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Spring Open House, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

Free All ages
Tufton Farm
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 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.

Don’t miss our excellent featured speakers: Krista and Rob Rahm of Forrest Green Farm and Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. In “Useful Herbs for the Home Garden,” Krista and Rob will take a look at 30+ herbs grown at the Monticello nursery and explore how they can be used to enhance your life with daily culinary uses, medicinal uses, herbal companion planting and to attract beneficial pollinators into the garden. This workshop includes handouts and sampling. Then, join Ira for her talk, “Grow More, Work Less: Expert Tips for Your Vegetable Garden:” learn ways to get the most from your vegetable garden space with easy soil-building and weed-control techniques, as well as succession plantings. Ira will also discuss planting self-sowing annual, perennial and biennial vegetables to extend the harvest season while saving time and money.

GPS Address: 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA

In 1992, Krista and Rob Rahm purchased a farm in Louisa, Virginia, with the desire to raise their children with a close connection to nature while respecting seasonal living, and knowing the value and health benefits of producing their own food. The Rahm family began the journey to make their farm sustainable by growing fruits and vegetables, raising animals for their meat, and growing and cultivating herbs for healing. After many years of learning to live off of the land, studying with medicinal herbal mentors, and making farming their full-time occupation, the Rahm’s began a new mission to educate people about Whole Living by supplying products and offering classes to support their mission. At Forrest Green Farm, they offer educational classes, over 400 varieties of herbs, vegetables and flowering plants, pasture raised chickens, beef, eggs, herbal teas, dips, seasonings, personal care products, naturally grown hay and registered Miniature Hereford cows. During the winter they utilize their greenhouses for a winter CSA of specialty greens and salad mixes.

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. In 2016, Ira received the Southern Foodways Alliance Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. 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

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

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