Washington's mind was rarely far from the lush gardens and majestic views at Mount Vernon. Today you can explore the gardens Washington developed and enjoy his unspoiled view across the Potomac River.

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George Washington oversaw all aspects of the landscape at Mount Vernon. He extensively redesigned the grounds surrounding his home, adopting the less formal, more naturalistic style of 18th century English garden landscape designer Batty Langley. Washington instructed his enslaved workers to reshape walks, roads, and lawns; cut vistas through the forest, and plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Eighteenth-century visitors were delighted by bountiful offerings of fresh vegetables and fruits and reveled in after-dinner walks amongst all manner of opulent flowering plants.

Explore the Gardens

Plant Finder

Plant Finder

What to know what's in bloom? The name of a plant at Mount Vernon? Or if George Washington grew it? Use the Plant Finder tool to help you while strolling the gardens.

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Gardeners

Gardeners

Enslaved gardeners, including George and Harry, tended flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees. They also maintained the landscape around the Mansion.

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Animals

Animals

Visit with the animals who live at Mount Vernon, including breeds raised on the estate during Washington’s time.

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A Paddock for Deer

A Paddock for Deer

Following aristocratic British practice, George Washington had 18 acres fenced off on the slope between the Mansion and the Potomac River, to serve as “a paddock for deer”.

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