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Saturdays In The Garden

A series of garden lectures, natural history walks, and horticultural workshops.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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, followed by a walking tour of the Monticello gardens. 10 am...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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 Historic Plants’ garden and nursery at Tufton Farm, where plants will...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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, spring beauties, and more. Be prepared for a strenuous...
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:00am to 10:00am
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 recommend waterproof shoes, long pants, and binoculars. Note...
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a visit to Monticello’s nursery, set within inspiring display gardens of historic plants in their full spring glory, and find your favorites and more for sale in our nursery. Learn how to translate your picture of the perfect garden into the home landscape with...
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 in the Monticello forest can be seen in a garden...
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
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 and detailed brushwork. All artistic levels are...
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am
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 useful herbs growing in the gardens at Monticello...
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...

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