May Day is one of the most beautiful days in Annapolis. On May 1 the doors of homes and businesses in our centuries old city are adorned with baskets full of fresh cut flowers and colorful ribbons. If you haven't yet treated yourself to a stroll along the streets of Annapolis' Historic District on this day of days, this is the year to indulge.
What began as a Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne beautification project in 1956 has grown into a 60 year old tradition in which residents and business owners compete for winning ribbons and an invitation to the Garden Club's Annual Tea.
If you start your day early, you'll catch the flowers at their best. To be considered in the judging, all baskets must be hung by 10:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. for business entries this year) That's when the 25-strong Garden Club membership takes to the streets of the Historic District and Murray Hill to begin the annual judging. With a 60 year track record, they have it down to a system. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might just catch them in action. They'll be carrying baskets of flowers decorated with streamers as they walk around awarding blue, pink, yellow, and purple ribbons.
Ribbons are pinned to winning baskets in several categories. All of the lucky winners will be invited to an old time tea at the home of a Garden Club member. The special occasion makes all of the hours that go into creating a stunning floral display well worth it. Winners who attend the tea will feast on traditional tea sandwiches, cookies, and petit fours, some made from the same recipes of 60 years ago.
Don't miss this once a year, rain or shine event, to see Annapolis in all of its spring glory. Regardless of whether they capture a ribbon, all of the baskets are winners, and if you take the time to walk our streets and take in the beauty of May Day in the City of Flowers by the Bay, you'll be the lucky grand prize winner!