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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

April 15, 22

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Jun 3, 10, 17, 24

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

Opening Day at Ladew Gardens

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Ladew Gardens opens today, Monday, April 1, 2013, for the start of it’s 42nd season delighting visitors from near and far! Named one of the top 5 gardens in North America in 2012, Ladew is a must-see.  The topiary is always amazing and the spring flowers are blossoming.

Upcoming events at Ladew include My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races (April 13th) and the Garden Festival (May 4th).  Throughout the spring and summer, attend a Garden Series lecture, bring the kids for Storytime in the Garden, or share a fun-filled time with the entire family at a Sunday evening summer concert.

Just a 30-minute drive separates Ladew’s lovely topiaries and Gramercy Mansion‘s landscaped gardens and Koinonia organic farm (the oldest organic farm in Maryland).  A true retreat for garden lovers… book your B&B stay at Gramercy and wander the gardens and farm at your leisure, then hop in the car for a scenic drive to Ladew Gardens.  Enjoy two of the most beautiful gardens in Baltimore county!

Hope to see you tiptoeing among the tulips this spring!

Early Spring Gardens

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy Spring!  While the east coast’s most famous groundhog and notorious weather prognosticator “Punxsutawney Phil”  may have predicted an early spring this year, it looks like some chilly winter temperatures are sticking around through this first week of the season in the Baltimore area.  Not to worry, our daring daffodils are peeking out along the driveway and in the front garden beds and the fresh, lovely colors of more spring blooms are sure to follow soon!

Plan your April visit to Gramercy Mansion Bed & Breakfast and enjoy these lovely spring flowers in the gardens during your stay…

Magnolia tree at Gramercy Mansion

Blooming magnolia tree

Daffodils at Gramercy Mansion

Sunny daffodils welcoming spring

The shade garden boasts vinca vine, star magnolia, and daffodils lesser celandine

Garden border at Gramercy Mansion

Deputy Dawg guards the border