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November 2011

11/30/2011 – Tanglewood Conservatories has recently been selected to receive the “ExportMD Award”. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development’s International Investment and Trade Office awards this grant to Maryland’s small and mid-sized companies to help offset some of the costs of marketing internationally. Companies are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses associated with an international marketing effort.

Tanglewood submitted a proposal and has been recognized for its export initiatives, particularly in Asia. Company co-founders, Alan and Nancy Virts, will be traveling to China in late November to further explore export opportunities for the company’s hand-crafted custom conservatories and estate greenhouses.

October 2011

10/29 – 11/20/2011 – “Mums & Memories: A Look at Baltimore’s Horticultural Past” is the theme of a new show at the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. View the many forms of chrysanthemums from huge football mums, exotic spiders, quills, spoons, incurves, and more. Hundreds of exquisite specimens complement a history exhibit that tells the story of horticulture in Baltimore from the mid-1850’s.

The show is open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10am to 4pm, through November 20th. For more information, call 410-396-0008. Visit the Conservatory’s website at:

All proceeds directly benefit the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens.

10/5/2011 – Tanglewood Conservatories has been selected among competing manufacturers worldwide to design and build a one-of-a-kind conservatory for an estate in Africa. The company was selected after an 18-month search effort, during which the client and their architect visited various manufacturer’s facilities around the globe. At each location, they met with design and construction team members to determine the company best-suited to handle the intricacies of this unique project.

Tanglewood was ultimately chosen because of its craftsmanship and because of its ability to bring the existing development plans to a higher level of architectural detail with proportion, design, and artistic quality.

The conservatory structure will be a large, freestanding Orangery in the ‘French Country’ style and will be constructed in Tanglewood’s workshop of imported African hardwood. While such a structure typically has an all-glass roof, the client opted to forego this feature, choosing a solid roof instead. Set into the mahogany frame will be encapsulated leaded stained glass panels with tempered outboard and inboard lights. The client was drawn to Tanglewood’s quality of design, craftsmanship, ability to listen and collaborate, and flexibility in meeting their needs.

The completed Orangery is planned to be installed at the home site in Africa in Summer 2012.

September 2011

9/1/2011 – A 21′ x 13′ handcrafted Georgian-style conservatory created by Tanglewood Conservatories will be one of the auction items up for bid at an October event to benefit Preservation Maryland, an organization dedicated to preserving Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites through outreach, funding and advocacy.

The conservatory for the auction was originally destined for San Francisco, to provide breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the owners’ home overlooking the Presidio. A job-related move for the owners interrupted the project, and Tanglewood Conservatories arranged for the unfinished conservatory to be donated.

The event will be held on October 9, from 4pm to 7pm at the Wye House Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Talbot County, MD. Tours of the property will be offered during the event, and a photographic exhibit of the area’s 365 National Register properties will be on display. Traditional local fare and libations will be served. For more information, please call 410-685-2886 or visit Preservation Maryland.

June 2011

6/17/2011 – Tanglewood Conservatories was honored with the “Better with Less” award by Maryland Comptroller and WBOC News reported on the story.

April 2011

4/16 – 5/1/2011 – “Spring into Neverland” is the theme of a new show at the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. Join Peter Pan and Wendy as they Spring into Neverland! The folks at the Conservatory and Botanic Gardens have added a new twist to the familiar story of the boy who refused to grow up. Their Neverland features the delightful colors and fragrance of spring flowers…hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies.

Open House on April 16th from noon – 4:00 pm with tours, children’s crafts and lilies available for purchase.

The show is open Wednesday – Sundays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm through May 1st. For more information, call 410 396 0008. Visit the Conservatory’s website at:

4/7/2011 – Maryland Business and Enterprise Development officials visit Tanglewood Conservatories.

Maryland Assistant Secretary Robert L. Walker and Program Director Jorge L. Austrich toured Tanglewood Conservatories’ design and manufacturing facility and met with Alan, the President of Tanglewood.

Of interest to the Secretary was the vitality of the company. Potential export opportunities for Tanglewood and other Maryland companies were among the topics discussed as well as opportunities for the State of Maryland to offer assistance.

Tanglewood Conservatories is one several highly specialized manufacturing companies located in the rural areas on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore.

Secretary Walker pointed out that Maryland was the first State to open an export assistance office in China many years ago. Governor Martin O’Malley will be visiting China with a delegation of Maryland business leaders in June and Alan has been invited to participate.

Program Director Jorge L. Austrich, Secretary Robert L. Walker and Jok Walsh accompany Tanglewood Conservatories’ President, Alan on a tour of the company’s design and manufacturing plant.