The Mount Vernon Gardener

#OTD It's the birthday of Martha Washington, born on this day in 1731. 
 
The kitchen garden at Mount Vernon was said to have been Martha Washington's personal pride.
 
Surrounded by 4-inch-brick walls her garden was protected and it also enjoyed a bit of a microclimate. In addition to the walls, there were pear trees and apple trees that lined the walkways and provided a windbreaker for the vegetables.
 
There was even a cistern placed in the center of the garden; providing the garden with a steady supply of water.
 
One expert stated,
 
"Mrs. Washington had a passion for gardening and her summer residence at the Hasbrouck house allowed her to indulge in it."
 
One admirer said,
 
"Under her skillful hands, bloomed a garden like the desert of the Scriptures."
 


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