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

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:30 - 11:30

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



Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 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...



Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 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...



Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 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 30, 2014 - 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 4, 2014 - 09:30 - 12:00

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, September 6, 2014 - 09:30 - 11:30

For more than 50 years, Professor Lincoln Brower has investigated the overwintering, migration, and conservation biology of monarch butterflies. In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Brower will share his field expeditions and describe conservation...



Friday, September 12, 2014 - 09:00 - 18:30

Celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson during the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Thomas Jefferson, America’s “First foodie,” championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable...



Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 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, September 18, 2014 - 07:00 - 10:00

Join Jerry Therrien for a three-hour hike on the Saunders- Monticello Trail and Secluded Farm to observe the annual bird migration. Learn the basics of bird identification and explore a rich variety of habitats. Wear waterproof shoes and long...



Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 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, September 27, 2014 - 09:30 - 12:00

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, October 4, 2014 - 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...



Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30

Thomas Jefferson believed in the virtues of agrarian life for establishing America as a free and...



Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 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...



Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 09:00 - 15:00

Learn to pair heirloom bulbs with native flowers and grasses in a meadow garden, large or small, with local gardening teacher, consultant, and writer Cathy Clary during her presentation "Spring and Fall in Virginia: Combining Bulbs and Meadows."...



Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 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...



Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:30 - 11:30

This exploration of the Saunders-Monticello Trail Fruit and Nut Room will answer your questions about which berries, nuts, and other fruits are edible. Learn about...



Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:30 - 11:30

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...



Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 09:30 - 11:30

Vinegar was an integral ingredient in various Jefferson-family recipes, and there’s more to vinegar, translated literally as “sour wine,” than salad dressing. Most people are unaware of the rich traditions of using vinegar in cooking, as a food...



Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 17:00 - 19:00

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 p.m. and meets at the Trailhead on the...



Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 09:30 - 12:00

Visitors to Monticello’s Kitchen Garden are unfailingly curious about how to prepare many of the odd and rare vegetables found there. Gabriele Rausse is a chef revered by his colleagues and friends for his ability to simply transform ordinary and...



Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:00 - 16:00

These ever-popular workshops, in their 28th year, produce a gratifying and tangible end product: a beautiful holiday wreath. Janet Miller, Lou Hatch, and Maggie Stemann Thompson will lead participants through the process in these three-hour...



Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 08:00 - 10:30

Winter is the season to discover the resident birds in a rich variety of habitats. Jerry Therrien and Peggy Cornett will lead this three-hour trek from Tufton Farm to the Rivanna River. We recommend warm, waterproof shoes and binoculars.



Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 08:00 - 10:30

Discover the birds of open fields and mature forests at Secluded Farm with bird expert Jerry Therrien. Learn the basics of bird identification and explore on this three-hour hike. We recommend waterproof shoes, long pants, and binoculars...