Mount Vernon Gardens
The Upper Garden includes a wide variety of flowers, trees, and boxwood planted in Washington's day. A few vegetable beds have also been restored to their original size, based on careful archaeological excavations.
The Lower Garden supplied fresh produce for the busy Mount Vernon kitchen. English boxwoods were planted in 1786 and now crowd the entry path. Vegetables and herbs are grown in the beds today, as well as cherry, apple, and other fruit trees.
The Fruit Garden and Nursery was used by Washington to experiment with new seeds and plants before using them elsewhere on the estate. He attempted to grow grapes in its well cultivated beds, and produced nursery plants for use across Mount Vernon. The large size of the garden and its protective fence also made it an ideal site to grow tree ripened apples, pears, plums, peaches, and cherries.
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