(In honor of President’s Day — another in our series of gardens to see before you die!)

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough—¬†George Washington

George Washington didn’t just win a war and become our 1st president. He also built a top-notch garden¬†in Mount Vernon, Virginia. It’s 50 acres, landscaped in 18th-century style, with tulip trees he planted, and a botanical garden.

“Washington was fascinated with practicalities,” says Caroline Holmes in 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die