Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast Blog ...

Just as a luxurious getaway can help restore the spirit, gardens can provide a place for peace and escape – whether a simple backyard garden or magnificently manicured landscapes. Topiary is the ancient art of ornamental gardening, where evergreen shrubs and trees are trimmed and sculpted into fantastical or geometric shapes. One of the world's most magical topiary gardens is within an easy drive north of Rachael's Dowry – Ladew Gardens.

You know it's springtime in Baltimore when Flower Mart returns to Mount Vernon Place. Founded in 1911, it's the Charm City's oldest free public festival. As the name suggests, Flower Mart is a marketplace of vendors offering flowers, plants and all your gardening needs. But wait... there's so much more! Mark your calendar for April 29-30, and come see why Flower Mart has been a Baltimore tradition for 111 years.

You can't visit Baltimore without trying blue crab – Maryland's state crustacean and a Chesapeake Bay delicacy. Blue crabs, with their bright blue claws, are best enjoyed in season and thankfully that's a good portion of the year! Chesapeake crabbing season begins April 1 and runs through December 15, although the biggest, heaviest crabs are typically harvested during the fall months (September to mid-November). Roughly half of the total U.S. blue crab harvest comes from Maryland.