Mount Vernon Presentation at Garvan Woodland Gardens

This Friday (November 7), Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs is hosting a talk and presentation by Dean Norton, the director of horticulture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home in Virginia. The talk, which starts at 9:30 a.m., will give attendees a glimpse into the gardening world of George Washington. According to a pamphlet sent about the presentation, ‘the beauty, the use, and the importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape will be discussed, as well as preservation over the years with a focus on the most recently restored pleasure garden.’


Norton is a well-known expert in the field. He started working at Mount Vernon when he was 16. After graduating from Clemson University he began his full time career at Mount Vernon in 1977. Admission to the presentation is $20 for members and $25 for non-member of the Gardens. An author’s reception and book signing will follow the talk, which is being held on site at Anthony Chapel. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-366-4664. Of note, seating is limited to 160. Garvan Woodland Gardens is located at 550 Arkridge Road. Check out the below video to watch Dean Norton talk about the history of the Lower Garden at Mount Vernon.

Lower Garden from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.