George Washington Estate Herbal Pursuits

The History Behind the Prolific Mt. Vernon Gardens

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