Adkins Arboretum

June 25th, 2009

I haven’t posted in a little while because I was taking a break while vacationing at the beach on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. On our way over to the beach, my wife and I stopped at Adkins Arboretum, a native-plants garden and preserve located right next door to Tuckahoe State Park, along the Tuckahoe Creek.

Trail at Adkins Arboretum

As soon as you get out of your car, you see a butterfly garden comprised entirely of native flowers. With bumblebees and butterflies actively buzzing through the garden, we snapped a few shots of the flowers there.


As we walked toward the visitor center, we had to cross a bridge over the Tuckahoe Creek. I was hoping to see more aquatic plants present, but most were marsh plants, instead of true aquatics. Nevertheless, it was still beautiful, and housed several species of dragonflies and frogs.

Adkins Arboretum

At the visitor center, they were selling a wide variety of plants native to Maryland. I was amazed at how many different plants were available. There’s really not much of a reason why you can’t put together a beautiful flower garden using plants from your area.


We perused through their library and gift shop, and then decided to head out on the trails. The trails are well-kept, and mulched in most areas. They’re certainly more accessible for kids and families then some of the walking paths next door at the state park. That said, there’s also an element of nature that’s lost because of this.


Along the trail, we spotted quite a few different mushrooms and fungi growing. I suspect that they’re loving the above average amount of rainfall that Maryland has been having so far this year.


Even despite the well-manicured trails, we still ended up with several ticks crawling on us, but fortunately none had attached yet. As someone who’s witnessed the effects of tick-borne diseases in someone close to me, please make sure to wear proper attire, and take all precautions when hiking to avoid tick bites. Especially folks in the Mid-Atlantic region, where Lyme and other diseases are prevalent, should take extra care.


Finally, after our jaunt through the woods, we ended up back at the visitor center, where we took one more stroll through their flower garden. I would recommend stopping at Adkins Arboretum to anyone traveling to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It’s just a short drive off of Route 50, the main passage to the shore from the Baltimore/Washington region.


For residents closer, the arboretum seems to run special events quite frequently, which look quite interesting. If you’re in the area, check it out!

4 Responses to “Adkins Arboretum”

  1. Mark F. Says:

    Thanks for this great post, Kris. I’ve lived in Maryland off and on since I was eleven years old, and done much exploring, both with my parents growing up, and as an adult with my own wife and children, and had never heard of the Adkins Arboretum – especially ironic since I think we did once go to Tuckahoe State Park when I was a kid (not sure about that, actually – it just sounds familiar). I’ll definitely stop by the arboretum the next time I head towards or through the Eastern Shore.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post, Mark. Definitely check them out. It’s a great place to get out and walk around for an hour or two on the way to the beach.

  3. Chris Todd Says:

    Nice post and great pics as usual. Glad you got to see Adkins, it’s a really cool place. Amy and I get to mix our hobbies when we go to Tuckahoe State Park to do astronomy observing with the Delmarva Stargazers, and we always make a side trip (or two) to Adkins during the day. The bugs are nasty in the summertime, though, but that’s generally true of that whole region.

  4. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Chris. Yeah, we really enjoyed Adkins. I hope to explore it further in the future, when we have more time. We noticed the bugs in a few places, but it wasn’t as bad as many other parks I’ve been to.

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