The Living Collection
Over 400 hybrid tea rose bushes grace the Glen Burnie Gardens.
You can rent the gardens for your private special event. Details here.
In addition to devoting himself to the care and creation of the Glen Burnie Gardens, the late Curator of Gardens R. Lee Taylor (1924-2000) was a nationally-known collector of miniature houses. Come see his amazing collection of miniature houses and rooms on display.
The six acres of gardens surrounding the Glen Burnie House
were created beginning in 1956 and evolved over the latter half
of the twentieth century. Today the museum maintains this living collection
in a manner that is sympathetic to the garden creators’ vision
for this landscape.
The museum gardens invite
discovery and support formal entertaining. Outstanding aspects of the
collection include two crab apple Allées, the majestic Grand Allée,
and the intimate Pleached Allée. Boxwood plantings factor highly
in the landscape and were used to create a Parterre Garden and Knot Garden.
The gardens also
contain significant Rose Gardens that are comprised of nearly four hundred
fifty individual plants. The Perennial Garden presents flowers planted
in mirroring patterns, with varieties of dahlias providing fall interest.
The Vegetable Garden is planted in a formal
pattern that changes annually. Finally, the living collection also includes
trout in the Water Garden pond, and Chinese Geese who hold court near
the natural stream on site.
- The gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday April through October. The Glen Burnie House will remain closed until 2014 for a comprehensive preservation project.