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Blog Archive: August 2014

Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.

From the gardens at The French Laundry
I feel the tomato is the most generous plant of the summer. It always amazes me at how much product can come from a seed the size of a pencil head! Here in Napa Valley, we have mild winters that are governed by the Pacific Ocean. We occasionally get frost at night, but during the day the frost...More >>
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A circa 1809 plat drawn by Jefferson showing his Mountaintop Road system.
Monticello visitors are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation undertakes a major landscape restoration project on Mulberry Row . Jefferson, whose passion for landscapes and gardens closely paralleled his devotion to architecture, created one of the most complex...More >>
How did they install furniture on the third floor of Monticello? With restoration of the upper floors underway and not much historical evidence to go on, our Restoration and Curatorial teams were tasked with finding a solution around those narrow stairways. After lots of measuring, they decided...More >>
Celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson during the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, September 12-13, 2014. Thomas Jefferson, America’s “First foodie,” championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture. Taste a bounty of...More >>


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