"No pursuit is more congenial with my nature and gratification, than that of agriculture; nor none I so pant after as again to become a tiller of the earth." Geo. Washington
"I return to farming with an ardor which I scarcely knew in my youth…I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of position and calling it would have been on a rich spot of earth, well-watered, and near a good market for the prodcuction of the garden.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden." Tho. Jefferson to John Adams during their respective old age.
"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man...when tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization." Daniel Webster
THE EARLIEST WHITE HOUSE GARDENS
George Washington expressed a desire to plant a botanical garden on the grounds of the President's House. The government was in Philadelphia, PA then. He was inaugurated in N.Y. City.
John Adams, the first president to dwell in the new President's House, ordered the first planting of a garden there.
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States of America, undertook a complete redesign of the garden.