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Saturdays In The Garden

A series of garden lectures, natural history walks, and horticultural workshops.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
The landscaping of the David M. Rubenstein 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 of trees, over 50 species of flowering shrubs, and...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 Saunders-Monticello Trail . All materials are provided for this family-friendly, morning-long workshop.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 tasting of one of Jefferson’s favorite desserts:...
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 this two-hour, hands-on workshop full of gardening tips and practical advice for your late-season garden. Participants will start...
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites...
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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 the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Pat...
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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, pears, and others. Short talks on the history of...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 out the native plants as they go. There is no trail on...
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 native flora, including the edible varieties that are...
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Get ready for the full Heritage Harvest Festival with a full day of Pre-Festival Premium Workshops.

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