New American Garden and Mount Vernon

The co-founders of the American Museum & Gardens, John Judkyn and Dallas Pratt, believed that the landscape surrounding Claverton Manor, which serves as the collection’s home, should be part of the Museum’s education program and visitor experience.

Since the Museum opened in 1961, the 30 acres surrounding the house have been developed to include a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon (recently updated), a Lewis and Clark trail, and an arboretum.

The New American Garden is the first European commission for Washington DC-based landscape architects Oehme, van Sweden (OvS). The planting follows the free-form style made famous by the firm’s founders, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden.

Native American shrubs, perennials, and bulbs feature heavily, but the garden is designed to work with the steep terrain and enhance the view over the Limpley Stoke Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Winding Way, a wheelchair accessible path, encircles the lawn, threads through the  American Rose Collection, and skirts the natural amphitheatre, which hosts concerts  and outdoor events. While you wander, keep an eye out for six sculptures of  key figures in American history. They are the work of the internationally renowned  sculptor Angela Connor.

The development of the New American Garden has been made possible thanks to the generosity of our friends in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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