Gar­den Glo­ries

Fawn­ing over flora, from del­i­cate or­chids to soar­ing maples, at green spa­ces with his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture.

Where Baltimore - - CONTENTS - BY BROOKE SABIN


For the Palm House at the Rawl­ings Con­ser­va­tory (page 21), Fred­er­ick took in­spi­ra­tion from other Vic­to­ri­an­era build­ings like Lon­don’s Kew Gar­dens. Sun­light fil­ters through the fronds of 14 palm va­ri­eties, while the ad­join­ing or­chid room dis­plays blooms in a Monet-wor­thy pal­ette. In the green­houses, flora—from prickly cacti to fra­grant laven­der—thrive in repli­cated world en­vi­ron­ments. Out­door flower beds fea­ture a circa-1890 sun­dial that in­di­cates the so­lar time in cities around the globe.

Sum­mer Home

Af­ter the Civil War, Quaker busi­ness­man Jesse Tyson com­mis­sioned Fred­er­ick to de­sign the man­sion that’s now the cen­ter­piece of 207acre Cyl­burn Ar­bore­tum (page 21), Bal­ti­more’s largest public gar­den. The man­sion, serv­ing as staff quar­ters open to the public, re­tains its Ital­ianate cupola, ta­pes­tries and mo­saics. Mar­ble li­ons “Leo” and “Cleo” gaze across grounds that fea­ture an apiary, a car­riage house turned na­ture mu­seum, a gazebo and plots of aza­leas, roses, daylilies and dahlias. In the Larrabee Habi­tat Gar­den, showy peren­ni­als and fruit­ing shrubs at­tract wildlife like bees and but­ter­flies, while the three and a half miles of wooded trails draw hik­ers, bird watch­ers and dog walk­ers. Some of the orig­i­nal trees, planted by Tyson in the late 1800s, still stand.

Rawl­ings Con­ser­va­tory

Cyl­burn Ar­bore­tum

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