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Saturdays In The Garden

A series of garden lectures, natural history walks, and horticultural workshops.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 5:45am to 7:30am
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 the sunrise, breathtaking views, light breakfast, a...
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and taste local wines in the garden. Roses were among the many plants Thomas Jefferson sought and cultivated both at Monticello and his retreat home, Poplar Forest. Peggy Cornett, Monticello’s Curator of Plants and an expert on antique...
Saturday, June 6, 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...
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 6:00am to Monday, June 15, 2015 - 9:00pm
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 rangers will be on hand to supervise the event. Free; no registration required...
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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, dispel myths about poisonous mushrooms and learn how to...
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, June 19, 2015 - 5:00pm
“Preserving Jefferson’s Gardens and Landscapes” This one-week course will use the gardens and landscapes of Monticello and the University of Virginia as an outdoor classroom for the study of historic landscape preservation. Lectures, workshops, field trips, and practical working experiences will...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 will learn about stream ecology, habitats, flora, and fauna with expert naturalists.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Thomas Jefferson wrote, in 1818, that “in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines.” Come celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine during the Wine Festival at Monticello! Join us on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 6 - 9pm, for an unforgettable evening on...
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 the Monticello groves.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 experimental vine plantings. Learn how to make your own...

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