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Modern Monticello: The Gardens Today

The Monticello Department of Gardens and Grounds Guided Garden Tour visiting the Vegetable Garden Terraceoffers hour-long Gardens and Grounds Tours of Monticello eight times daily from April through October. The tours cover not only the vegetable gardens, but also the flower gardens, the grove, and a nursery exhibit recreated to show how Jefferson replenished his garden with new plants. The Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden Tour is an in-depth, experiential tour of Monticello's vegetable and fruit gardens featuring a Meet the Gardener segment and seasonal gardening activities, such as planting, harvesting, and sampling of crops ranging from asparagus to baby root vegetables.

The flower gardens and grove are discussed in the "Day in the Life" section "When the Flowers Were in Bloom." A more in-depth look at articles about Jefferson's interest in gardening are published online by Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.


In addition, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation sponsors Saturdays in the Gardens, a series of garden lectures, natural history walks,Summer Fruit Tasting Monticello and horticultural workshops. The series begins in late March and concludes  with our annual series of Christmas wreath workshops in late November and early December. Other scheduled events included fruit tastings; tree, bird, and wildflower walks; flower arranging seminars. Past presentations have ranged in topic from "Cooking Unusual Vegetables " to "Bugs, Balance, and Biodiversity: In Search of Garden Ecology."  Each September, the Foundation hosts the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, an annuall celebration of the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson featuring an array of gardening-related workshops, tastings, talks, and activities.

To assure that your trip to Monticello coincides with one of these special programs, see our event calendar.

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  • Garden tour.
  • Apples, peaches plums, and more being readied for the Saturdays in the Garden "Precious Refreshment" Summer Fruit Tasting.


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