2019 Secret Garden Tour

Hammond Harwood Secret Garden Tour PostcardDate:

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2019


Noon to 5:00 p.m 


• $30 per person in advance 

• $35  day of the event 

• 10% discount for group tour of 10 or more purchased in advance.

Half off membership levels available ONLY with the purchase of a ticket

Day of Ticket Pick-Up and Sales at SGT Headquarters:

120 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401


The 2019 historic Hammond- Harwood House Secret Garden Tour features private gardens in the Historic District of Annapolis. The area between City Dock and Spa Creek holds architectural gems from Annapolis’ earliest days as well as Victorian-era and 20th-century homes. The gardens range from extremely small to surprisingly large, from formal to cottagelike, and from well-established to quite new. All the gardens epitomize the goals of the home gardener: to have a beautiful space filled with flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, and other garden elements, a space that is a pleasure to live in and inspirational to work in.
All proceeds from this tour will benefit the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House, an Anglo-Palladian home on Maryland Avenue, and its museum collection of paintings, furniture, and colonial decorative art.

This special event is made possible by the owners who graciously open their outdoor areas for this annual fundraiser.


Become a Tour Supporter

The Secret Garden Tour is an important fundraiser for Hammond-Harwood House.

All proceeds go toward preservation projects and fun, interesting programs that bring history to life. You can help make this year’s Secret Garden Tour a success by becoming a Supporter, Benefactor, or Champion.

Your name will be listed in the tour booklet.

Giving levels:

$50-$99 – Supporter
$100 – $199 – Benefactor
$200 and more – Champion


Events & demonstrations featured in the gardens of the Secret Garden Tour:

Beekeeping & Pollinator Corner

Members of the Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners Beekeeping Project will have a table with information about beekeeping, honeybees, and other pollinators. They will provide information on the life and decline of honeybees and how we can create safe and welcoming habitats for all pollinators by planting native plants and practicing sustainable gardening techniques. An “observation hive” with Plexi-glass windows will provide visitors a close up view of the inner workings of an active beehive with brood and attendant bees — without fear of being stung.


Jan Kirsh Studio sculpture

Kirsh lives and works in concert with nature. Trained in ceramics, sculpture, design and photography, she turned first to landscape design, fulfilling a desire to work within the parameters of her environs. One of her sculptures will be featured in one of the gardens of this year’s tour.   jankirshstudio.com

Paint Annapolis Artists

Professional artists participating in Paint Annapolis 2019 will be painting in some of the gardens. Paint Annapolis is an international premier plein air painting event, that brings people together to share in the spirit and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city – and the first capital of the United States – home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities.

Artists on Saturday are:
Jacalyn Beam (Delaware)
David Diaz (Maryland)
Cynthia Rosen (Vermont)

Artists on Sunday are:
Marilyn Rose (New Jersey)
Bill Rogers (Nova Scotia, Can)
Valerie Syms Martin (Dublin, Ire)
Bruno Baran (Maryland)

Boxwood Workshop
Paul Foster of Barlett Tree Experts will present a workshop about boxwoods on Saturday, June 1, 12 p.m to 2 p.m

A little housekeeping information:

Annapolis has 4 large parking garages in the city.  To learn their location and to even reserve a parking spot, go to www.annapolisparking.com.  There is also a shuttle that goes between the garages and downtown.  On street parking in the business district is by meter. Parking in the residential districts is free but both metered and residential parking are restricted to 2 hours.  All are sign posted.  Garage parking is always the best choice for a worry free stay.


A special thank you to Sponsors and the Volunteer Docents who make it possible.

The event is held rain or shine.

Tickets can be used on either day, or both days.  

Tour starts at: 120 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401