff up the gardens. Tools and gloves are available on-site to borrow, or BYO. 

Bring water and sun protection. Also, a snack or lunch if you want to stay and enjoy the views...

Click here for more information​

April 18 - Earth Day \Garden Installation, 9:30 am-12 pm, 1-3:30 pm                            Cancelled

May 16 - Plant Sale, 9 am-1 pm                                                                                      Flyer ​        

June 27 - Pollinator Week Celebration, 10 am-2 pm                                                       Flyer         Register

July 11 - Butterflies of the Garden: a Survey, 10:30 am-12:30 pm                                  Flyer         Register​

July 18 - Hippy Horticulture Series: Wild-crafted Tea, 10 am-12 pm                               Flyer         Register

July 22 - Hippy Horticulture Series: Homemade Cough Syrup, 10 am-noon                  Flyer         Register

​August 1 - Hippy Horticulture Series: Mullein Muscle Rub, 10 am - noon                       Flyer         Register

August 29 - Wild Edibles Walk, 11 am-1 pm                                                                    Flyer         Register

October 10- Water Bottle Gardens and H2O Exhibit Tour 10 am-noon                           Flyer  ​      

For more information contact Lindsay Hollister, lindsay.hollister@maryland.gov​ or 410-586-8510