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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Press Release: Garden Club and City of Annapolis Encourage May Day Basket Floral Tradition

Press Release
Mayor Gavin Buckley

Public Information Office
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Media contacts: 

  • Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or  or 

  • Karen Morris, Publicity Chair, Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne, 410-212-1879 or

Garden Club and City of Annapolis Encourage 
May Day Basket Floral Tradition on May Day 

Annapolis (April 11, 2023) - Continuing an annual tradition in Annapolis, the 68th Annual May Day Basket competition, sponsored by the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne, will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023. 

For 68 years, the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne has sponsored a May Day Basket competition, where residents and businesses in Annapolis are encouraged to arrange baskets of fresh-cut flowers to display. The Garden Club presents Blue Ribbons for the best baskets in Downtown and Murray Hill neighborhoods. 

“It isn’t truly spring in Annapolis until you see May Day Baskets. They bring color and life to our city and in many ways symbolize the care and commitment of our community,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. 

Residential arrangements must be in baskets and include a card indicating the name of the participant. Merchants can use a container that reflects an element of their business. Children are encouraged to make baskets and will be judged in a special category. Please attach a card with the child’s name and age to their basket. All displays must include first and last name and be out by 10 a.m. on May 1 for judging by Garden Club members. Adult blue ribbon winners will receive an invitation to a special May Day Tea on Thursday, May 4.

Post photos of your favorite baskets on social media and use #MayDayAnnapolis2023. 

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