Mount Vernon Inspiration

In the spring I took a trip with my mother to visit cousins in Maryland. Having only been to Washington DC many years ago on a business trip with Kirk, I was able to see many places I had only learned about in history lessons. We packed a lot of sights into our stay, traveled through five or so states and ran through many attractions, but we were able to spend an afternoon at George Washington’s farm, Mount Vernon. As you might guess, my favorite part was the gardens just outside the beautifully, modest mansion perched on the Potomac River.

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There were stunning walled gardens just outside the mansion which served to feed the residents of the farm.

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Rows of various crops were grown.

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I was inspired by the espaliered fruit trees growing against brick walls to soak up the ambient heat.

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And the ancient specimens grown as living fences.

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Still more in the more formal parterre garden.

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Though I know myself well enough to know this much care isn’t what I am willing to maintain.

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Naturally one would need a little green house, like this one.

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And a finely clipped parterre.

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To grow all the bulbs which were lovingly stored in the greenhouse.

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The dirty little secret was that slaves cared for all of this splendor. Now the gardens are privately cared for so that we still may be inspired by the father of our country’s estate.

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Happy Fathers Day George. I sure loved your gardens! Even writing this post makes me want to put on the gardening gloves.

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