Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon Landscape of the Inner Man

ISBN-10: 0395929709
ISBN-13: 9780395929704
Edition: 1999
Author(s): Mac Griswold
Description: 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  More...
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Copyright Year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication Date: 5/15/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 10.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

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.

A Plantation Portrait
Making a Landscape: The Design
Making a Landscape: Plants for Vistas and Screens
The Upper Garden
The Lower Garden
The Botanical Garden and the Vineyard Enclosure
A Storehouse and Granary for the World
Plant Lists
A Timeline for Mount Vernon's Gardens and Landscape
Notes
Bibliography of Works Consulted
Index

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