“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Garden

Discovering Madison

The Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
1. The Garden Marker
Inscription. "It was a paradise of roses and other flowers, to say nothing of the strawberries, and vegetables; every rare plant and fruit was sent to him by his admiring friends, who knew his taste, and they were carefully studied and reared by the gardener and his black aids."
-Mary Cutts, Memoir, c. 1840

The Garden, by its nature, changes with the seasons and over time. Today, Montpelier's colorful flowers reflect the twentieth-century tastes of the duPonts, although traces of the Madison garden may survive in the plan of paths and parterres. Early documents describe a useful yet beautiful, paradise of peach trees, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The garden yielded food as homely as turnips and as exotic as figs. It also served as a laboratory for scientific agriculture: Madison happily experimented with seeds and plants that he swapped with friends. Finally, and at its loveliest, the garden's roses, Cape jessamine, pinks, and lilies offered visual delight to all who walked there.
Erected by Montpelier Foundation. (Marker Number 15.)
Location. 38° 13.072′ N, 78° 10.077′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Montpelier Road, on the right
The Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
2. The Garden Marker
The marker is located on the foot path between the house and gardens.
when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Montpelier Estate, behind the house on a trail leading to the Annie duPont Formal Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier Station VA 22957, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homes for Enslaved Families (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Backyard (about 300 feet away); The Quarters (about 400 feet away); The Road (about 500 feet away); Madison Farm Complex (about 600 feet away); The Blacksmith Shop (about 700 feet away); The African American Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier Station.
More about this marker. On the right is a illustration courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Virginia, captioned Rose illustration by Philip Miller. Miller's gardening dictionary was in Madison's library.
Also see . . .  Annie duPont Formal Garden. Page from the Montpelier web site. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Antebellum South, USHorticulture & Forestry
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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