Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Gramercy Gems & Fun Finds

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

If you’ve never visited as a bed and breakfast or party guest, you probably don’t know about the amazing treasures around every corner at Gramercy Mansion.  I never tire of coming to work… I always stumble upon something new, completely one-of-a-kind, or giggle-worthy to brighten my day.  And I love seeing the look on guests’ faces when they discover a jewel in the eclectic gift shop or ask me to snap a photo next to one of Anne’s treasures.

Many items throughout the Mansion are for sale as part of our gift shop while many others have found a permanent home here. You must visit to have a peek and find your own treasure to take home.  Book a B&B getaway (a few days might give you enough time to start exploring) or stop in for a look around.  Just be sure to call first to make sure there isn’t a private event taking place (410-486-2405).  Or join us for a garden tour on “Tuesdays with Anne” throughout the summer and take in the wonders of her garden sanctuary including charming statues, fanciful sculptures and elf houses, water features, artistic benches and more.

Here are a few of my favorite Gramercy gems captured by Anne’s grandson Justin and myself as we toured the house with fresh eyes today and appreciated all the little whimsical touches… enjoy!

Celebrating Earth Day at Gramercy

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Have you ever thought about how much the Earth gives us? With the blooming flowers and beautiful spring weather, it is only natural to want to spend time outside in the fresh air. In order for us to enjoy our green surroundings, we have to protect the environment. Earth Day is an International environmental movement celebrated every year on April 22 that helps us appreciate and protect our environment.

Here at Gramercy Mansion, our gardens are a prominent element of the mansion, providing a breathtaking backdrop for any event, big or small. From a stroll in the gardens to a gorgeous garden wedding, the flowers never fail to create memories and smiles. Planting flowers around the 45-acre property has many environmental benefits, as well. Planting flowers conserves the land that they grow on, and conservation is just one of the many goals of Earth Day. The flowers are also an important food source for a variety of insects including butterflies and bumblebees. Another significant result of planting flowers is the reduction of carbon in our environment. Not only do flowers create a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, but they also help our environment in immeasurable ways. Click here to explore our garden photo gallery.

Organic farming is yet another way that Gramercy Mansion contributes to the protection of the environment, a prime reason to celebrate this Earth Day. Koinoia Farm is the oldest organic farm in Maryland, not only providing the bed and breakfast with fresh herbs, but also providing them to local supermarkets. Organic farming relies on biological diversity and crop rotation to manage pests and maintain soil fertility, all without the use of harsh chemicals. This healthy way of farming keeps the soil healthy for future generations to come. It also provides nutritious and safe crops for the community.

Our staff makes up just a few of the one billion people participating in Earth Day activities. Even though it may seem small, our gardens and Koinoia Farm help protect the environment through conserving land, reducing carbon, providing food sources, and maintaining soil fertility. What are you doing this Earth Day to join in this environmental movement?

Visit for a bed and breakfast stay this spring and take home one of Anne’s plants from the many varieties now in bloom to begin or add to your own garden.

Tuesdays with Anne

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Join owner Anne Pomykala for a personal tour of Gramercy’s landscaped gardens followed by a picnic lunch on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. ($15 per person).

With vibrant color from April through November, the blooms are constantly changing throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Anne delights visitors with her insights, gardening tips and extensive knowledge of local flora.

Tuesdays with Anne

Jun 3, 10, 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

August 5, 12, 19, 26

Check back for additional dates through October!

$15 per person including lunch!

Call 410-486-2405 or e-mail info@gramercymansion.com by the Monday before to reserve.

A path behind the Mansion winds from a shade garden complete with marble gazebo to a large oval wedding garden.  A heart-shaped garden showcases colorful tulips in early spring. An Edwardian-inspired front garden separates the Mansion and Carriage House.  Over-layered early and late blooming perennials and annuals add depth to borders boasting a continuous wave of color from February’s first snow drops through November.  Whimsical statues, benches, sculptures, sun dials and fountains add to the abounding charm of the property’s gardens.  On a beautiful day, or even a drizzly spring morning, you’ll find Anne tending her gardens.  The Pomykalas purchased the 45-acre estate in 1985 but with much restoration work required in the Mansion itself, the endeavor of creating gardens and landscape to compliment the historic home was not truly underway until ten years later. While much of the property is wooded and seven acres are dedicated to organic farming, about three acres surround the Mansion, Carriage House and cottages with landscaped gardens sprung from Anne’s creativity and passion for nature’s beauty.

Hundreds of couples have celebrated weddings in Gramercy’s gardens and countless B&B guests wander the meandering paths, spying hummingbirds over their morning coffee.  Anne couldn’t be more delighted to share her gardens and she invites you to join her on Tuesday mornings.

