The Howard County Conservancy’s Honors Garden opened in the spring of 2006. The 1.36 acre garden is an ideal way to honor individuals or organizations in a natural setting. Senator James Clark, a founding member of the Conservancy, dedicated the Honors Garden in memory of his late brother, John L. Clark. Trees, shrubs and flower beds with recognition plaques line walkways and seating areas, creating a beautiful and peaceful garden. Native plants and native plant cultivars are selected based on sustainability at each planting site. These plants provide a colorful seasonal display and offer practical ideas to homeowners interested in native plant gardening.
We continue the pervious paver stone pathway. The Conservancy has received grant funding from the Maryland State Highway Administration to install pervious paver stones to portions of the pathway within the Honors Garden. A new addition to this paver stone pathway is planned for winter of 2018. The goal of this project is to increase visitor accessibility while allowing rainwater to infiltrate. We have recently added engraved paver stones as a sponsorship option.
Gifts for the Honors Garden will be accepted in honor of, in memorial, or in celebration of individuals or organizations. Options available, starting at $500, include stonewalls, a gazebo, benches, small trees, shrubs, perennial beds and engraved paver stones and stepping stones. The cost covers the planting, a recognition plaque, and maintenance. It may take up to a year for new features to be installed. Occasionally special events are held in this garden. If you would like to check the schedule, please contact our office. If you are interested in dedicating a garden element or have questions, please contact Tabby Fique for further information.
The John L. Clark Honors Garden is just one component of the Arboretum at the Conservancy, which also includes the gardens and plantings around the historic house, outbuildings and the demonstration gardens.