The Garden

The Garden (HMFWF)

Location: Orange, VA 22960 Orange County
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N 38° 13.072', W 78° 10.077'

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Discovering Madison

"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.
Marker Number15
Placed ByMontpelier Foundation
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 747932 N 4233780
Decimal Degrees38.21786667, -78.16795000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.072', W 78° 10.077'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 4.32" N, 78° 10' 4.62" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13350-13482 Dupont Cir, Orange VA 22960, US
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