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December 2012

12/8 – 12/30/2012 –

Rawlings Conservatory Holiday Show

For those of us who are young at heart or just love the holidays. Join us for the Holiday Poinsettia Show and Train Garden at the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park Friday December 8th – December 30th 2012.

For a sneak peak, visit on Friday December 7, 6 – 8 p.m. for a special viewing plus light fare.

For more information or tickets go to

Rawlings Conservatory Holiday Show

12/13/2012 –

Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer

Caroline County Chamber of Commerce announces a location for the 2012 Holiday Mixer. It is with great honor and anticipation that Tanglewood Conservatories will host the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Holiday Mixer. This event, featuring light hors d’ovoures and a cash bar, will take place inside Tanglewood Headquarters at 15 Engerman Avenue Denton, Maryland, Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 5 – 7 pm.

It is our purest holiday wish to inspire our guests with the rich history of this magical art form. Our hope for this holiday season is to bring you joy and peace by sharing our passion and sparking your imagination. Welcome.

October 2012

10/23/2012 –

The Great Conservatories of the 19th Century –

A lecture given by Tanglewood founder and Director of Architecture is scheduled for October 23rd at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Explore the rich history of great conservatories of centuries past. Learn about their architectural significance in a time when building with glass was unheard of. Revisit the tales of woe that befell some of these beautiful spaces forever lost in time-including several right here in Maryland. Hear stories of many of these amazing structures around the world that have endured the ravages of time and budget cuts to influence modern conservatories today.

Visit the Academy of Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for more information.

10/27/2012 – 11/11/2012 –

The Dragon’s Garden –

The Dragon’s Garden – Elements of the Chrysanthemum is a display at the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park Baltimore.

Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China and later adopted as the crest and official seal of the Emperor of Japan. This year’s annual Chrysanthemum Display features any forms of these beautiful flowers including footballs, spoons, exotic spiders, incurves and others in Asian-themed gardens. Oct. 27 – Nov. 11, Sneak Peek Night: Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8 pm.

August 2012

8/20/2012 –

Calling all Classical design professionals…

Classical architecture in America is celebrated by a growing number of regional award programs sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art. Among the newly inaugurated awards are the Stanford White Awards for works in for New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut region.

Paul Gunther, President of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art writes in his recent newsletter: “The new Stanford White Award follows the example of the chapter-driven regional and project specific offerings first launched six years ago by the Southeast Chapter with its seminal Philip Trammell Shutze Awards and as now enlivened in New England with the Charles Bulfinch Awards, in Texas with the John Staub Awards, and in Florida with its upcoming, inaugural Addison Mizner Awards. And I can now announce, with great pleasure and excitement, the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Judith & Robert Newman Awards, currently slated for the fall of 2013. The chapter will also be awarding The Rocky Mountain Medal to honor an overall body of work that reflects the rich heritage of the traditional arts in the region.”

“All the Awards stand together as cogent measure of present-date excellence alongside the enduring career achievement afforded by the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition slated in its 32nd year…”

See the ICAA website for details of their mission and programs.

June 2012

6/6-9/26/2012 –

Come for the Farmers’ Market, Stay for the Rawlings Conservatory!

Druid Hill Farmers Market

Tanglewood Conservatories is a proud supporter of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, MD. Established in 1888 as the Druid Hill Conservatory, the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory has grown from the original Palm House and Orchid Room to include three greenhouses, two display pavilions and outdoor gardens. And now, the Druid Hill Farmers’ Market is back for its second season.

The market is located at 3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, MD—directly in front of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. The season runs every Wednesday (excluding July 4th), 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., from June 6th to September 26th, 2012. The Farmers’ Market features fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, meat, and eggs. In addition, there is an extensive schedule of free programming, including music, art and gardening workshops, 4-H demonstrations, kids crafts and story time, family yoga, hay rides, and a Summer Solstice Party.

All programs are free thanks to the generous contributions of volunteers and sponsoring organizations like the Friends of Druid Hill Park, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council, and Black Bottom Farm. The Rawlings Conservatory will be staying open until 7 p.m. on market nights, so market-goers may enjoy the diverse plant material native to ecosystems from around the world in Baltimore’s own Victorian glass house.

