It's the season for Christmas gardens, throughout the metropolitan area and in other parts of the state.
In times past, nearly every fire station had some sort of Christmas garden display for children young and old. But with the high level of fire-alarm responses and the lack of community support, the tradition of Christmas gardens in firehouses has nearly vanished.
There are, however, at least six firehouse Christmas gardens around Maryland this year.
*The Baltimore City Fire Department Christmas Garden will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Jan. 6 at the Engine 45 Fire House, Cross Country Boulevard and Glen Avenue, Mount Washington.
*In Baltimore County, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will be open from noon to 9 p.m. today through Jan. 6 at the fire station, 214 Wise Ave. The display will close at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and all day Christmas Day. This garden features several animated tableaux.
*The Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company Christmas Garden display will be open Dec. 15 to Jan. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas and New Year's Day at the fire station, 8506 Fort Smallwood Road, at Rugby Road.
*The Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department's garden will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the fire station on Lawrence Avenue in Leonardtown.
*In Cambridge, the Rescue Fire Company's display will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Jan. 5 at the firehouse, 307 Gay St. The garden will also be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, and Jan. 6. Admission is free but contributions are appreciated.
*In Carroll County, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department will display a garden from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 14 and 21, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23. Admission is $1 for anyone over 6 years old.