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Take a guided tour through George Washington's gardens and learn about his flowers and plants. 

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$10 in addition to general admission

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Mansion Circle

Tour Mount Vernon's Historic Gardens

George Washington spent nearly sixteen years away from home during the Presidency and the War for Independence. Yet, he always had a desire to return home to Mount Vernon, for a peaceful retirement, to rest under the shade of his own Vine and Fig tree.

Come take a walk through the General’s garden and see the founding flowers that recreate Washington’s 18th-century landscape and gardens.

This one-hour tour discusses the practical landscape design of the Mansion house farm at Mount Vernon.

  • Take a guided tour through Washington’s upper and lower gardens.
  • Learn about the uses for flowers and plants that made up Washington’s gardens.
  • Hear about the work completed by hired and enslaved gardeners.

Please allow 10-15 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the Mansion Circle to meet your guide.


Director of horticulture Dean Norton discusses Mount Vernon's Upper Garden.

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