Learn how the Garrett family altered the natural landscape and built environment at Evergreen over the course two generations (1878-1952). The tour, updated in 2022 for the bicentennial of the birth of famed American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, features bonus information on his professional evaluation of Evergreen and the Garrett family’s subsequent interaction with his storied landscaping firm.

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PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must check-in at the museum Gift Shop to receive a map and instructions prior to embarking on the tour.


  • When can I take a tour of the gardens and grounds?

    Self-guided tours of the gardens and grounds are available during regular operating hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum’s gate is locked promptly at 4 p.m. each day.

    Please note: All visitors must check-in at the museum Gift Shop before touring the grounds.

  • Does it cost money to take a tour of the gardens and grounds?

    No, self-guided tours of the gardens and grounds are free.

  • Is the tour available if it’s raining/snowing or otherwise inclement weather?

    Tours are weather-dependent and may be curtailed, postponed, or canceled at the discretion of the museum staff. If you have a question, call the museum for the most up-to-date information (410-516-0341).

  • How long does the tour take?

    Generally, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

  • What will I see on the tour?

    The tour surveys the exterior of Evergreen Museum & Library; its lawns, terraces, and formal gardens; the exterior of the property’s original Carriage House; and views of meadows, wetlands, and woods.

  • How can I see inside the museum?

    Docent-led tours of Evergreen Museum & Library are available Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. They must be booked online in advance.

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  • Is the tour fully accessible?

    Portions of the tour are accessible, but the full tour requires walking on uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. To request accommodations, please call the museum at 410-516-0341.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Only registered service animals are allowed on-site.

  • Can I bring food/drinks?

    You may bring your own water, but a carry-in/carry-out policy is in place. Please no food.