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Mount Vernon Garden Tour and Dinner - To be Rescheduled
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 2:30 PM until 8:00 PM
is temporarily unavailable
THE IMPACT OF THE LATE SPRING ON LOCAL GARDENS HAS NECESSITATED A RE-SCHEDULING OF THIS EVENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AS WE RESEARCH FUTURE OPTIONS.
With the exception of the second floor of the mansion, Mount Vernon and all facilities are ADA compliant. Many outdoor surfaces, however, while flat or gently sloping, are gravel and walker or wheelchair use can be challenging.
Dinner includes salad; your entree choice of bacon-wrapped meatloaf, salmon filet with Hollandaise sauce, or seasonal vegetarian option; George's favorite dessert; and your choice of coffee, tea, or soft drink. Alcoholic beverages and coffee specialty drinks are available a la carte.
$15 transportation fee for Supporting, Prospective, and Social members; complimentary for Full members. You may also provide your own transportation to Mount Vernon, which offers free parking.
This Special Event is limited to Village members and Friends of Waterfront Village donors.
Intended as a formal garden for the enjoyment of George and Martha Washington's guests, the Upper Garden contained a rich variety of plants in the highest state of cultivation, showcasing George Washington’s skill as a gardener.
The design was rigidly symmetrical, offering a pleasing contrast to the curved lines of the bowling green. The garden was divided into six planting beds by wide pathways of gravel and packed clay, directing visitors’ steps as they walked. Washington planted espalier trees--fruit trees specially pruned to grow flat against the wall--indicating that their owner possessed both the financial resources and the labor force to maintain them.
At the center of each large planting bed, Washington planted rows of vegetables and fruit trees for household use. Highlighting the beauty of the practical plantings inside, each bed was “bordered with dwarf box wood interspersed with ornamental trees around the exterior of the inclosure,” with a wide band of flowering plants just inside the row of boxwood. Combining an attractive landscape with food production, these planting beds demonstrated the beauty of domestic agriculture. Washington also seems to have highlighted America’s revolutionary alliance with the French with a boxwood parterre “clipped and trimmed with infinite care into the form of a richly flourishing Fleur de Lis.”