ANLA Lauches Horticultural Endowment

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) launched a Horticultural Endowment Program for the upkeep of the historic gardens at George Washington’s home, Mt. Vernon.

The ceremony took place on September 21 at 4:30 p.m. on the Bowling Green at Mt. Vernon. In honor of this momentous occasion ANLA and Mt. Vernon will hold a ceremonial tree planting of a Canadian Hemlock, donated by ANLA-member firm Manor View Farms in Monkton, Md., to celebrate the launch of an endowment fund to preserve the landscape and historic trees at George Washington’s estate on the Potomac.

Mt. Vernon’s annual budget is entirely dependent on entrance ticket sales. Ticket sales have been down since September 11, 2001 and were hard hit this year with the rainy spring and summer weather.

There are 13 historic trees planted under the direction of George Washington on the site, and like all large trees, without the proper care and maintenance annually by a professional tree care company, these trees could be in danger of falling during a storm and—in the worst case—damaging the historic mansion where George Washington spent more than 45 years of his life. Creating an endowment fund for horticulture at Mount Vernon will eventually ensure that this historic garden site will be able to be appropriately and professionally cared for in perpetuity regardless of the whims of weather or ticket sales.

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