Friends of Druid Hill Park

Rental Information (Rawlings Conservatory, Pavilions, Park Events):


Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The historic Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens is ideal for weddings, birthday parties, social functions, charity events, receptions and company meetings — whether you need an indoor or outdoor setting for your event. 

For information/rates on renting the Rawlings Conservatory contact the Conservatory Events Coordinator, Laurie Boswell (laurie.boswell@baltimorecity.gov)for availability, rates, and a tour of the facilities.


The outdoor venue is lush with flowers, and the gardens feature perennials and annuals splashed with beautiful colors throughout the spring and summer seasons. Indoors, there are five distinctive greenhouse settings, including the original Palm  House from 1888, the Orchid Room, Mediterranean House, Tropical House,  and Desert House. 


Two display pavilions, each with a seating capacity of 48 guests are perfect for receptions or meetings.  The spacious lawns area available for tenting.   


The Conservatory can comfortably accommodate guests at the facility year-round while enjoying the wonderful views and gardens.  Tables and chairs are available for rental. 



Pavilion Rentals and Event Permits

The City of Baltimore requires a permit for organized use of property and pavilions that are under the jurisdiction of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.


Effective, January  2, 2015, all permit applications for Special Events on park property that are open to the general public (ex., Festivals, Concerts, Races, etc.) must be submitted in person to the Department of General Services Permits Office, 200 N. Holliday Street, 1st floor, at least 8 weeks in advance of your event date. Click here for information on holding a special event in the park. 


Visit the permits office website for information, guidelines, and applications for renting pavilions, holding a special event or reserving an athletic field. 


Maryland Zoo in Baltimore


For rental information on Maryland Zoo in Baltimore visit www.MarylandZoo.org