Oct 12, 2023

An 18th century garden revival: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Gardens

Presented by Betz Golan

Betz Golan highlights the historic nature of the Mount Vernon gardens and shares her experience as an interpreter in the lower gardens at Mount Vernon. As with most historical gardens, no one can say the specifics of the plantings but from family correspondence, dinner menus, reference books and local resources, a picture emerges of what the garden must have contained and how it functioned in Plantation life.

Betz has worn many different hats in the horticultural space. She is an ethnobotanist*, managed and owned an herb farm in Maine providing products to L.L. Bean, museums and botanical gardens for 40 years. Betz has also served as an historic herbalist to both the Shaker Community in New Gloucester, Maine and the gardens at Mount Vernon in Virginia for over 25 years.

She now lives in Bedford, NH and is a board member for Joppa Hill Educational Farm. She serves as an educator and manages the community garden and high tunnel production. Of special note: Betz will have a selection of products created for Mount Vernon available for sale after her presentation including herbal teas, seasonings, jams and artwork.

* Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of the local culture and people

Starts at 7:00 pm
Amherst Town Library
14 Main Street
Amherst, NH

The public is welcome. All must register through the library