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Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon

Landscape of the Inner Man
Griswold, Mac K. (Book - 1999)
Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon
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For gardeners and readers of early American history, here is the first book to document the unknown George Washington --- landscaper, farmer, and gardener of Mount Vernon. Remarkably, the George Washington who spent forty-five years designing and planting the gardens at Mount Vernon is virtually unknown today, hidden behind the icon of the first president's frozen dignity. In her new book, Mac Griswold reveals to us a man who gathered seed, transplanted and pruned trees, and designed a kitchen garden, a pleasure garden, and even a botanical garden, where he did all the experimental work himself. Washington left for historians and restorationists a wealth of memos, directives, diaries, plans, and plant lists that documented every step of his creation (and now the recreation) of his gardens. Out of this wealth of archival material, Griswold paints a remarkably vivid picture of eighteenth-century gardening.
Authors: Griswold, Mac K.
Title: Washington's gardens at Mount Vernon
landscape of the inner man
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1999
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 22 x 27 cm
Notes: "A Frances Tenenbaum book."
ISBN: 0395929709
Branch Call Number: 975.5291 Gr
Statement of Responsibility: Mac Griswold ; photography by Roger Foley
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-183) and index
Subject Headings: Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Pictorial works Mount Vernon Gardens (Va.) Pictorial works Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Mount Vernon Gardens (Va.) Gardening Virginia Fairfax County History 18th century Washington, George, 1732-1799 Homes and haunts Washington, George, 1732-1799 Contributions in gardening
Topical Term: Gardening
LCCN: 98046015
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For both gardeners and early American history buffs, this book documents the unknown George Washington: landscaper, farmer, and gardener of Mount Vernon.


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