Monday Apr 22 2013

Andre Viette, "Gardens: Tips for the Modern Gardener, Plants Jefferson Knew"

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Monticello's West Lawn (map)
Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reservations: Required

Make Monticello a part of your visit during Historic Garden Week in Virginia when more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks are open to visitors. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Garden Club of Virginia by joining us for an elegant garden party on the West Lawn of Monticello with renowned horticulturalist André Viette.

Located in picturesque Fishersville, Virginia, Viette’s Farm and Nursery grows over 3,000 varieties of perennials, trees, shrubs, and evergreens for both the sun and shade.  In addition to developing this business, Mr. Viette conducts a radio gardening program for WSVA in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  ‘In the Garden’ is a national weekly three-hour call-in program, airing every Saturday from 8-11 a.m. in four states as well as Washington, D.C. A 2004 recipient of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, the highest honor given by the American Horticultural Society, Mr. Viette is an accomplished author and lecturer, having taught ten different horticultural courses at Blue Ridge Community College for 29 years.  Mr. Viette will speak about the changes in gardening from Jefferson's time to the present.

Enjoy informal tours of Monticello and the gardens, fine Virginia wine, and heavy hors d'oeuvres on the West Lawn of Monticello.

Explore Jefferson’s lifelong passion for gardening, botany and agriculture while enjoying the beauty and variety of Monticello’s restored 1,000-foot-long vegetable garden, the winding walk flower border, restored by the Garden Club of Virginia in 1939-41, two orchards, two vineyards and an 18-acre “grove,” or ornamental forest. The gardens and orchards have been restored to their appearance during Jefferson’s retirement years, and many of the trees, vegetables and flowers that Jefferson cultivated grow here today. In tribute to Jefferson, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is devoted to the preservation and distribution of plants known in early American gardens, especially varieties grown by Jefferson.

Gardens and Grounds Tours, offered daily, explore the restored flower and vegetable gardensgrove, and orchards.  Tours start at 10:15 a.m. until the last one each day at 4:15 p.m.  The Monticello Museum Shop, located in the new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center on Monticello grounds, sells a wide selection of historic seeds and plants.

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