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Blog Posts by Lily Fox-Bruguiere

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


Figure 4. Léonie Bell Rose Garden at the Center for Historic Plants; Champneys’ Pink Cluster is the tallest rose on the right side of the image. (Click for a larger image.)
In my family, when it comes to plants named after people, we can't help but speak about them as if they are people too. Someone might ask, "What kind of clematis is that there?" and my mom would answer, "Oh, that's Nelly Moser, she's such a refined and dependable lady." Nelly Moser, the clematis,...More >>
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Maintaining your garden in the summer months can require serious determination and stamina, especially here in Virginia where the high temperatures, humidity, mosquitos, ticks, and chiggers conspire to chase the well-meaning gardener indoors to relax in the air-conditioning with a nice cold glass...More >>
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Cutting the perennial Blackberry Lily, which Jefferson called "Chinese Ixia"
Thomas Jefferson, planter of 330 different vegetable varieties and celebrated today as “America’s first foodie,” was also passionate about growing ornamental flowering plants, both native and exotic, in the gardens at Monticello. Writing to his granddaughter, Ann Cary Randolph, from Washington in...More >>
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Pruning a Double Musk Rose in early March.
Are you looking for ways to get back in the garden again after a long, cold winter spent indoors? Happily late winter, before the new buds break, is the perfect time to prune dormant shrubs that bloom on “new wood”. Generally, these are shrubs that bloom during the summer and fall; such shrubs...More >>
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Rain garden in mid-October at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.
The promise of increased rainfall during the autumn months, in addition to major weather events like the recent Hurricane Sandy, serve as reminders of the need to manage excess water in responsible, effective ways. A simple, aesthetically pleasing solution for water management in the home garden is...More >>
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Okra flower
Vegetable gardens are sprouting up everywhere, thanks to a renewed interest in fresh, locally-grown food that is sweeping across America. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden at the White House, to gardens in schoolyards and backyards, Americans are experiencing the pleasure, hard work,...More >>
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