James A. Baggett

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Written on August 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm , by

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Virginia at George Washington’s Mount Vernon with contributing editor Marty Ross and undownable photographer Rob Cardillo to produce a story for Country Gardens on the restored gardens. Here’s Rob, Marty and Media Relations Manager Melissa Wood.

George Washington’s carefully planned gardens featuring unusual 18th century flowers have been expertly restored and maintained by Peggy Bowers, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, and her crackerjack horticulture crew. More than six acres are enclosed to create four separate gardens at Mount Vernon: the Upper Garden (originally a fruit and nut garden in 1762), the Lower Garden (a brick-walled kitchen garden), the Botanical Garden (a small space where George Washington experimented with plants), and the Fruit Garden and Nursery (George originally used this four acre garden to experiment with grapes). I can’t wait to share our hard work with you—look for it in the Summer 2013 issue of Country Gardens—but in the meantime, here are some more behind-the-scenes shots of us at work in the glorious gardens of Mount Vernon.

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  1. Looking forward to the issue Featuring Mt Vernon. Have you read the book: Founding Gardeners? Also, wanted to tell you that Country Gardens is my favorite gardening magazine. I love every issue.