Gardens at Hiland-Ash Lawn
Gardens – Today Ash Lawn-Highland has ornamental and utilitarian gardens, as did Monroe’s property in the early 1800s. As a cultured lady, Elizabeth Monroe required fresh and dried flowers for her bouquets. Her household also required numerous herbs—herbs for cooking, herbs for scenting the linens and repelling moths, and herbs for their medicinal properties, and still other plants for dyeing fabrics. She must have found, as Ash Lawn-Highland gardeners find today, that some plants thrive in the rich red Virginia earth, while others struggle and eventually die.