Illustrated presentation and wine reception
Co-sponsored by Marin Garden Club
“See to it that you keep it the Home of Washington.” That was the charge of Ann Pamela Cunningham, the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, upon her retirement in 1874. For over 160 years, people have studied, researched and dug the earth for clues helping make the home of George Washington one of the most accurately restored 18th century estates in America. The beauty, use and importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape will be discussed as well as preservation over the years. With 49 years of employment for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Norton’s presentation is not a history lesson, but an informative yet entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington, the Ladies Association and personal stories.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dean Norton began employment at Mount Vernon Estate on June 23, 1969 and never left. After receiving a degree in horticulture from Clemson University he began his horticultural career as the estate’s boxwood gardener. He was promoted to horticulturist in 1980 and is responsible for applying the latest plant science and management techniques of horticulture in a historic setting. For the past 49 years, Dean has devoted considerable time to researching 18th century gardens and gardening practices. He has received awards for conservation from the DAR and the Garden Club of America. He received the American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award in 2006 and is an honorary member of the Garden Club of Virginia. Dean serves on several historic property boards and lectures nationally and internationally.