Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mount Vernon on a Misty Drizzly Day

Yesterday my daughter and I went to Mount Vernon to see one of their temporary museum exhibits, Gardens and Groves.  The exhibit was wonderful. Unfortunately there was not a companion book of the exhibit to purchase. 
After a quick visit with Abraham Lincoln, we toured the gardens. It was a lovely day, despite being misty and drizzly.

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First we meandered through the Lower Garden, which is quite practical.

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"I impress it upon the gardener to have everything in his garden that will be necessary in the House keeping way-as vegetable is the best part of our living in the country." -as written by Martha Washington in a letter to her niece Fanny Basset, 1792 (p79, Dining with the Washingtons, Edited by Stephen A. McLeod) 

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The ingenius 16-sided round barn, designed by George Washington.

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The Forest Trail...

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The Upper Garden...

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My daughter and I felt like Monet, since we have visited Washington's garden at different seasons, at different times of the day, in different types of weather.

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"very handsomely laid out in squares ad flower knots...a great variety of trees, flowers, and plants of foreign growth collected from almost every part of the world." -Reverend John E. Lotta, 1799, as written in his diary (p87, Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon, Mac Griswold)  

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When we left, I purchased a Burgundian Rose to take home for my own garden. The rose I purchased (below) is the same as in Washington's Upper Garden (above).

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