For more information, including the complete program schedule, please visit or

May 2012

5/1/2012 –

American Institute of Architects

Tanglewood Conservatories is pleased to present our exquisite glass architecture at the 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention & Design Exposition being held in Washington, D.C., May 17-19. Our company’s exhibit will feature premier projects from our body of work in designing and handcrafting old-world conservatories, estate greenhouses, pool enclosures, and custom domes & skylights. Builders, architects, and design professionals will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Tanglewood architecture & design staff during the three-day event.

The American Institute of Architects has been a leading professional membership organization for architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for its members in service to society. They carry out their goal through advocacy, information, and community—providing continuing education experiences as well as market research, standard-setting industry contract documents and web-based resources for emerging architecture professionals. AIA’s National Convention is the industry’s most comprehensive national event, and attracts thousands of architects and design professionals each year.

March 2012

3/31-4/15/2012 –

“Tip Toe through the Tulips and more…” is the theme of the spring show at theRawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD. Visit the Rawlings Conservatory March 31-April 15, 2012 to spend a wonderful afternoon meandering thru an historic conservatory filled with beautiful spring flowers.

Rawlings Conservatory

The conservatory in Druid Hill Park, formally recognized as the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory, offers a unique opportunity to see the creative spirit of a great historic glass structure up close AND to enjoy spring in all its colorful and aromatic glory.

The show is open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10am to 4pm through April 15th. A special SNEAK PEEK PARTY will be held on Friday, March 30th, 6-8pm. For more information, call 410-396-0008 or visit the Conservatory’s website at:

February 2012

2/29/2012 –

Tanglewood Conservatories recently hosted members of the 2012 Achieving Chief Executive Success (ACES) program with dinner and a presentation of the company’s products and future career opportunities for local students.

Since 2007, the ACES program has brought together each year more than a dozen teachers from the Caroline County school system and representatives from local businesses. ACES is open to teachers at the elementary, middle and senior high school levels. Each month during the program a different company hosts the group at their facility, providing a tour and talking about what the company does. Through these encounters, the teachers are given the opportunity to learn more about the businesses around them and the key classroom skills which will bring their students future success in the business world.

Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture, Alan, gave the group a tour of the company’s 40,000 sq. ft. workshop, showing them the work in progress for several US-based clients, as well as one in Africa. He discussed how work flows through each department of the company—from marketing/sales all the way through installation/servicing-highlighting the workplace skills required for each area. The group then had an informal dinner while taking part in a think-tank discussion of pairing classroom skills/attitude with those required in the workplace.

January 2012

1/13/2012 –

Tanglewood Conservatories reduces waste by donating leftover scrap wood to theChesapeake Woodturning Guild (CW).

wood and copper vaseSince 1992, the mid-Atlantic based CW group has been a certified chapter of the American Association of Woodturners(AAW). The group brings together beginner, intermediate, and advanced turners (some with national recognition!), all with the shared mission of providing education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood. Chuck Engstrom and Tim Moore from CW visited Tanglewood Conservatories recently to pick up some Sapele scrap that otherwise would have been destined for the dumpster. In return, they presented Tanglewood president Alan with a handsome set of salt and pepper mills ‘turned’ from leftover Sapele wood.

Woodturning is a form of woodworking which uses a lathe. It differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is actually moving, while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Various tools and techniques are used to coax a shape out of the wood. In some cases, wood that is still ‘green’ is initially shaped, then set aside to dry (or ‘season’) for a period of time, and eventually the shaping is resumed to create the final product. Extraordinary wooden bowls, ornaments, vases, pepper mills, platters, and even magic wands can be created. Nearly all types of wood are used, and sometimes multiple types are married in a single project (called ‘segmented turning’) to create a beautiful pattern from the color and grain variations in the different wood species. Woodturning projects can take months to complete, and works from master woodturners can cost several thousand dollars.