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.
First we meandered through the Lower Garden, which is quite practical.
"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)
The ingenius 16-sided round barn, designed by George Washington.
The Forest Trail...
The Upper Garden...
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.
"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)
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).