Tudor Place, part one

On Friday, I visited Tudor Place, a 200-year-old estate in Georgetown built by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband.

I took many photos (I take full advantage of my memory card), and I want to write a post about the whole garden, but today, I thought I would start with some pictures of the property’s remarkable tulip poplar tree.

Tudor Place house, seen from south lawn.

Located on the south-side lawn, the tree was possibly there when the Peters arrived.  It is now 20′ in circumference and over 100′  tall.  In 2002, it was designated the “Millenium Landmark Tree” for the District of Columbia by the America the Beautiful Fund.

Historic tulip poplar at Tudor Place. 
Branch support.
Branch support with neighbor’s house in the background.


Another low branch and support.
Low branch and support.
The tree’s low branches encompass a separate space within the larger property. An “Archaeological Overview and Preservation Plan” prepared by the University of Maryland called it “perhaps the most significant landscape feature on the entire estate.”

Here are also some photos of a small “grove” of very large, very old boxwoods, also on the south lawn, which I thought were almost other-world-like from the inside.

The outside of an old boxwood the height of a small tree on the front lawn of Tudor Place.
Another small environment within the boxwoods.  
Inside this “grove” of old boxwoods.  

4 thoughts on “Tudor Place, part one

    1. It is magnificent. The boxwoods there are wonderful too — 200 years old and wounded from the 2010 snows, but so compelling because of it. I’ll post more in a day or two.

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