California was so last year! This year, discover Frederick County, Maryland’s blossoming wine industry as you visit the region’s best gardens, old and new. Located in Maryland’s Piedmont Plateau, Frederick County features the rolling hills of its famous horse country and the right mix of rocky, low-fertility soils, regular breezes, sunshine, and rain that makes it perfect for growing grapes and cultivating gardens. Start the day at Surreybrooke, an historic, twenty-acre former dairy farm with extensive gardens and an 1860s farmhouse that complements its boutique garden center, which offers a variety of unique material for the discerning horticulturist.
Next, travel to High Glen Gardens, a private sixty-four-acre estate at the base of the Catoctin Mountains, with formal gardens, a newly restored wet meadow, and an ornamental reforestation project. You'll have the entire property to yourself as an exclusive guest to enjoy lunch and local wines in High Glen’s refurbished 1930s bank barn and learn about their recent master planning process from Executive Director Pete Couchman and Architect Allan Summers of Robinson Anderson Summers Landscape Architects. A tour of the private estate follows to illustrate the features of the master plan and fantastic gardens. End the day at Black Ankle Vineyards for a close-up look at their vines, top-notch barrel aging room, wine library, and green roof, followed by a seated wine tasting and free time to enjoy additional wine and tasty snacks available for purchase.
Lunch will be provided. Sponsorship generously provided by High Glen Gardens.
Please note: Not all areas of Surreybrooke and High Glen Gardens are handicapped-accessible. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this tour.
Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.
(Photo credit: C. Kurt Holder)