Mount Vernon's Upper Garden Framed Panoramic Photo
This full 360 degree panorama is taken from a vantage point within the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon. In contrast to the Lower Garden which provided the many vegetables and fruits required by the household, a main function of the Upper Garden was aesthetic. Here Washington could put his full talents as a gardener on display with carefully tended individual flowering plants and trees. Trimmed boxwoods defined the many paths and were themselves highlighted in fleur-de-lis patterns. The greenhouse, completed in 1787, anchored the strict symmetrical axis of approach from the Bowling Green. This controlled environment allowed Washington to sustain more delicate and exotic plants during the winter months and also provide various citrus fruits for the table. By 1792 one-story wings had been added to each end of the greenhouse for slave quarters. All the present buildings are reconstructions of the originals which were destroyed by fire in 1835.
The 360 degree panoramic sepia photograph is printed on FujiColor Professional Paper. Nielsen Frosted Walnut frame matted with four-ply acid-free white museum board mounted on 3/16" acid-free white foam core. The framed print measures 40" x 10". Signed and numbered by the photographer, James O. Phelps.
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