father of our kitchen garden
Last Friday morning I had the privilege of strolling through the gardens of Mount Vernon before they opened to the public. Courtesy of the Garden Writers Association I was inside the gates at 6 am, when the light is superb and the crowds are nonexistent.
I know most people go to Mount Vernon to see the house, the paintings, the furniture... but I didn't set foot in a single building! The gardens are magnificent, especially the lower (kitchen) garden where vegetables are stunningly arranged amongst fruits, herbs, and edible flowers.
I'm not a fan of the Brassicaceae...to EAT, that is. But they make a lovely ground cover.
can be ornamental:
An amphitheatre of strawberries:
Even a peach (when espaliered) becomes decorative as well as delicious.
Gardeners today talk about the blended garden, one that incorporates edible and ornamental plants into a single garden, both productive and attractive. Hats off to George Washington, the father of our kitchen garden.