CHP Open House · Wine and Roses
Event At A Glance
Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom while tasting local wines in the garden during this ever-popular event. Rosarian Connie Hilker of Hartwood Roses will present the best easy-care antique roses for Virginia gardens and answer questions about caring for roses in your own garden. In addition, Monticello’s Plant Curator Peggy Cornett will lead rose walks through the gardens discussing the long history of rose cultivation. Monticello’s Beekeeper Paul Legrand will talk about the life cycle of the first 18 months of a bee hive, including the major hurdles. From 1-3 pm, don’t miss the “Father of Virginia Wine,” Gabriele Rausse, as he hosts a tasting of his esteemed local wines. Enjoy guided garden tours, and ask our knowledgeable nursery staff your gardening questions. A wide selection of historic plants, including antique roses, will be for sale. FREE, no registration required; Tufton Farm, 9 am-3 pm.
Connie Hilker is an authority on historic roses and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation. She recently coordinated the restoration of the rose garden at Ben Lomond House in Manassas and currently manages the rose collection at historic Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. A lifelong gardener with over 700 varieties of roses in her personal garden, Connie lectures frequently at conferences and to garden groups about rose care and history. Connie’s overall message is that ‘roses are not rocket science’ and she strives to show that anyone with a basic knowledge of gardening can choose appropriate roses and grow them well. Connie is also well known as the owner of Hartwood Roses. Formerly a rose nursery, Hartwood Roses is now an educational display garden, at her home in Hartwood, Virginia (north of Fredericksburg). Connie lives with her husband, Steve, and their dog and three cats.
Paul Legrand is the beekeeper at Monticello. The bee project started 4 1/2 years ago when he offered to start, maintain, and fund a bee yard. The first yard, or apiary, is 900 feet down the hill from the main house at Monticello. Two years later he added a second bee yard at Tufton Farm, 1 1/4 miles from the first yard, to help benefit the gardens and nursery at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Prior to these projects, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a beekeeper in a northern suburb of New York City.