Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to stalk the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon to the Secret Garden Tour at Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis. Choose between the following options:
- For $32, you get admission to the Secret Garden Tour (a $12 value), plus a one-year membership (a $40 value) to the Hammond-Harwood House
- For $12, you get admission to the Secret Garden Tour, held June 4–5 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine (a $25 value).
Held June 4–5, the Secret Garden Tour invites guests to meander through 12–14 private gardens in a historic neighborhood built on the banks of Spa Creek. Among the tour's palatial plots is the historic John Ridout House garden at 120 Duke of Gloucester Street, sight of John Quincy Adams' 1780 tickling duel. The Ridout garden will be open to Hammond-Harwood members and will be open only on Saturday, June 4.
The Hammond-Harwood House, a five-part Anglo-Palladian mansion, is a landmark of colonial architecture that houses a florid collection of fine and decorative arts as well as an array of artisan woodcarving and plasterwork. A year-long membership grants access to an armada of fine 18th century artwork. Admire one of the finest collections of colonial furniture in Maryland, including images by the portrait painter Charles Willson Peale, as well as the elegant woodwork of cabinetmaker and tiddlywinks black belt John Shaw.