A true Marylander's May Day Celebration basket. Photo by Debra Lambert

May Day Baskets Around Annapolis

For the last 69 years, the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne has been encouraging Annapolitans to celebrate the advent of spring with colorful May Day baskets. Displayed on doors and in front of businesses, the stunning blooms welcome both residents and out-of-towners to get out and explore the historic district.

The most spectacular displays are awarded coveted blue ribbons, which include an invitation to an upcoming May Day Tea.

We’ve chosen a select group of our favorite blooms, but we’d love to see more! If you have some great photos, please send them to [email protected] to get featured.

According to Visit Annapolis, the May Day tradition in Maryland’s capital goes back to 1956, when the Garden Club formed with 25 members and annual dues of $1. They decided to take on an annual project to bright the community. A member suggested floral arrangements could be hung in baskets, and the idea was so popular the club had to divide the judging into four districts.

The contest has stood the test of time and gives us as a great excuse to wander Annapolis.

Some of the baskets are still on display, but if you missed the May 1st festivities, you still have a chance to check out May Day events in downtown Easton, Talbot County. On Friday, May 3, the celebration includes flower displays, a gallery walk, an outdoor movie, kids’ activities and even carriage rides.