Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour in Frederick, MD

Photo courtesy of Bill Adkins

Dates and Times: May 20-21, 2017, 1–5 p.m. Rain or Shine.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour is a self-guided tour featuring twelve gardens, including both private homes and public spaces, in Historic Frederick, Maryland.  This is a great way to get inspired to beautify your own garden and enjoy a tour of some spectacular properties in the capital region. 

As all of the gardens featured on the tour are provided courtesy of the homeowners, proper garden tour etiquette is requested.  This includes remaining on paths or following directions through the gardens as indicated by the hosts. Parents are asked to prevent children from picking flowers.

2017 Details to Be Announced

2016 Featured Gardens

Creekside House - Owned by Carolyn and Jack Greiner - 24 South Court Street. This casual garden ‘room’ is the perfect spot to escape from the bustle of busy, downtown streets. Clematis and honeysuckle climb a trellis, adding height without creating an overabundance of shade. The leaves and bark of a coral bark Japanese maple contrast with the dark green of the garden fence. An adjacent park adds interest to the view with large, established trees. 

Color on the Creek - Carroll Creek Urban Park at South Market Street. Begun in 2013, the project will boast over thirty varieties of perennial lilies during the 2016 season. Saturday, May 21st will be an active planting session during which visitors will have the opportunity to see the potting, fertilization and placement of the plants in to the Creek. 

The Garden of Greg Campbell and Thom Francis - 118 East Church Street. This home was the previous residence of noted regional sculptor and artist H.I. Gates. His outdoor sculptures filled the front garden for many decades. While the Gates family took these pieces with them when the house was sold to the current owners, visitors will note one sculpture still remaining in the front garden.This figure is the work of Turker Ozdogan, a colleague of H.I. Gates. 

The Historical Society of Frederick County - 24 East Church Street. Surrounded by a charming brick wall, the Heritage Garden situated behind the 1820 Federal style Museum of Frederick County History offers beauty through natural elements and living exhibits. The space also boasts a native plant garden surrounded by rustic locust and white picket fencing, a stone water feature, and masonry benches. For more information, visit

The Garden at VOLT - 228 North Market Street. This fully functional garden is used for summer dining, large scale parties and growing a variety of produce used in the restaurant. The patio offers guests a unique dining experience during warm weather months, while the space beyond is suitable for a variety of activities from backyard barbecues and weddings to cooking demonstrations. Guests venturing to the back of the garden will find mushroom logs, an herb spiral, tomato columns and mounds for root vegetables. For more information, visit

The Garden of Bernie and Dreda Kelley - 103 West Second Street. Boasting a cheerful combination of flowers, decorative shrubs and trees, some of the most interesting plants include cropped cherry trees pruned in a Japanese style, an English boxwood topiary, a mature climbing hydrangea and a large selection of German bearded irises. 

The Garden of Lucy and Kevin Hogan - 120 West Third Street. This casual garden retreat is tucked away in the heart of downtown Frederick. Both shade and privacy are offered by a large, centenarian red cedar and a neighboring wall covered with Boston ivy. A soothing rock fountain further shields the space from the noisy streets just beyond the garden wall.

The Garden of Dennis Hoffman and Brian Klaas - 800 Carroll Parkway. The nearly one acre plot was originally part of a dairy farm that stretched from the current grounds of Frederick High School to Taskers Chance. The family particularly enjoys the “front row seat” their garden affords them to numerous parades, runs, walks and local events held in Baker Park. 

The Garden of Dr. Gerardo Araiza - 109 Kline Boulevard. This spacious garden nestled behind the homeowner’s quiet neighborhood residence is a source of personal enjoyment and relaxation. Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by includes an inviting verandah extending from the back of the home. The roofed porch is surrounded by a fish pond and offers pleasant access to the space from inside. Beyond the veranda are a swimming pool and soothing fountain.

The Garden of Helen Swanson - 100 Fairview Avenue. Originally purchased in the late 1920’s, the boxwoods were first planted at Mrs. Swanson’s childhood home in Pearl, Maryland. The homeowner cherishes fond memories of the shrubs, including playing hopscotch over them as a young girl. They were moved to their current location in the early 1960’s by the homeowner’s mother, and have flourished since. 

The Garden of Malcolm Bohlayer and Jerry Mulcahy - 104 Mercer Court, Apt. 15-8. Boasting a roof top view from five stories above ground, the two terraces that flank this pent house condo are meccas for creative, container gardening. Guests will find an assortment of hardy shrubs interspersed with colorful annuals that enhance the casual charm of these outdoor living spaces.

Schifferstadt’s Heritage Garden - 1110 Rosemont Avenue. Designed to resemble the gardens of early German immigrants, the Heritage Garden at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum serves as a teaching tool to help visitors understand how settlers grew and cooked their food, as well as how they used herbs for healing. The site also boasts an apple orchard populated with a variety of apples grown during the 1700s. Museum docents will be available to share information on 18th century gardening. For more information, visit

Tour Tickets: Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the days of the tour.  Tickets are available online at, or in person at Colonial Jewelers, 1 S. Market Street, Flights of Fancy, 20 N. East Street and the Frederick Visitors Center, 151 S. East Street.

Frederick is located about 40 miles north of Washington DC, on the southern end of Frederick County, just north of Montgomery County. The city is accessible from I-70, I-270, US 15, and US 40. Read more about Frederick, Maryland.

For more information about the local area, See Top 10 Things to Do in Frederick

The Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour is one of many spring tours in the area. Read more about Garden Tours in the Washington DC Area.

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