Representations of the states various geographic areas are featured in this five-acre garden. They include a Western Maryland forest, a streamside environment and an Eastern Shore peninsula. In addition, the barrier-free garden contains pleasant ponds; a raised planter with plants of varied textures, tastes and fragrances; and many cultivated plantings. Nestled amid state government office buildings that include the headquarters of the Department of Natural Resources, the garden is named in honor of Mrs. J. Millard Tawes, a former first lady of Maryland. She and Governor Tawes were the states gracious hosts from 1959-1967. Prior to construction of the Tawes State Office Building in the early 1970's, the garden site was a flat cinder lot. For many years, it provided a home for the West Annapolis carnival. The garden is open daily from dawn till dusk; admission, guided tours (by reservation) and many programs are free of charge. The cafeteria is open from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. while the gift shops hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (both are Monday through Friday except state holidays).