WILLIAMSBURG, December 12, 1777.
Wanted to hire or purchase, a good Negro GARDENER. Inquire of the Printers.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon &Hunter) December 12, 1777
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Gardens of the wealthy were maintained by indentured white servants, free blacks and slaves. In some cases a gardener was prized as was James, the slave of Nathaniel Burwell, who could prune fruit trees, transplant native seedlings, and force plants in hot beds and bell glasses.
Sources: Sarudy, p86