On Thursday, October 27, Peter Hatch presented “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello.” Hatch is the Director Emeritus of Gardens & Grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He was responsible for maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of the 2,400-acre landscape at Monticello from 1977 to 2012.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” Restored in 1984, the garden and the Jefferson legacy continue to inspire the farm to table movement today. Peter told stories of plants dying, seed collecting compromised by naughty harvesters, varieties not being true to name, and more.
You can watch the entire lecture here or on our YouTube channel.