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The Fruit Gardens

Overview of Fruits at Monticello

Jefferson's fruit gardens provided "precious refreshment" and served as part of his garden laboratory where he grew over 150 varieties of 31 of the finest temperate species of fruit.

The Site of The Fruit Gardens

Monticello's fruit gardens consisted of two orchards, two small neighboring vineyards, berry "squares," and several other plantings around the mountaintop.

The South Orchard

The South Orchard, just below the Vegetable Garden, featured the most diverse selection of fruits at Monticello.


The Vineyards

Jefferson strived to add grape culture to Monticello and planted several varieties of both European and American species.

The Nurseries and Fruit Propagation

Monticello's Nurseries were a sanctuary for Jefferson's favorite trees and shrubs and a proving ground for new plants.

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