One of the problems with visiting historic or other public gardens is that it takes you away from the work in your own garden at home.

But since the guys were headed off to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, I couldn’t just stay at home watering and pulling weeds! Do you blame me for neglecting my own chores for the day?

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Mount Vernon, Home of George Washington

I have been to Mount Vernon several times before. But it has always been in the chill of autumn or in the dead of winter. Given my interest in historic, particularly Colonial gardens, I was aching to see the gardens in their full glory.

The lawn in front of the house is a wide swath that provides a panoramic view of the house–even if the lawn is a bit parched from the drought. Of course, the house is now nicely restored to its full glory after periods of neglect during which the house was derelict and in danger of falling down. The brick paths that wind down either side of the lawn are now shaded with centuries-old trees. I have to wonder what the original scene was like when George and Martha lived here.

On the left (facing the house), is the upper garden and greenhouse, where mostly flowers, ancient boxwood and fruit trees grow.

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Upper Garden

On the right, is the Lower Garden, a working garden with gorgeous old boxwoods that are all gnarled with age.

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Lower Garden

There are also mature and impressive espaliered and cordoned fruit trees.

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Lower Garden

You can visit more of Mount Vernon by going to my photo gallery.

Given the busy work week I have had and the sad state of affairs in my own garden, I’m headed out to make amends now. So much to do…so little time.

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