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“The flowers come forth like the belles of the day…” wrote Thomas Jefferson in May 1811, when his precious flowering bulbs had their “reign of beauty and splendor.” Today many of the same varieties enjoyed by the Jefferson household—from hyacinths and tulips to iris, amaryllis, and tuberose—continue to rule the stage in the Monticello gardens, where they flourish and entertain. Peggy Cornett, Monticello’s Curator of Plants, will celebrate flowering bulbs in her presentation, “Belles of the Day:” 200 Years of Bulbs at Monticello.
Join Monticello’s Vegetable Gardener Pat Brodowski as she prepares edible treats from wild fruits and nuts foraged from our local woodlands. Fall is the perfect time for planting and the Monticello nursery will have a wide range of trees, shrubs, and perennials for sale; overstock items will be discounted. Enjoy guided garden tours and ask our knowledgeable nursery staff your gardening questions.
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.
Pat Brodowski plants and maintains Monticello’s 2-acre kitchen garden of heirloom vegetables and herbs. She researches and plants varieties most likely grown by Thomas Jefferson, and produces seeds for The Shop at Monticello. Pat graduated from Cornell University in Agriculture, was the educator and historian at a 19th-century farm museum for eight years, and recently researched the history of Jefferson’s herbs and salad greens for her master’s degree.