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Historic Landscape Institute

Preserving Jefferson's Gardens and Landscapes
June 14-19, 2015

For a week in June, the gardens and grounds of Monticello and the University of Virginia will serve as the setting for a unique educational experience in the theory and practice of historic landscape preservation.

The Historic Landscape Institute will offer students an introduction to the fields of landscape history, garden restoration, and historical horticulture by using the landscapes designed by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and the University of Virginia as case studies and outdoor classrooms. Participants will engage in a forty-hour week of instruction, with the bulk of that time spent on site. Occasional, moderately strenuous activity will be required in the gardens. Monticello garden pavilion

Student evaluations of past Landscape Institutes were universally enthusiastic. One participant said, “This is the best conference I have ever attended: a thorough look at all of the issues with insights from real experts!” Another wrote, “The Institute was the academic highlight of my association with the University of Virginia.” Still another student remarked, “It was a lifetime experience to work and learn on the mountain.”

Setting . . . Faculty . . . Cost . . . Accommodations. . . Selection Process . . . Sample Scheduled Events . . . Additional Information and How to Apply . . .  Application Form 


Monticello is the only American home, and the University of Virginia the only educational institution, on the elite World Heritage List of the United Nations. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello's twin mission of preservation and education has been expressed in the garden world of Thomas Jefferson. Today the University of Virginia landscape represents many layers of history, retaining much of the integrity of the Founder's design while adapting to the changing demands of each new generation of scholars.  


The program for the Institute involves a combination of lectures, walking tours, workshops, field trips, and "hands on" experience in the gardens. Instruction will be provided by the staff of Monticello and its Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, including Co-directors Peggy Cornett and Gabriele Rausse. Mary Hughes from the University of Virginia’s Office of the Architect will also lecture and serve as Co-director. Other eminent scholars will also lecture: Peter Hatch, former director of Monticello's gardens and grounds; Will Rieley, Landscape Architect for the Garden Club of Virginia; Charles Pepper, Deputy Director of the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation; and Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.


Tuition for the week-long Institute is $500 for 2015 and includes three lunches, two dinner/receptions, but not lodging or other meals. The estimated cost of lodging is $40 per day.


Successful applicants will have the opportunity to stay on grounds at the University of Virginia. Students are responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners. University food services and local restaurants are available within walking distance. Transportation will be provided to Monticello each day.  

Selection Process 

The number of participants for the 2015 Institute is limited. Applicants will be selected upon submission of the application form and résumé. This one-week program is designed to fit a variety of interests and educational backgrounds ranging from amateur to professional in the fields of horticulture, history, and landscape architecture. Completed applications must be received by April 30, 2015.

A Sampling of scheduled Events


  • Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden
  • Eighteenth Century Virginia Plantation Gardens
  • The Preservation of Cultural Landscapes
  • Understanding Landscapes through Historic Maps and Surveys
  • Introduction to Landscape Archaeology


  • Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia
  • Monticello: House, Gardens, and Plantation
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Additional Information and How to Apply

Please include a one page résumé and statement of personal reasons for wanting to participate. Return your completed application form and a $25 non-refundable application fee by April 30, 2015 to:

The Historic Landscape Institute                                                       
Monticello, P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9816



Abigail Pollak Florida's picture
This garden is so awesome, paradise on earth.
Abigail Pollak ... (not verified)


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