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The tulip was probably the most prominent and successful flower in the garden at Monticello. Bernard McMahon regularly sent the "best Tulips of Various kinds" including the spectacular parrot type, and he instructed they be "planted as directed on Page 258 of my book." Many of the varieties grown at Monticello had the striped flowers that were fashionable then, rather than solid colors.
Adapted from Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello by Edwin M. Betts and Hazlehurst Bottom Perkins; revised and enlarged by Peter J. Hatch.
Cultivars blooming at Monticello in 2018:
‘Duc van Tol Cochineal’
Tulips at Monticello
Tulips were the most frequently mentioned plants in Jefferson's records. Monticello's Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett explains how prominently they featured in the lives of Jefferson and his family.
8,000 Bulbs for a Beautiful Spring
When do you get ready for spring? At Monticello, our flower gardeners are at it October through December every year, planting 8,000 bulbs to ensure a beautiful bloom season.