Visiting the Gardens at Mount Vernon
Located eight miles south of Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon is home to the first U.S. president (and farmer) George Washington, who conducted horticultural research at his estate along the Potomac River. Opened to the public in 1860, visitors can now enjoy more than six acres of gardens, in addition to visiting the mansion, outbuildings and an impressive education center.
Special Garden Features at Mount Vernon
- Upper Garden, containing a boxwood parterre in the shape of a fleur-de-lis, among other shrubs, flowers and vegetables.
- Lower Garden, the kitchen garden, containing fruits and vegetables.
- Botanical Garden, where Washington planted various seeds and cuttings for testing.
- Fruit Garden and Nursery, containing an orchard.
Tips for Visiting the Gardens at Mount Vernon
- If you’re planning a trip to Mount Vernon in spring, check the website in advance for the dates of the “Spring Plant and Herb Sale” and the “Historic Plant and Garden Sale.”
- Between garden visits, allow time to take in the beautiful views of the Potomac River from rocking chairs on the mansion’s portico.
- If you’re planning to visit the mansion in addition to the gardens, admission lines for the mansion can become long during warm seasons. If possible, plan your visit for a weekday.
- Parking near the estate is free but very limited and fills up fast, so arrive early.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22309