Washington estate

George Washington wished to showcase native trees in his formal garden at Mount Vernon to impress visitors with their stature and beauty.

When the winter months offer more time for reading than engaging outdoor activity, it is a period of relative leisure for gardeners.

I recently finished Founding Gardeners, The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, by Andrea Wulf. I’m writing this on Washington’s Birthday, in the month we celebrate President’s Day. It’s a time in which we remember many aspects of our history and the people that built America. In fact, this is a very fertile topic, since our Founding Fathers were also our Founding Gardeners.

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