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Visit several public gardens in Frederick County to smell the roses.

Public gardens are institutions that maintain collections of plants that can provide education and enjoyment to the public, according to the American Public Gardens Association website, and some can be found in Frederick County.

Two of them are High Glen Gardens in Frederick and Surreybrooke in Middletown.

Public gardens are staffed by professionals trained in their given areas of expertise and maintain active plant records systems, according to publicgardens.org.

High Glen Gardens is a 64-acre private estate at the base of the Catoctin Mountains.

It has approximately 10 acres of formal gardens arranged into garden rooms, including a large perennial border, rose garden, annual beds, koi pond, greenhouse, Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden and English cottage garden, according to publicgarderns.com.

There are also perimeter plantings and open fields as well as newly restored natural areas that include a wetland and upland meadow.

While not open to the general public, group tours are available and can be arranged by invitation. 

Surreybrooke gives visitors the opportunity to experience its extensive gardens and historical outbuildings.

The winding paths lead to colorful borders overflowing with perennials, flowering native shrubs and vines that climb the pergolas, according to Surreybrooke's website. The landscape and earthen ponds are adorned by trees of merit.

Special events can be held at Surreybrooke. The Lark Pavilion provides a covered area for seating and can accommodate around 75 guests.

There are also workshops and events, such as the Music In The Garden Twilight Walk, scheduled for specific dates.

For a list of more public gardens in Frederick, visit the News-Post marketplace.

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