Today At Monticello

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A series of garden lectures, natural history walks, and horticultural workshops.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

Join Jerry Therrien on a two-hour hike through Monticello’s rich forests, and help identify trees and shrubs by observing their habitat, structure, form, texture, and buds. Also discover how to recognize herbaceous plants and winter weeds by...



Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 17:30 - 19:30

Join seasoned birder Jerry Therrien for an evening of listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls and learning about their habits. This educational walk begins at 5:30 pm and meets at the Trailhead on the...



Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

This first in a three part series will help the home vegetable gardener maximize yields using sequential planting methods. Join Amy Jeffries at the...



Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 18:00 - 20:00

Join instructors from Charlottesville’s Speak! Language Center as they  prepare homemade tagliatelle and share their knowledge of Italian food and culture. Jefferson’s 1787 journey to Italy and his purchase of an authentic Italian “macaroni...



Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

Learn the techniques for pen and ink script from Monticello’s talented vegetable gardener Pat Brodowski, who creates the beautiful plant labels for the Monticello gardens. Have fun decorating your own set of labels.



Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:00 - 10:30

Learn the basics of bird identification and binocular technique with Jerry Therrien as you explore the bird habitats at Secluded Farm. We recommend warm, waterproof shoes, long pants, and binoculars.



Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Skill at grafting is the true mark of gardening expertise, but it’s also easy to learn and fun to do. Gabriele Rausse will lead this two-hour workshop designed...



Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Few horticultural practices are as misunderstood as pruning, particularly for fruit trees. Join Gabriele Rausse and Monticello fruit gardener Oliver Asberger in the Monticello South Orchard for this two-hour workshop and learn the proper pruning...



Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join Pat Brodowski at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants’ propagation facility for this two-hour, hands-on workshop full of gardening tips and practical advice for summer gardening. Participants will start seed from the Monticello...



Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 09:30 - 12:00

“Father of Virginia Wine” Gabriele Rausse will lead this two-hour workshop in the Monticello vineyards. He’ll discuss the basic principles of grape growing—variety and site selection, trellis systems, soil preparation, planting, pruning, pest...



Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join Debbie Donley, Monticello’s flower gardener and a professional artist, for this painting workshop in the flower gardens of Monticello. She will demonstrate both simple line-drawing and basic water color techniques. Participants will be...



Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Discover the spring-flowering trees and shrubs of Virginia in the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum with trail ranger Jerry Therrien. The Arboretum contains around 200 hundred different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn...



Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 09:00 - 12:00

This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the botanical treasures of early spring: trout lilies, Virginia blue bells,...



Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:00 - 12:00

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, come join the staff of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to beautify the park you have come to love. We will clear rustic trails, clean up landscape beds in the Arboretum, and complete a variety of other projects...



Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:00 - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 18:00

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...



Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:00 - 16:00

Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s architectural historian, will outline the current transformational project called Reuniting Monticello’s Mountaintop Landscape, which reestablishes the link between the ornamental landscape surrounding the houseand...



Monday, April 20, 2015 - 18:00 - 20:00

In celebration of Garden Week in Virginia, join us for a conversation with Stephen Orr,...



Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

Join Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, for a lecture in the Woodland Pavilion on Jefferson’s exceptional vegetable garden and fruitery, including present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson’s horticultural legacy,...


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 14:00 - 16:00

 

Focusing on Jefferson’s flower gardens at Monticello, Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett explores the flora that defines our horticultural heritage. Following the lecture you can drive on your own to the Thomas Jefferson Center for...


Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:00 - 10:00

Learn the basics of bird identification and explore a variety of habitats in this rigorous, three-hour walk during the spring migratory season. Peggy Cornett and Jerry Therrien will lead this trek from Tufton Farm to the Rivanna River. We...



Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:00 - 15:00

Celebrate Jefferson's botanical legacy 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. Enjoy guided garden tours and ask...



Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Learn how to bring nature to your home garden with native plant gardener Julie Roller on this two-hour tour of the Virginia native plantings around the LEED Gold-certified Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center landscape, where many of the wildflowers...



Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 09:30 - 15:30

This exclusive one-day painting workshop features watercolor instruction by Lara Call Gastinger, a renowned botanical artist and illustrator of the flora of Virginia. Enjoy painting early spring buds and flowers by learning color mixing, layering...



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

In eighteenth-century America, herbs were valued for their many uses as flavorings, medicines, dyestuffs, etc. Focusing on the herbs documented by Thomas Jefferson in his garden book and correspondence, Lily Fox-Bruguiere will lead a tour of the...



Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 05:45 - 07:30

This early morning trek, led by Monticello Trail Manager Jason Stevens, begins at the Visitor Center and ends atop Montalto, Thomas Jefferson’s first land acquisition, which stands 410 feet above Monticello Mountain. Once there, you will enjoy...



Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join naturalist Jerry Therrien on a tour of the summer happenings with plants at the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum. The Arboretum contains around 200 different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn different aspects of the...



Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 06:00 - Monday, June 15, 2015 - 21:00

During this three-day weekend only, kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. Adults must accompany children. Parkway managers and...



Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join local amateur mycologist Zuzana Ponca on an exploration of Monticello’s remote woodland trails to scour the forest floor in search of colorful, ephemeral, edible and inedible mushrooms. We will discuss the fungi’s role in forest ecology,...



Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 09:00 - Friday, June 19, 2015 - 17:00

“Preserving Jefferson’s Gardens and Landscapes”



Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

This two-hour family-friendly excursion explores the wild plants and critters of the pond along the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Young explorers and their favorite grownups...



Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Monticello's Curator of Gardens Eleanor Gould will lead this two-hour walk through the Monticello landscape to discover Jefferson’s arboreal world in his own words. The tour will include many unusual ornamental specimens and native monarchs of...



Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join Gabriele Rausse, the “father of Virginia wine,” for this fun, two-hour session on wine production. “No nation is drunken when wine is cheap,” said Thomas Jefferson, who apparently failed to make a Monticello-grown vintage despite years of...



Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

The landscaping of the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, recipient of a LEED Gold Level certification, is designed to blend the buildings into the native Monticello woodlands with plantings of Virginia’s native plant species, including 40 species...



Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Flower gardener Debbie Donley will provide the tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grownups to discover their inner talents amid the natural woodland setting of the...



Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join Monticello garden curator Eleanor Gould for a hands-on cooking class featuring period recipes from the Monticello Kitchen. Dishes will be prepared using seasonal produce harvested from the garden. Finish the morning with a demonstration and...



Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

This final session in the series is for home vegetable gardeners using sequential planting methods. Join Monticello's Brian Hartsock at CHP’s propagation facility for...



Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join Monticello's garden curator Eleanor Gould for a fun, hands-on, family-friendly cooking class. Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting...



Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Heirloom tomatoes are now at the height of fashion, and one can only marvel at the genetic diversity found in everyone’s favorite homegrown vegetable. This participatory workshop includes examining and rating a variety of tomatoes. Ira Wallace of...



Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Enjoy the harvests of summer, what Thomas Jefferson referred to as “precious refreshment.” Gabriele Rausse and staff will entertain participants with the fruits of summer: early apples, peaches, figs, grapes, nectarines, apple cider, blackberries...



Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Ferns will be the excuse for this ramble along Henderson Creek in the forests of Tufton Farm. Peggy Cornett will lead this two-hour cross-country walk through a uniquely pristine, relatively undisturbed, and isolated natural woodland, pointing...



Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Join naturalist Jerry Therrien on a tour of the summer happenings with plants at the Saunders-Monticello Trail Arboretum. The Arboretum contains around 200 different varieties of native plants of Albemarle County. Learn different aspects of the...



Friday, September 11, 2015 - 09:00 - 21:00

Get ready for the full Heritage Harvest Festival with a full day of Pre-Festival Premium Workshops, a Keynote Presentation, and a Chef's Harvest Dinner at Montalto overlooking Charlottesville and Monticello.



Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 09:00 - 18:00

Celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson during the 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Thomas Jefferson, America’s “First foodie,” championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable...



Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 09:00 - 12:00

Celebrate Charlottesville’s Day of Caring by by joining the staff of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to beautify the park you have come to love. We will...



Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

Enjoy breathtaking views from Montalto and watch the fall hawk migration with Jerry Therrien. Learn how to identify these lofty raptors by their shapes, flight patterns, and plumage. Prepare for cooler temperatures atop Jefferson’s “high mountain...



Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Learn to create beautiful floral arrangements with horticulturist and floral designer Kathryn Nokes. Using the display gardens of the Thomas...



Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

Thomas Jefferson’s passion for gardening arose from his truly wide-eyed curiosity about natural history and the “tranquil pursuits” of science. Monticello Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett, will lead this two-hour trek through the forests of...



Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:00

This evening trek, led by Saunders-Monticello Trail Manager Jason Stevens, begins at the Visitor Center and ends atop Montalto, Thomas Jefferson’s first land acquisition, which stands 410 feet above Monticello Mountain. Once there, you will enjoy...



Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 09:30 - 11:30

This annual event, truly a unique opportunity to explore the essence of the apple, has been among our most popular programs. Supermarkets today provide only a limited sample of the thousands of apple varieties once available to 19th-century fruit...



Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00

This two-hour ramble through Monticello's forest during the waning days of the fall foliage display will concentrate on identifying trees by their bark fruit, seeds, buds, and habit. Jerry Therrien and Peggy Cornett will lead this adventure...