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A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Gardens at Monticello

This is a series of three illustrated lectures. Class 1: Thomas Jefferson, Gardener We will discuss the themes that defined Jefferson’s interest in horticulture, landscape design, and botany. We will also briefly review the history of Monticello after Jefferson’s death, and look at the restoration of the flower gardens and Grove. Class 2: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden We will explore Jefferson’s most ambitious horticultural effort: the 1,000-foot-long terraced vegetable garden. Class 3: The Fruit and Fruit Trees of Monticello will deal with Jefferson's (and his contemporaries) adventures in fruit growing and the dawn of American horticuture.

Instructor Bio:

Peter Hatch is the Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus for Monticello. From 1977 until 2012, he was responsible for the care, restoration, and interpretation of Jefferson’s 2,400-acre estate. He has written four books on Jefferson and gardening, and has lectured in 37 states on Monticello and the history of garden plants.

Recommended Reading:

Hatch, Peter J. The Gardens of Monticello, 1992. Hatch, Peter J. A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, 2014. Betts, Edwin, ed. Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book. 2001.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A305 Peter Hatch Mar 7, 14, 21 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. Alumni Hall (UVA) A

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