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Spring Open House, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

Free All ages
Jefferson's Tufton Farm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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

Join acclaimed garden designer, plantsman, and author Cole Burrell for his presentation, “Designing for Habitat: From Back Yards to Byways.” What does a garden need to attract and sustain wildlife? How do we meet the aesthetic goals of owners while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and exotic plants? This lecture explores the possibilities and limitations of designing sustainable habitat gardens at various scales, from urban spaces to rural retreats.

Don’t miss Monticello’s Beekeeper Paul Legrand, who will discuss what it takes to become a successful beekeeper.

GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA

C. Colston Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award winning author and photographer. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. Cole is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology. He has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and his abiding respect for regional landscapes with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices. Cole’s latest book, Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide, coauthored with Judith Knott Tyler, received the 2007 American Horticultural Society Book Award.

Paul Legrand has been a beekeeper for more than 27 years. When he and his wife, Mary, moved to Charlottesville in 2009, he continued his passion for keeping honeybees by starting and maintaining an apiary in 2010 at Monticello. That apiary is located just down the hill from Jefferson’s home. In the spring of 2012, Paul began a second apiary at Tufton Farm, one of Jefferson’s original quarter farms, which is now home to the Center for Historic Plants. In 2014 Paul added a third apiary, this time at James Monroe’s Highland. He maintains an active career in the financial planning field, while working year-round on this rewarding and worthwhile endeavor. He is committed to helping the apiaries provide valuable pollination services for the gardens of these historic properties and area farms, and to harvesting honey to benefit each institution.

Event At A Glance:
At least 2 hours
Indoor & Outdoor

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