Thomas will be one of several speakers during a three day symposium. Join leading gardeners, historians, horticulturalists, archaeologists, and preservationists as they reconsider the importance of gardening, landscapes, and design in early America. Learn how Washington and his contemporaries shaped the natural world to achieve beauty through gardening, profited through agriculture, and conveyed civic values through landscape design – and how these historic methods remain relevant in today’s world. Revisit long-lost gardens, explore contemporary creations inspired by the past, and come face-to-face with the most authentic 18th-century plantation landscape in the United States.
The Mount Vernon Symposium is endowed by the generous support of Lucy S. Rhame, The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, The Felicia Fund, The Sachem Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauran IV.