American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Tudor Place: Horticultural History and Renewal Tour
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Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:10am to 9:15am
Tudor Place
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Looking for a morning of quiet retreat in bustling Georgetown? Then join this guided morning tour of Tudor Place's five-and-a-half-acre landscape. Like the historic 1816 mansion, the grounds at Tudor Place evolved over time. Learn the story of this evolution while accompanying Josh Meyer, director of buildings, gardens, and grounds, as he shares the stories of the people who created and cared for the gardens for over two hundred years. Trace the history and horticulture of the witness trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood. Understand the influence of Federal-style design on the landscape and see how orchards, stables, and grazing land made way for the lawns, fountains, and garden “rooms” of today. Highlights include the Boxwood Circle, Box Knot and Original Box Knot Garden, Center Walk, Bowling Green, Dell, and South Lawn. Additional themes include best management practices for Boxwood Blight, the challenges of increasing biodiversity in historic gardens, and ongoing sustainability initiatives.

Please note: This is a walking tour that starts and finishes with a 1.3-mile walk between the garden and hotel including scenic unpaved trails through Rock Creek Park. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Refreshments will be provided.

IMPORTANT: this tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only. Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.