The History Behind the Prolific Mt. Vernon Gardens
Illustration by Gayle Ford
Rigid formality dominated Mount Vernon’s landscaping, which is re-created there today as Washington maintained it. These artist’s renderings show an overview of the grounds and details of the Upper Garden, which was devoted to flowers for pleasure, fragrance, flavor, and medicine. Among the flowers planted here are late spring bloomers such as foxgloves, blue false indigo, sweet rocket, Oriental poppies, calendulas, and roses. In the summer and fall, love-lies-bleeding, globe thistle, globe amaranth, wild bergamot, catmint, nasturtiums, and many other plants flower with abandon.
Photography by Anybody Goes
Illustrations by Gayle Ford
A nasturtium still blooms in a hand-colored engraving from a book owned by George Washington, The Botanical Magazine, now housed in the research library at Mount Vernon.
Illustration Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association
A portion of the Upper Garden as it looks today.
Photography Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association