Magic Melon Grown by Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Wendy Kiang-Spray

Bitter melon, or as Thomas Jefferson would have called it – balsam pear – is among one of the most unusual Asian vegetables to grow and taste.  The 8-10 inch, light green, oblong fruit is recognizable by its bumpy appearance.  It also has a distinctly bitter taste. Recently, bitter melon has received a lot of […]

Okra and Edible Oils at Monticello

Posted by Chris Smith

When people struggle with their gardens, I always tell them not to worry. The great thing about gardening is that there is always next year! Keep good notes, learn from your mistakes, and every year you’ll develop as a gardener. What I have come to realize more recently, is that there is a wealth of […]

The Foodscape Revolution

“Garden to Table” is the best way to describe my passion for adding purpose to landscapes in suburban neighborhoods, office parks, school campuses and retirement communities. With an education in design, an enthusiasm for ornamental horticulture, and a hunger for local, organically raised produce I see potential to grow food in every cultivated space. From […]

Forest Bathe in Your Own Forest Garden

Posted by Jeanine Davis

You have probably read or heard about the benefits of “forest bathing”. It is a Japanese healing practice called Shinrin-yoku which roughly translates into English as “forest bathing”.  The practice involves spending quiet time in the forest, taking leisurely strolls, sitting in the dabbled light coming through the tree canopy, and breathing in the fresh […]

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne at Monticello

Jeremiah Langhorne, chef and partner at The Dabney in Washington, D.C., was the guest chef at the annual dinner honoring the recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership and Global Innovation at Monticello. Chef Langhorne worked with a local company, Sandy Motley Catering, to execute the dinner. Chef Lanhorne focuses […]

6 more weeks of winter? – Leek & Potato Soup

Puxatawney Phil may have said that there are 6 more weeks of winter, but where has winter even been? Monticello has been basking in the sun all of February as the West Lawn glimmers from the light in the seventy degree weather. Even though we may not be experiencing a true winter here in Charlottesville, you […]