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The gardens of Mount Vernon were not only beautiful to see - the Washingtons, and those under their care, regularly ate from and cooked with garden ingredients. Learn more about the purpose and upkeep of Mount Vernon's gardens!

The Gardens at Mount Vernon

The gardens were essential for providing the ingredients and food for many members of the estate - they were also beautiful to look at. 

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George Washington: A Gardener

We know Washington as President, general, and farmer; but what about Washington as a gardener? Each of George Washington's gardens had a specific role for the estate and for the Washington family. His very favorite was the botanical garden, where he could experiment with seeds and plants.

The botanical garden

George: An Enslaved Gardener

One of the many enslaved workers on Mansion House Farm was George, who was a gardener. George would have worked tiresome days that were filled with long hours, back breaking work, and limited times for rest. 

Interested in learning about George's life? Click below to learn more.

George: Gardener

The Upper Garden

The Gardener's House

The Greenhouse

George Washington loved gardening, and became fascinated with the idea of creating his own greenhouse. So, Washington created a new style and design for his greenhouse with the help and inspiration of Colonel Tench Tilgham and his wife, Anna.

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Primary Source: Watering Can

This watering can was most likely used by one of George Washington's gardeners or an enslaved worker at Mansion House Estate.

Gardening Tools

Primary Source: Plant Finder

Our integrated plant finder helps you identify the names and details behind the amazing array of flowers, plants, shrubs, vegetables, and trees found at Mount Vernon.

Plants at Mount Vernon

Primary Source: Historic Images

Much of the Upper Garden changed over time; these historical images show that. Learn what changed and why.

Historic images

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