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Spring Open House, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

Free All ages
Tufton Farm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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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. Pollinators are the theme in talks by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s Ira Wallace, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Grace Chapman Elton, and Monticello’s Beekeeper, Paul Legrand.

Bees and other native pollinators are very important for the productivity of your vegetable garden; in “Attracting Pollinators to Your Vegetable Garden,” Ira will share tried-and-true practices that welcome pollinators and other beneficial insects to your vegetable garden for an abundant harvest. Then, learn how to create a native landscape that will attract and support our pollinators in “Native Plants for Pollinators;” in this talk, Grace will discuss our area’s most common pollinators as well as landscape design tips and her favorite native plants to use in your home garden. Beekeeper Paul will also share tricks for swarm prevention after the hive’s first year.

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

GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA


Speaker Bios

Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a Central Virginia Master Gardener and a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), the lead plaintiff in OSGATA ET AL v Monsanto. She co-organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and speaks throughout the southeast.  She blogs at  and

Grace Chapman Elton is Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which is comprised of 83 acres with 50 acres of developed gardens in Richmond, VA. Grace has a strong public horticulture background with experience at premier gardens in the United States and United Kingdom. She was horticulture supervisor and adjunct professor at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University in Ambler, Pennsylvania.  As a recipient of the prestigious Martin McLaren Horticulture Scholar award presented by the Garden Club of America, Grace studied botanic garden education, practical horticulture and landscape design in England at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Horticulture Society Rosemoor, the Eden Project, and the Chelsea Physic Garden; and in Scotland at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. She has served as lead horticulturist in award-winning group efforts at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show and the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Shows.  Grace has a Master of Science in public horticulture with a certificate in museum studies from the Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in environmental horticulture with a public gardens management specialization from University of Florida.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (CVNLA) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and as a member of the Longwood Visiting Committee.  Grace was honored as a “Richmond Top 40 Under 40” for Style Weekly Magazine in 2013.  Her hobbies include backpacking, organic vegetable gardening, quilting, and beekeeping.

Paul Legrand is the beekeeper at Monticello. The Monticello bee project started 6 1/2 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.

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At least 2 hours
Indoor & Outdoor


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