Lovely gardens, centuries-old homes on Maryland tour

April 17, 2005

The annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, which begins Saturday, offers rare glimpses of historic homes and private gardens in six counties.

Proceeds from the tours support local restoration projects.

Here are some highlights of the pilgrimage, which is sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and its affiliates:

April 23, Kent County: Chestertown, including the Custom House and the River House garden overlooking the Chester River.

April 30, Calvert County: Maidstone, a 17th-century country home; Lower Marlboro.

May 7, Howard County: Ellicott City, including the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

May 13, Carroll County: Uniontown; Taneytown; and a garden featuring 250 azaleas, on land once owned by the father of Francis Scott Key.

May 14, Baltimore and Harford counties: Atlanta Hall, home of noted horse trainer Tom Voss, and Ladew Topiary Gardens.

Tickets for each day's tour cost $25 and may be bought at Pilgrimage Headquarters, 1105A Providence Road, Towson, or at any Pilgrimage house on the day of the tour. Information: 410-821-6933 or www.mhgp.org.

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