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

Wendy Kopp
On April 12, 2013, Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and this year's recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership , announced to a Monticello crowd that "the kind of thriving, equitable society [Jefferson] could only dream of is within our grasp." Calling...More >>
Meet Sissy, Sadie, Bo and Rusty -- the four beautiful rescued dogs that help protect the Monticello Vegetable Garden from deer and other animals during the evening. Visit Monticello's YouTube Channel .More >>
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“A Rich Spot of Earth” Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden
In celebration of Historic Garden Week and the beautiful plants that populate Monticello during the spring months, Brian Hartsock, Operating Manager for the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello, shares some of his favorite gardening books for this month’s Revolving Bookstand...More >>
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Monticello’s North Octagon Room
How do you accurately restore a wall paint that has been missing for over 170 years? This is a question that frequently confronts Monticello’s Restoration Department. Most recently it was the focus of an investigation in the second floor bedroom that Jefferson called the “North Octagon Room.” At...More >>
What We're Reading: Jefferson’s Shadow: The Story of His Science What author could more effectively tell the story of Thomas Jefferson and his fascination with science than Keith Thomson? Dr. Thomson is a professor emeritus of natural history at the University of Oxford, was a professor and dean at...More >>
Monticello and HISTORY ® invite teachers and their students, K-12, to participate in a digital art-based project that encourages students to connect Jefferson with their hometown. The contest includes $10,000 in prize money and a chance to have their work featured on Monticello’s website. Learn...More >>
Monticello’s Cobalt Blue Ruffled Pitcher is featured in the April 2013 House Beautiful feature "The Best," showcasing American-made products that speak to traditional style with a modern beauty. The issue is available at newsstands and bookstores. The pitcher is the featured product in our online...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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Winter at Monticello brings with it a solitary, clear beauty, with vistas that stretch for miles. When the shutters weren’t closed to contain the warmth, family, guests, and enslaved servants might have admired the snowy views out of the numerous large windows, but this pleasure was certainly...More >>
Salad made from greens grown at Monticello awaits dressing
A classic viniagrette seems a likely staple at Monticello's table. From Dining at Monticello , edited by Damon Lee Fowler. Serves 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons wine vinegar or tarragon wine vinegar salt whole black pepper in a pepper mill 6 - 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 6 cups mixed salad...More >>
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