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Gardener's house

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Gardener's house.

"I want a Man that will labour hard knowing ... how to keep a Garden in good Order and Sow Seed in their proper Seasons in ground that he has prepared well ..." George Washington's specifications for a gardener, November 22, 1771.

Washington hired gardeners trained in Europe who were skilled in cultivating the wide varities of plants that Washington received from around the world. Meals for the mansion table depended largely on the gardens and orchards. Martha Washington believed that an abundance of vegetables was "the best part of our living in the country". The proximity of the gardener's house to the Mansion reflects Washington's keen personal interest in the development of Mount Vernon's gardens.

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