Rumson Garden Club public lecture slated Feb. 7

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Dean Norton, director of Horticulture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Mount Vernon Virginia, will present a public lecture entitled “Welcome Home George Washington: The History, Beauty, Use And Importance Of Garden Landscapes At Our First President’s Home” from 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 7 at The Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Rd., Rumson. The free lecture is open to the public.

George Washington was very interested in garden design, particularly the naturalistic style of 18th century English landscape designer Batty Langley. He oversaw all aspects of the landscape at Mount Vernon and designed walks, roads and lawns, and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. His gardens provided food for the mansion’s inhabitants and guests.

All four of the principal gardens at Mount Vernon have been researched, restored and replanted, including the upper pleasure garden, the lower (or kitchen) garden, the botanical garden and the fruit garden and nursery.

Reservations are not required for the lecture. For more information, contact club president Liz Card, at [email protected].