Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and taste local wines in the garden. In celebration of the rose, Monticello’s Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett will present “Preserving Historic Roses at Monticello,” followed by a tour of the Center’s rose collection. Young Thomas Jefferson planted “suckering roses” as early as 1767 in the gardens of his boyhood home, Shadwell. His lifelong quest for roses to adorn the Monticello landscape ranged from the elite formal gardens of Paris to America’s premier plant nursery on Long Island, New York. The history of the rose is often intertwined with the stories of the people who grew them. Today our search for the old garden species that Jefferson grew includes the stories of the people who rescue these forgotten treasures from historic cemeteries and neglected home sites. Peggy’s illustrated presentation will illuminate the journeys of the roses and rose enthusiasts who have contributed to our preservation efforts at Monticello and the Center for Historic Plants.
From noon-2pm, don’t miss the “Father of Virginia Wine,” Gabriele Rausse, as he hosts a tasting of his esteemed local wines. A wide selection of historic plants, including antique roses, will be for sale.
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.
Gabriele Rausse, Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds, first grafted Jefferson’s 1807 wine varietals for Monticello in 1984. Eleven years later he joined the staff as Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds. Gabriele, a native of Vicenza, Italy, graduated in Agricultural Science from Milan University. He first worked for the Tenuta Santa Margherita winery outside Venice and later was invited to Virginia to begin what is now Barboursville Vineyards in 1976. Gabriele, “the father of Virginia wine,” has helped to start over 40 vineyards and ten Virginia wineries, and was nominated the Virginia wine industry's Man of the Year in 1996. At a recent talk by noted wine critic and author, John Hailman, Gabriele was called "the nicest guy in the Virginia wine industry."