As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s wonderful to think about gathering with family and friends in our own gardens, enjoying the beauty and tranquility that gardening brings—a tradition rooted in the very foundation of our country.

Our founding fathers were gardeners, farmers, and landscape designers. The most notable of them was George Washington, who envisioned beautiful gardens throughout Mount Vernon for his family and many guests. There are Four Gardens at Mount Vernon as well as a farm and greenhouse that was built for functionality for the Washingtons. One notable garden is the Boxwood garden where there are several varieties of boxwoods.

A Legacy of Gardens and Inde