Cherokee Garden Library: Peter Hatch: "A Rich Spot of Earth:" Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States of America, was a revolutionary gardener. Today, the vegetables and herbs Jefferson favored are thriving in the 1,000-foot terraced vegetable garden at his home Monticello. Extensively and painstakingly restored under Peter J. Hatch’s brilliant direction, Jefferson’s unique vegetable garden now boasts the same medley of plants he enthusiastically cultivated in the early nineteenth century. The garden is a living expression of Jefferson’s genius and his distinctly American attitudes. Its impact on the culinary, garden and landscape history of the United States continues to the present day.
Since 1977, Hatch has played an essential role in the maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of Monticello's 2,400-acre landscape. He has written several previous books on Jefferson’s gardens and is an advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.
This special evening is a fundraising event for the Cherokee Garden Library endowment. Individual ticket, $25; patron levels are $250, $500, and $1,000. Reservations are required. Call 404.814.4046 or email.