Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden Tour at Monticello
Our new, two-hour, experiential tour of Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable and fruit gardens—his Revolutionary Garden—includes an in-depth guided walk followed by a Meet the Gardener segment with Monticello’s professional staff. Visitors participate in seasonal gardening activities, such as planting, harvesting, and sampling crops ranging from asparagus to baby root vegetables.
- House Tour at 11:30 (immediately following the Revolutionary Garden Tour)
- Gardens and Grounds Tours (April-October)
- Slavery at Monticello Tours (April-October)
- Film, Exhibitions, and Griffin Discovery Room at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center
Scheduling a Revolutionary Garden Tour
Tickets for these tours typically sell out in advance. To make your reservation online, please click on the tickets icon above. Online reservations close at 5 pm the day prior to the tour.
Please plan to arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before the time of your reservation. Please note that your ticket includes a House Tour at 11:30 am, following the Revolutionary Garden Tour.
Guidelines for Revolutionary Garden Tours
Please arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before your Tour. The guide will greet participants at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Welcome Pavilion.
There are no refunds unless the Tour is canceled by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
- Bags and Backpacks. None exceeding 11 x 15 x 6 inches are allowed beyond the Shuttle Station.
- In the House. Eating, drinking, chewing gum and using tobacco products are prohibited. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. Still photography, filming, and video recording are prohibited. Visitors are urged not to touch or lean on walls or furnishings.
- On the Grounds. The West Lawn is open to visitors; otherwise visitors are asked to remain on designated paths and trails. Smoking is not permitted near the house or its dependencies and terraces.
- Accessibility and Children: Because of the uneven terrain, steep inclines, gravel paths, and some stairs, this tour is not handicapped-accessible and is not recommended for individuals who may have difficulty climbing or descending as many as 30 stairs unassisted. These tours are recommended for adults and children 7 and older.
- Photography: Still photography, filming and video recording for personal use are permitted on the grounds of Monticello. No photography of any kind is allowed inside the house.
- Pets. Pets are allowed on the grounds if leashed. With the exception of certified service dogs, pets are not allowed in any buildings or on the shuttle buses. Visitors who bring pets are required to clean up after them.
- Smoking. Monticello is a smoke-free site.
- Visiting with Kids. Families with toddlers are encouraged to use small strollers when touring the house. Families with active or restless young children may be asked to take turns touring the house, as a courtesy to other visitors.