I've been to Monticello twice since moving to Charlottesville and have yet to go into the house. The grounds keep me totally occupied. There are flower gardens, orchards, and the enormously wonderful vegetable garden. The Gardening Club of Virginia accurately restored the gardens utilizing Jefferson's meticulous records and plans. During restoration, they discovered that if they shone their headlights on the yard they could SEE the old outline of the garden foot paths behind Monticello.
|Crown Imperial Lily, Fritillaria imperialis|
We strolled the grounds with Peter taking in his enthusiasm for gardening while our eyes feasted on the beautiful scenery. Monticello's high elevation provides a scenic panoramic view of surrounding mountains and Charlottesville. Winding our way through the largest Tulips I have ever seen, a trail of color lining the main pathways to the house, surrounding us. Dancing Columbines, Jeffersonia Diphylla, Tree Peonies, and other spring bloomers were side notes to the Tulips. The massive trees were leafing out and remnants of patches of the early showing of yellow Daffodils were lingering in the grassy hillsides. The grounds of Monticello are amazing any season but Spring should not be missed!
My next gardening week event is organized through the Newcomers Club and hosted by the Monticello Gardening Club. Then, I will be returning to our family home to gather some cuttings and divide some plants while turning a half a century old on Easter Sunday.