Garden and plant enthusiast? Here are some recommendations on what not to miss while visiting Mount Vernon!

Upper Garden

Washington intended this to be a formal garden for the enjoyment of his guests, with a rich variety of plants that showcased his gardening skills and interests.

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Lower Garden

While George Washington oversaw most aspects of managing the pleasure grounds, Martha Washington oversaw the lower garden, or kitchen garden, which enabled her to keep fruits and vegetables on the table year round.

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Botanical Garden

The small botanical garden located behind the spinning house was not a major feature in Washington's landscape scheme. Yet this private, simple plot was close to his heart as he tended it himself, experimenting with new plant varieties.

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Fruit Garden & Nursery

The area known as the fruit garden and nursery began as a failed attempt at a vineyard. Once the grapes failed, the four-acre fruit garden and nursery was created.

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Pioneer Farm

Open April - October

Located on the banks of the Potomac, the four-acre Pioneer Farm site explores George Washington’s role as a visionary farmer. Visitors can view crops that Washington would have grown, like hemp!

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Garden Events

April - October

Gardens & Groves Tour

 

 

April - May

Historic Plant and Garden Sale

 

 

 

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Plant Finder

Want to know what’s blooming? The Plant Finder feature on our website will give you the names and details behind the amazing array of flowers, plants, shrubs, vegetables, and trees that can be found at Mount Vernon.

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Bring Washington's Garden Home

Grow your own Washington inspired garden at home. All seeds are grown, collected, cleaned and packaged by hand at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

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