The 2014 Tomato War is on!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

tomato seedsIt’s that time of year again… the 2014 Tomato Wars have officially begun between  Bill, our executive innkeeper, and owner Anne!  We’ve leveled the playing field this year and both Anne and Bill are growing the same variety steakhouse hybrid from seed.

Bill holds the record with last season’s 3.2 lb jumbo tomato. While he won’t reveal his growing secrets, we here at Gramercy Mansion think it may have something to do with his four-legged children – Huck, Finn and Riley! ;-)

But don’t count Anne out… she has secret plans of her own.  Stay tuned as we continue our quest for the largest, juiciest, most delicious tomato in Maryland!  If you want to put your green thumb to the test and join the competition, send us updates and pics of your tomato plants at Facebook.com/GramercyMansion.

The War Has Ended…But Not the Tomatoes!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Can you believe?  It really is a chess game.  Bill’s three tomato plants are still producing. But Anne promises retaliation for 2014.  A new section previously used for grass cutting and fall leaves has been plowed and shows good rich top soil.

And We Have A Winner…

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bill Duffy standing proud with one of his many tomatoes

Congratulations to Bill Duffy, our Executive Innkeeper, for winning the tomato wars this season!

Anne promises next year to deliver a victorious win and gain her title back as “Tomato Queen.”

Can anyone out there in the Bed and Breakfast business or with a culinary garden beat out Bill’s 2.3 lb tomato? We would love to hear from you.

Last night's pick of Bill's tomatoes

Let The Tomato Wars Begin!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

At Gramercy, our executive innkeeper, Bill Duffy, is a tomato connoisseur and he and Anne have a running tomato war.  This year, Anne with Gramercy’s kitchen garden won round one with the first picked ripe tomato.  But Bill had a resounding comeback today bringing in five  4 to 5 inch fully ripened fruits with a ten on the flavor side.  Try Gramercy’s breakfasts which include Bill’s tomatoes (and home baked breakfast cakes) as well as the heirlooms Cherokee Purple, Bandywine,  Soldaki and old favorites like yellow pears and other organic herbs and vegetables from our kitchen garden.

July Gardens in Bloom

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Flowers are key for Gramercy Mansion Bed & Breakfast in July & August. Explore the many paths winding beneath canopies of mature trees and behind the property’s Olympic-sized outdoor pool.  Take a refreshing dip to escape Maryland’s hot and humid summer afternoons.  Relax on a charming garden bench in the shade for peaceful birdwatching and butterfly-gazing.

Lower Garden Pathway

Connector Path with Blue Bench

Wedding walk entry to porch with daylilies

West side of house with daisies

Fragrance of Summer Tea & Garden Tour

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Fragrance of Summer High Tea and Garden Tour

at Gramercy Mansion

June 2nd

&

June 30th

1-4 pm

Join us for an afternoon in the gardens at Gramercy! Enjoy a delightful three- course high tea followed by guided tours of the Mansion and beautiful gardens. Come experience all the wonderful fragrances of summer! Our summer tea is open to the public but space is limited so make your reservations now!

$35 per person plus tax and service.

Reservations and payment required in advance.

Contact Maria at 410-486-2405

Menu soon to follow…

A Mother’s Day Tea & Garden Tour

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

SOLD OUT!

*Menu Update*

Join us to celebrate the special women in your life with a tasty afternoon tea followed by tours of our historic home and the gorgeous spring gardens this Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 12th

1-4 pm

Gramercy Mansion

1400 Greenspring Valley Rd

Stevenson, MD 21153

$35 per person plus tax and gratuity

Space is limited, reservations and payment required in advance. This event is sure to sell out quickly so reserve your space now!

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations!

High Tea Menu

Menu prepared by Rouge Fine Catering

and presented by the innkeepers of Gramercy Mansion

Hors D’oeuvres

Classic Deviled Eggs

Smoked Paprika and Fried Capers

Insalata Caprese Skewer

Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella garnished with Fresh Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Plain Croissants

Rich Buttery Pastry

Fruit Skewers

Watermelon, Pineapple, Strawberries & Honeydew

Tea Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Mini Sandwich

on Whole Wheat Bread

Roasted Vegetable Slider

Zucchini, Eggplant, Roma Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pesto on Seven Grain Bread.

Fried Green Tomato BLT Slider

Cornmeal Crusted Fried Green Tomato,

Applewood Bacon & Creamy Cole Slaw on Rye Bread.

Desserts

Giant Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Sun-Ripened Strawberries hand dipped with White and Dark Chocolate

Mini Cheese Cakes

House-made, delicious Mini-Cheese Cakes, topped with Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries and Blackberries

Served with a variety of English and herbal teas