Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Glen Burnie Gardens

       Being that it is a very hard winter for some folks and
 that we are well past mid winters day let's think of gardens.

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Glen Burnie Gardens In Winchester, Va.)

Glen Burnie is a house very close to where I grew up that was first built in the early 18th century next to a series of springs. Land from the estate was used to establish the town of Winchester, Virginia in the 1740's. About 50 years ago Julian Glass, one of the original family's descendants took over the property and began to restore it with the help of his partner Lee Taylor. After his death it was donated to the City of Winchester as a garden and museum. Above is one of the original spring houses.

Lee Taylor is primarily responsible for establishing the Gardens and what a legacy to leave.

The springs here originally supplied the Town of Winchester with its water.

Notice how the very stylized stone work on the top 2/3s contrasts with the looser work on the bottom.

Living in the arid southwest makes me appreciate the water and the green.

I hope you get some ideas for your garden from this blog.

If you are driving through the Shenandoah Valley this is well worth a stop.