New this year! Join us as we say farewell to summer’s gardens and welcome the plants of fall. We will be displaying and tasting Monticello’s bounty of fruits and vegetables from our farm and gardens and enjoying special presentations by Monticello’s Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett and Monticello’s Beekeepers Paul Legrand and Leslie Bouterie. Shop our full plant palette and help us to ring in the harvest season culminating in our 14th annual Heritage Harvest Festival on October 3.
9 AM - 2 PM, Jefferson’s Tufton Farm · FREE; no registration required. GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA
Peggy 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.
Paul Legrand is the beekeeper at Monticello. The Monticello bee project started 10 years ago when he offered to start, maintain, and fund an apiary here. The first apiary is 900 feet down the hill from the main house at Monticello. Two years later Paul added a second apiary at Tufton Farm, 1 1/4 miles from the first apiary, to help benefit the gardens and nursery at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Prior to these projects, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a beekeeper in a northern suburb of New York City.
Leslie Bouterie joined the Monticello beekeeping team in 2015. After moving to Charlottesville from Washington, DC where she worked in museum education and development, Leslie soon became involved with Monticello’s apiaries. Her keen interest prompted research, continuing education, and enthusiastic participation in apiary projects and improvements. Despite the need to carry an Epipen, she is passionate about honeybees and is dedicated to fostering the Monticello Bee Projects and complementary Community Outreach.