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Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Garden

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 18, 2019
1. The Garden Marker
Inscription.  Westmoreland Davis managed all parts of Morven Park's operations, from its prized bulls to its green beans, with incredible care. In the early 1930s, he expanded the estate's gardens and began growing sweet corn, squash, beets, beans, onions, and more. He also planted apple, pear, apricot, plum, and peach orchards. Davis insisted the farm use its own products wherever possible, and reminded house staff that "the garden is filled with green vegetables which we wish prepared and served as they ripen."

Davis sold fruits and vegetables from the estate to employees, and the workers also had their own plots near their homes. Together, the family harvested, washed, chopped, cooked, and canned the summer's produce to last through the winter.

What's in Season Now?
For farm families here at Morven Park, the ability to grow their own food was a major draw of country living. Today, most of us do not depend on our own gardens for fresh produce. One thing remains the same: eating fresh fruits and vegetables in season is the best way to get nutritious, flavorful food into your diet.

"Spring is here—and
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 18, 2019
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we feel the urge to go out in the garden and dig in the dirt. Don't hold back when you feel that urge. Indulge it, encourage it, stimulate it, if it is slow in coming to life.

If you are any sort of gardener at all it will probably save you money. It will certain give you better meals than you otherwise would have, and it will supply, at minimum cost, protective foods of which most families do not use enough.

A good garden will produce enough vegetables for storing and canning, as well as make it possible for the family to have enough vegetables to serve twice daily."

—From a well-worn clipping of an article in Westmoreland Davis's collection

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Family in the garden, 1939 Courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 39° 8.561′ N, 77° 34.282′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Southern Planter Lane south of Tutt Lane (Route 740), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17171 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Farmhand House (here, next to this marker); A Serious Business (within
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 18, 2019
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shouting distance of this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. ¾ mile away); Mile Hill (approx. ¾ mile away); Early’s Washington Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away); Goose Creek Chapel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Morven Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Haud Pluribus Impar (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 18, 2019
4. The Garden Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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