“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Montrose Park

Boxwood and Pergola

Montrose Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ray Gurganus, November 9, 2020
1. Montrose Park Marker
About the Boxwood:
The boxwood gardens and boxwood walk are thought to be originally designed and planted around 1850 by garden designer John Henry Small for the Boyce family, who owned the estate where Montrose Park now stands. After the Montrose property was acquired by the Federal Government in 1910, the boxwood gardens were patched with fill-in plantings according to plans developed by landscape architect George Burnap, from the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds. While later simplified, vestiges of the original plan are still evident.

Please help preserve the boxwood:
Age-determining calculations have shown that the boxwood are approximately 150 to 160 years old. They are now under stress from environmental factors including altered surrounding conditions, as well as boxwood blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata), other fungal diseases, and spider mites.

Please help stop the spread of the blight fungus by avoiding entering the area until the weather gets significantly cooler. And please do not break or tear off branches.

About the Pergola:
The pergola
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in the center of the boxwood garden was designed by landscape architect George Burnap and built in 1914. It was rehabilitated in 2000 with funds donated by the Prince Charitable Trust. Recently many of the slats no the sides have been vandalized.

Please do not destroy the pergola by removing slats.
Erected by Friends of Montrose Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 38° 54.833′ N, 77° 3.612′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of R Street Northwest and Avon Place Northwest, on the right when traveling west. The marker is on the grounds of Montrose Park near the children's park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3029 R St NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parrott Ropewalk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lillie Mackall (about 800 feet away); Dumbarton Oaks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watching the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Evermay" (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Lawn (approx. ¼ mile away); Garage (approx. ¼ mile away); Diplomacy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2020, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 9, 2020, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Feb. 25, 2021