Celebrate nature with fine art and the fragrant blooms of the American Lotus Blossom at the Lotus Blossom Nature & Art Show at Mount Harmon in Earleville, Md.


1. Mount Harmon

Nestled on a Maryland peninsula, Mount Harmon serves as a living history to the estate’s heyday during colonial times, when it was once a thriving tobacco plantation. Tour the Manor House for a glimpse of how its owners once lived or step outside and tour the newly built smokehouse and boat dock.

Bonus: Mount Harmon Executive Director Paige Howard says that the boat dock means that boaters can arrive just the way colonial visitors would have more than a century ago.

2. The floral centerpiece

This time of year, McGill Creek, located just behind the Manor House is teeming with hundreds of American lotus blossoms in full bloom. At their full peak, they fill the surrounding air with a sweet smell that has to be experienced to be explained or believed.

“They are considered rare because they only like certain areas,” Howard explains. “But, they date back to Native Americans who ate their tubers as an important spring food source.”

3. On display

In addition to the natural splendor of the grounds, the Friends of Mount Harmon bring in a host of fine art, antique dealers, local food, musicians and living history displays and demonstrations. Actually, more than 30 exhibitors have been invited to participate.

“There will also be textile spinners who will be able to demonstrate how looms were once used to turn fiber into tapestry,” said Howard. “The kids will also have a chance to try it out for themselves.”

Another tent will feature a native plant sale, as well, introducing local produce. There will also be an antique Lotus car show for car buffs, featuring the famous British brand.

4. Modern conveniences

It’s not just about the colonial life. Hungry visitors can eat their fill of Real McCoy BBQ or Kilby Creamery ice cream, courtesy of the KC Moo Mobile.

Not into barbeque or ice cream? Stroll the grounds and peruse the artwork with a glass of Crow Vineyard and Winery’s wine. The third-generation, family-owned winery is considered a classic example of how to sustain both profitability and the natural environment of the farm, which also produces grass-fed Angus beef and home-grown veggies.

5. Meet a couple of the artists

Donna Winterling’s paintings are expressions of the inner qualities of life — beauty in simplicity, bounty and balance in the natural environment and the cyclical nature of life. As a painter, she is drawn to nature and likes to explore and portray the impact it has on life. Watercolor is her preferred media for expression and through the use of a limited palette of  primarily transparent colors, she builds rich layers of glazed hues and textures.

Backlog Pottery features old fashioned crocks made from native Maryland clay, dug from the banks of the Susquehanna River. They are reminiscent of the pottery once used for preserving food; Now, they commemorate people, places and special events.  Backlog Pottery creator since 1982, Maggie Creshkoff  has lived off of the very dirt used in her work, on a farm in northern Maryland.  She studied American History at Antioch College and then ceramics at the Instituto Allende in Mexico.