Dining with the Washingtons - An Evening with Mount Vernon's Dean Norton

Debra Lampert-Rudman's picture
November 16, 2021
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Historic Preservation, History Education

Mount Vernon's Director of Horticulture Dean Norton’s presentation Dining with the Washington’s is much more than a "what’s for dinner" talk

About this Hybrid (Virtual/Live) event

According to Dean Norton, the evening meal in the 18th century was one of the highlights of the day. In order for that experience to be special it required fine gardens, experienced gardeners, talented chefs, cook books, direction from the Lady of the house and to top it all off Mount Vernon hospitality that was second to none. 

Prepare for an evening of enlightenment and entertainment. After 52 years of Mount Vernon employment Dean has much to share, but does so with a good time in mind.

In-person event begins at 6:00 p.m. in Morven's Stockton Education Center with refreshments, fun virtual quiz and meet/greet with Dean Norton who will be appearing live from inside Mount Vernon at Morven!

Virtual program waiting room opens at 6:00 p.m. and hybrid program begins at 6:30 p.m. - This part of the evening will be hybrid with those both live and online - Make-at-home beverage recipe to be shared in week prior to program. Zoom link shared day of program

About the Presenter:

Dean Norton began employment at Mount Vernon Estate on June

23, 1969 and never left. After receiving a degree in horticulture

from Clemson University he began his horticultural career as the

estates boxwood gardener. He was promoted to horticulturist in

1980 and is responsible for applying the latest plant science and

management techniques of horticulture in a historic setting. For

the past 52 plus years, Dean has devoted considerable time to

researching 18th century gardens and gardening practices. He has

received awards for conservation from the DAR and the Garden

Club of America as well as the Garden Club of America’s

Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor National Medal. He is a recipient

of the American Horticulture Societies Professional Award and is

an honorary member of the Garden Club of Virginia. Dean serves

on several historic property boards and lectures nationally and internationally

Contact Info: 

Debra Lampert-Rudman, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Morven Museum & Garden