Glass House Gardens

Glass House Gardens

Swampscott, MA
Alpine/rock garden, Garden structure/sculpture, Woodland/shade garden

The Glass House is a modernist home designed in 1957 by Martin Bloom, a Harvard graduate and student of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus School. Carefully sited on an acre of wooded grounds, the house interacts with the landscape through walls of glass, framing views and blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. There are five distinct outdoor gardens/spaces wrapping around the house. The unassuming front yard garden gives way to a planting of bamboo anchoring the elevated deck. The back of the house has a rocky outcrop garden framed by mature trees. A bend in a stone path surprises a visitor with a moon gate that leads to two distinct courtyard gardens where conifers have the presence of living sculptures throughout the changing seasons.

The close interaction of the house and the gardens was recently captured in a piece by Tovah Martin, featured in the March/April 2021 issue of New England Home Magazine.  

Open Days 2021: Sunday, July 25
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Partial wheelchair access

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