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. Enjoy guided garden tours and ask our knowledgeable staff your gardening questions

Join local gardening expert Fran Boninti for her popular “Tool Time Tips” talk. From clothing to hand tools to tree extractors, Fran will share opinions on her 40-year experience with tools, good and bad. Hear ideas on repurposing things you already own and finding great gifts for gardening friends. This talk is appropriate for novice to experienced gardeners.

Also presenting is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s Ira Wallace who will discuss her inspiring new book, Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia. Learn tips and techniques for growing garden-fresh salads, vine ripened tomatoes, crisp green peppers and dozens of other delicious edibles year-round in your Virginia garden. Ira will cover soil building, planting dates, succession sowing, mulch, managing water, selecting the best varieties and more for abundant harvests across the state.

Monticello’s Tufton Farm · FREE; no registration required. GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA


Originally from Long Island, Fran Boninti has lived in Charlottesville for over 45 years and has always had a garden. Since 1981, Fran and her husband, Andrew, have designed, planted, and maintained every tree, shrub, perennial, etc. in their 3-acre garden. Fran has always had a special place in her heart for natives. She’s a charter member of the Jefferson Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Monticello Bird Club; a member of the Rivanna Garden Club since 1991; Emeritus Garden Club of Virginia State Horticulture Chair, and was on the GCV State Horticulture Board for eight years; Master Gardener since 1991; former Monticello Garden Guide for 17 years and did special tours every year including bird, wildflower, fern and natural history walks; Natural History Guide for Ivy Creek Nature Preserve for 24 years; has taught a Beginners Guide to Native Plants Gardening class for Olli; and an active member in a number of additional horticultural organizations. The Bonintis also host many tours through their property every spring.

Ira Wallace is an organic grower, author, speaker, visionary, and worker/owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she coordinates outreach, education, and new seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply through seed-saving and sustainable gardening. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Ira is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Her new book, Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia, will be available March 2020 online and at booksellers everywhere.