Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Virginia
Home of George Washington, Mount Vernon looks out over the Potomac River. His gardens included a pleasure garden, a kitchen garden and a greenhouse. The design of his greenhouse is thought to have been influenced by Margaret Tilghman of Mount Clare in Baltimore, MD. The General was keenly interested in what plants would grow in Virginia: tropicals, oranges, lemons, limes, sage palms, aloe and coffee. The greenhouse eventually burned down. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association built the current greenhouse on the original site in 1951.
4/11 Gardening Days: Once-a-year sale featuring a wonderful collection of gardening tools, gadgets, books, seeds, plants, pots, hats, gloves, and more. Also included are plants and herbs grown at Mount Vernon. Free.
5/9 and 5/10: Mount Vernon welcomes warmer weather with a festive Spring Garden Party! Wagon rides through Washington’s orchard and charming early-American musicians in the upper and lower gardens are just some of the “favors” at the Spring Garden Party. New this year: special heritage gardening seminars and tours will be held on the estate.