Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


December, 2000
Regional Report


Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon: Landscape of the Inner Man
George Washington was passionate about trees, desired a vineyard, experimented with new fruits and nuts, planted a "Botanick garden," and made sure his kitchen and other gardens fed and supplied hundreds of residents and countless guests. He developed complex crop rotations to combat depleted soil and envisioned his newfound land and country becoming the "storehouse and granary of the world."

Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon: Landscape of the Inner Man, by Mac Griswold (Houghton Mifflin, 1999; $40), is a lavishly illustrated and deftly researched book that traces the planting and design of Washington's beloved Mount Vernon and the care of the landmark estate and gardens we continue to admire today.

Web Finds

American Orchid Society
The American Orchid Society ( Web site offers something for everyone - from an excellent beginner's corner and extensive Q&A to information about judging and showing orchids, details about import permits, and a weekly orchid quiz. Take a little time to explore and appreciate the wealth of information in this dynamic site - and watch for the new orchid events calendar starting soon.


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