White, Alexander Robinson and Mary Louisa Carter 1890's-1926
White, John G. 1932-1965
White, Hannah I. 1932-1965
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United States of America, Maryland, Baltimore County, Relay
Glennhurst (Relay, Maryland)
Glennhurst dates back to 1890 when the property was purchased by Alexander Robinson White. It consisted of many outbuildings including barns for the cows, a chicken house, and several small greenhouses. Some of the ornamental shrubbery that still stands today was propagated from cuttings and raised in these houses. Japanese tree peonies now flourish where the greenhouses once stood. Situated by the main entrance, is a water pump set over a stone lined hand dug well. When the pump was in use, the Whites shared this water with passing hikers traveling the steep hill to and from Patapsco State Park. Its availability was made known by a little sign along a pathway from the main road. In 1929 a road was established on the southwest side of the home to accommodate parking for family and friends who attended the funeral service of Mrs. Mary Louisa Carter White which was held at her home.
Glennhurst is situated at the top of a hill which at one time afforded you a clear view of the Patapsco River. What was once a pasture for cows has been developed into a woodland setting enabling deer to prosper. The property is surrounded by an eight foot high deer fence which protects the gardens. A meandering stream, just downhill, forms the northeast boundary of the property.
The property features a Magnolia grandiflora propagated from seed by the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Louisa Carter White and old fashioned pink climbing roses planted by the water pump by Mrs. Mary Louisa Carter White. The driveway encircles a Japanese cryptomeria that was planted in 1981. The original lilacs and peonies still adorn the main lawn. An allee has been created by the white pine and hemlock trees, which leads to a wall of Dr. Van Fleet climbing pink roses, European larch, Cedrus atlanticus, and Chinaquapin. The old cow barn provides a backdrop for blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries planted by the current owner.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alexander R. White & Mary White (former owners, 1890-1932), John G. White & Hannah I. White (former owners, 1932-1965).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, and other information.