Director of horticulture Dean Norton discusses Mount Vernon's Upper Garden.
Explore beautiful gardens that combine form and function, see 18th-century trees that have stood the test of time, and discover the carefully crafted landscape that George Washington wanted you to experience.
Explore beautiful gardens that combine form and function, see 18th-century trees that have stood the test of time, and discover the carefully crafted landscape that George Washington wanted you to experience.Mansion Circle George Washington's Mount Vernon email@example.com MM/DD/YYYY 15
The spectacular landscapes experienced by Mount Vernon's modern guests were not created by accident. George Washington carefully planned his estate's sweeping lawns, groves of trees, walled gardens, serpentine paths, and scenic views. Between 1785 and 1787, Washington’s design, which was implemented by enslaved workers, completely transformed Mount Vernon’s grounds into a landscape very similar to the one that visitors see today.
This 60-minute guided tour examines the ways Washington used landscape architecture to create a comprehensive plan for his estate that skillfully merged areas for work and leisure. Stroll through the upper garden, which served as a pleasure garden full of beautiful flowers, and visit the greenhouse that once housed exotic plants. On the bowling green, trace the path 18th-century visitors traveled to the Mansion and learn how the enslaved workers maintained the grounds and greenery. As you move into the lower garden where the estate's produce was grown, pass by trees dating to Washington's time. The tour concludes on the east lawn with the legacy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which has preserved Washington's estate and view for more than 150 years.
Please allow 10-15 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the Mansion Circle to meet your guide.