Historic Garden Week
Event At A Glance
Make Monticello a part your visit when more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks celebrate Historic Garden Week in Virginia, described as “America’s Largest Open House.” And don't miss Historic Garden Week's Southern Historic Albemarle Tour! Learn more now! >>
In addition to Monticello’s regular guided Gardens and Grounds Tours, our annual observance of Historic Garden Week in Virginia will include:
- April 18, 23, 25, 9 am: Spring Wildflower Walks - These three-hour, five-mile hikes through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River are a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike.
- Monday, April 20, 10 am: Restoring Monticello’s Kitchen Road - Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s architectural historian, will outline the current transformational project called Reuniting Monticello’s Mountaintop Landscape, which will reestablish the link between the ornamental landscape surrounding the house and its connection to the functioning plantation. A tour of the site follows Hallock’s lecture. 2 PM, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, FREE, registration required.
- Monday, April 20, 6-8 pm: Garden Week Conversation with Stephen Orr - In celebration of Garden Week in Virginia, join us for a conversation with Stephen Orr, Executive Editor, Condé Nast Traveler and author of The New American Herbal, a historically minded but modern approach to using herbs. Orr, a celebrated writer, editor and photographer who worked at Martha Stewart Living, visited Monticello while researching his new book. Orr is also the author of Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening. An informal reception and tours of the gardens and grounds will be offered prior to the event. $65 per person.
- Tuesday, April 21, 10 am: Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Monticello - Join Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, for a lecture on Jefferson’s exceptional vegeteable garden and fruitery, including present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson’s horticultural legacy, followed by a walking tour of Monticello's gardens. 10 am, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, FREE, registration required.
- Tuesday, April 21, 2 pm: Historic Plants at Monticello - Peggy Cornett explores the plants that define our horticultural heritage. A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants’ garden and nursery at Tufton Farm follows the lecture, where plants will be available for sale. Bring your Historic Garden Week and receive 10% off all purchases. 2 PM, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, FREE, registration required.
- Saturday, April 25, 9 am-3 pm: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Open House - Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a visit to Monticello’s nursery. Explore an inspiring display of historic plants in our preservation gardens, then find your favorites and more for sale in our nursery. FREE.
Receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the Shop at Monticello with a Historic Garden Week ticket stub.