Our garden is lovingly tended by Manick Burton, Michael and Lucas Hanscom. Between them they weed, plant, transplant and cut the grass. Not a small task considering the inn sits on twenty acres, four of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and require particular care.
Manick is in charge of the flowers and perennials.
Michael has taken on the vegetable garden and we are using all its bounty at the inn including asparagus, spinach arugula, rhubarb, raspberries and blackberries.
Lucas cuts the grass and prunes trees when necessary. He is also in charge of the firewood for the wood-burning fireplaces.
Together they take turns looking after our magnificent English box woods. Snow storms and past Hurricanes have been tough on them. With the right care they are recovering slowly and the scent is still as enthralling as it’s always been.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve on Maryland’s Eastern Shore dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the region’s native plants. It is one of Michael and Danielle’s favorite places to walk and only 20 minutes from the inn. 410-634-2847
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. The world’s premier horticultural display garden is about 1-1/2 hours away from our Chestertown Inn and offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses, 11,000 different types of plants and spectacular fountains. 610-388-1000
Birding in the Chesapeake Bay Area
The Chesapeake Bay area is home to hundreds of bird species. Some of the areas most recognizable visitors are Bald Eagles, Osprey, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and Snow Geese.
At Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn we have hosted among many species Wood Ducks, Egrets, Owls, Cedar Waxwing, Cardinals, Finches, Humming Birds and Buzzards. The following Nature Preserves and Wildlife Refuges (Hiking, Birding, etc.) are all a short drive from the Brampton Inn. If you forgot your binoculars, we will be happy to lend you ours.
2,300-acre island habitat featuring nature trails, picnic areas, bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, and more. It is a good cycling destination from the Brampton Inn. 410-639-7056.
1,000 acres of farmland, mature forests, sandy beach, tidal ponds and marshland. Nature trails, open fields, and a waterfront bluff overlooking the Sassafras River. See waterfowl, songbirds, eagles, deer, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, woodchuck. 410-778-1948.
4 ponds stocked with bass and bluegill within 3,800 acre preserve. Hiking, bird and wildlife watching, mountain biking. See woodpeckers, woodcocks, scarlet tanagers, and beavers. 410-928-3650
Chesapeake Farms Wildlife Habitat is a 3,300-acre preserve with a wonderful self-guided driving tour and is home to a variety of birds, deer, fox, bald eagle etc. 410-778-8400. 7319 Remington Drive, Chestertown
2,800-acre preserve on an island featuring nature trails and a wide variety of wildlife viewing. 410-827-7577.