Join us for an Open House and plant sale celebrating roses at the Center for Historic Plants. Spring is the perfect time for planting and the Monticello nursery will have a wide variety of roses, perennials, trees, shrubs, and seeds available for sale. Our knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Event Highlights

  • Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and explore the Center’s collection of antique roses with Monticello’s own rose expert, Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett.

  • Monticello’s Peggy Cornett will be sharing the history of our antique roses during two rose garden tours at 10am- 10:30am and 1:00pm-1:30pm.

  • We invite all guests to participate in our inaugural Garden Book Exchange. Dust off an old book and bring home a new title. Simple exchange rules apply: bring one take one, bring two take two and so on. No magazines please.

  • Take part in our recycling initiative! Bring any empty nursery plant pots to our pot recycling station during the plant sale. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help make the Center for Historic Plants more sustainable by reducing our use of single-use-plastics. The Center will be sanitizing and reusing the reclaimed pots for future sales.
GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA

Credit card sales only.

Peggy Cornett sitting in the woods at MonticelloPeggy Cornett has worked at Monticello since 1983. She began as Associate Director of Gardens and Grounds, and then, from 1992-2009, she served as Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants before assuming her current position as Curator of Plants at Monticello. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Botany, and she has a master’s degree in Public Garden Administration and Museum Studies from the Longwood Graduate Program of the University of Delaware.