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Thomas Jefferson: Landscape Designer

Thomas Jefferson believed that landscape design should be considered one of the fine arts along with painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and poetry. He clarified that he did not mean horticulture, but rather the “art of embellishing grounds by fancy.” Jefferson fully immersed himself in the literature, principles, and people associated with the most fashionable gardens of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His canvas for experimenting and developing his own style of landscape design were his two plantations: Monticello and Poplar Forest. This class will examine Jefferson’s influences (including his brief time in England), plans for his landscapes, and the details of specific elements he designed to embellish his grounds. There will be a specific focus on new discoveries being made at Poplar Forest, Jefferson’s retreat house in Bedford County.   

Instructor Bio:

Jack Gary is the director of archaeology and landscapes at Poplar Forest, where he implements all phases of archaeological research and laboratory analysis. Prior to his tenure at Poplar Forest, he was an archaeologist at the Andrew Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Mr. Gary received his master of arts in historical archaeology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and his bachelor of arts in anthropology at the College of William and Mary.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A43 Jack Gary Mar 17, 24, 31, Apr 7 Fr 1:00-2:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church WL

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