Garden House and Rose Garden

Glen Foerd

Garden House and Rose Garden

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

Created By: Glen Foerd on the Delaware


The garden house that faces the Rose Garden was the head house of five large greenhouses erected by the original owner of Glen Foerd. The greenhouses were altered with new ownership and dismantled entirely by the late 1920s, allowing the rose garden more prominence. At that point, the garden house became a playhouse for the children who lived at the estate, and today it houses gardening supplies.

The rose garden was part of a major redesign of the grounds by Thomas Sears and James Bush-Brown, notable landscape architects. Adjacent to the rose garden, you’ll see two rows of dogwoods: this is the dogwood allee. The trellis of the rose garden is original, and some of the roses that you see are surviving historic plantings. The hollies and dogwoods in the dogwood allee are also partly historic. The Sears and Bush-Brown design also included the many paths and terraces that you’ll see wandering through the grounds. These feature largely remain intact, but are in need of restoration.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Glen Foerd


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