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Whipps Garden Cemetery includes numerous small gardens surrounding the gravestones.. You will see the Rose Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Iris Garden. Daffodils are one of the most popular flowers. After their early spring blossoms, bright yellow Celandine poppies cover the cemetery followed by Virginia Bluebells, day lilies, phlox, and other summer flowers. The early tradition of adding liriope along the pathways continues today. Many benches, angels and bird baths are placed throughout.
For a list of all the gardens and a self-guided tour, use this brochure.
This section was the first to be cleared. As it was cleared, head stones coupled with a foot stone were uncovered. Foot stones typically had carved initials to match the headstone. A granite border surrounded the plot and was originally enclosed by an iron railing. A large triple-shaped stone marks the graves of all six of the Gaw’s children (inscribed on one gravestone) who died within a decade of each other from 1846 to 1857. Many children are buried at Whipps, which is a sad reminder of the poor health conditions prevailing in the 1800s. A Maryland state flag adorns each child’s gravesite.
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Sibling of the famous Wye Oak
The oldest white oak in the U.S. stood for more than 450 years in Wye Mills, near Easton, MD. It was 31 ft. in circumference, 96 feet tall, and had a 119 ft. crown spread. The tree showed unusual resistance to oak wilt fungus and gypsy moths. The Wye Oak was toppled during a thunderstorm in 2002. It was cloned by a horticulturist at the University of Maryland by grafting buds from the tree onto seedlings from its acorns. Two seedlings from the Wye Oak’s acorns were planted here and in the Branch & Twig Garden Club section. Another seedling was planted at Mt. Vernon. The white oak is Maryland’s state tree.
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John White Gravesite
John White’s headstone marks the oldest grave in the cemetery, born about 1780 and died in August 1828. Mr. White is the father of William Whipps’ first wife Sarah Earlouger White. William Whipps is the founder of this cemetery. Sarah Earlougher occupied a grave in this family group next to her father.
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