When I was researching Mount Vernon, I was struck by Washington's intentions and methods.
He was naturally curious and wanted to see what plants would be able to survive in the harsh climate of Virginia.
Of his four gardens, Washington often referred to his favorite of the four gardens, the botanical garden, during his lifetime. He called it "the little garden by the salt house," or rather fondly, his "little garden." Washington used the botanical garden as his trial garden; testing alfalfa and oats, which, he happily surmised correctly, would increase the productivity of his fields.
 


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