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The Legacy of Wreath Making at Washington's Tomb

Every year on George Washington's birthday, Mount Vernon welcomes visitors to Washington's Tomb for a presidential tribute. This special ceremony includes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Washington's prayer for his country, and the placement of a boxwood wreath.

Boxwood was a significant plant in the 18th century. Washington planted it in the upper garden, using it to divide the cultivated bed from the walkway. 

Boxwood lines he pathways in the upper garden.
Boxwood lines he pathways in the upper garden.

Dean Norton, Mount Vernon's director of horticulture, makes the boxwood wreaths by hand. 

"It's a great connection with George Washington to make a wreath placed in the Tomb," Dean said.

Watch the video and learn how the wreath is made:

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