Even Thomas Jefferson Loved to Garden


By Nancy Smorch

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its (agri)culture.”  Thomas Jefferson

Click the link to the article in Martha Stewart’s magazine about Thomas Jefferson’s garden that has, in recent years, been restored to its original design and layout of plants, thanks to the efforts of Peter Hatch.  The full article is really quite interesting.  Hatch recently published his book, "A Rich Spot of Earth:  Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello," where he chronicles his journey to restore Jefferson’s garden. 

Hatch notes that many of the 330 vegetables Jefferson grew were new to North America - coming from all over the world.  And, much of Jefferson’s gardening practices would be of interest to organic gardeners, as he was, obviously, chemical free, and he experimented with nourishing the soil as well as playing around with various growing practices and experiments.

Jefferson also wrote a book, "Garden Book," which is 60 years worth of his gardening experiences.  You can also visit Monticello Catalog and order seeds and plants from the garden as well as a number of other gardening and Jefferson-related items.  If you like gardening or farming, you should definitely check it out.

(Photo from www.marthastewart.com)