Glen Magna is a beautiful estate owned by the Danvers Historical Society. I love to visit the gardens at different times of year and watch them change with the seasons. The landscaping is designed to form unique garden “rooms.” Some have interesting features like gazebos, fountains, and trellises--I like walking through them all, but the area with the pergola is my favorite! Glen Magna hosts quite a few private events, and the grounds are open to the public (by donation) only when these are not in progress.
The estate’s mansion is open to all for occasional ticketed events, and the sprawling lawn in front of it is the scene of several programs sponsored by the Historical Society. The McIntire Tea House (also called the Derby Summer House) is another building on the property. Designed by noted Salem architect and craftsman Samuel McIntire, the House is quite a special place. Old and fragile, it is seldom open to the public, but I once had an opportunity to see its tiny interior. It’s always possible to view the exterior. I stand at a distance from the tall, narrow building and walk around to each side in order to take in all its carvings including those on the roof.
In the spring, the Society holds a plant sale with offerings from the gardens. After the official sale ends, the remaining plants are usually sold on the honor system from outdoor tables by the greenhouses.
The grounds are in perfect condition whenever I visit. The need for repairs to the buildings including the greenhouses is quite evident (but these seem to proceed slowly as private funding sources are limited).
Garden lovers should include a stop at Glen Magna if in the area
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