Events

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11 am - 12 pmFriday

Ferment the Garden Harvest

Dawn Story

Learn how easy it is to transform the garden harvest into nutritious and delicious fermented foods using the ancient...

Classroom 5
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Jefferson & Natural History Walk

Peggy Cornett

Thomas Jefferson’s passion for gardening arose from his truly wide-eyed curiosity about natural history and the “tranquil pursuits” of...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout)
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Home-based Edible Oil Processing

Chris Smith

Chris Smith will teach you to press your own oil with leftover seeds and gathered nuts or grow specific...

Classroom 6
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Smartphone Photography

Eleanor Gould

Explore Monticello’s landscape with Eleanor Gould, Curator of Gardens, and learn about exposure, composition, creative apps, and storytelling. This...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout)
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Tour and Seed Saving in the Monticello Flower Garden

Debbie Donley

Join Debbie Donley, Monticello’s flower gardener, for a hands-on seed-saving workshop in Thomas Jefferson’s flower garden.  Learn to identify...

Fish Pond (Walkabout)
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Grow Your Own Ginseng and Goldenseal

Jeanine Davis

Join Jeanine Davis to learn how to grow ginseng and goldenseal in your own woods or shade garden. This...

Woodland Pavilion
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Join Peter Hatch on a walking tour of the Monticello vegetable garden. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout tour)
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Vinegar Making Basics

Gabriele Rausse

Vinegar was an integral ingredient in various Jefferson-family recipes. Join Gabriele Rausse, “the father of Virginia wine,” in learning...

Classroom 5
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Tough Plants for Southern Gardens

Jason Powell

From Antique roses to heirloom shrubs, to cottage perennials and classical varieties of Fruit Plants; join Jason Powell in...

Classroom 6
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

From Seed to Garment: Cotton and Flax/Linen in Your Garden

Cindy Conner

Imagine growing your own clothes! Cindy Conner will lead you through what it would take to grow cotton and...

Classroom 7
2 - 3 pmFriday

Tour and Seed Saving in the Monticello Vegetable Garden

Pat Brodowski

Pat Brodowski, gardener at Monticello, reviews specific methods for saving seeds of all vegetable crops. Guests will learn how...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout)
2 - 3 pmFriday

The Foodscape Revolution

Brie Arthur

Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie Arthur is the changing the way green spaces are designed...

Classroom 5
2 - 3 pmFriday

Fall and Winter Veggies

Ken Bezilla

Gardens don’t have to end when frosts come in October. Expand your garden’s production, and feel happier about your...

Classroom 6
2 - 3 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit Garden

Jessica Bryars

Enjoy an in-depth tour of Monticello’s South Orchard and Vineyards with Jessica Bryars, Monticello’s fruit gardener. Explore more than...

Fish Pond (Walkabout Tour)
2 - 3 pmFriday

Eggs-trodinary Eggs: The Tricks, Science, Secrets and Politics of Eggs

Pat Foreman

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Increasingly folks are keeping family flocks to have...

Woodland Pavilion
2 - 3 pmFriday

Putting By – Boiling Water Bath Canning

Dr. Leni Sorensen

For cooks and gardeners who want to put up the bounty of summer’s harvest this workshop will talk you...

Classroom 7
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Cyder: Monticello’s Table Drink

Charlotte Shelton

Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of craft cider making using heirloom apples that Ursula Granger, supervisor of cider-making at Monticello,...

Woodland Pavilion
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms

Mark Jones

Learn how to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Discussions...

Classroom 6
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Join Peter Hatch on a walking tour of the Monticello vegetable garden. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service which...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout Tour)
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Truffle Workshop: Chocolates Inspired by Monticello

Tim Gearhart

Tim Gearhart of Gearharts Fine Chocolates will lead a Chocolate Truffle demo inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Utilizing nuts...

Classroom 5
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish

Pam Dawling

Pam Dawling of Homeplace Earth demonstrates how to grow and plant your own sweet potato slips; grow healthy crops...

Classroom 7
9 am - 4 pmSaturday

11th Annual Old Timey Seed Swap

Rodger Winn, Pat Brodowski, Ira Wallace

Meet legendary and everyday seed savers at our annual Old Timey Seed Swap. Come share your seeds, your knowledge...

Seed Swap Tent
FREE
10 am - 4 pmSaturday

Tasting Tent: Tomato, Pepper & Melon Tasting

Ira Wallace

Nothing says summer in the garden like a luscious, vine-ripened heirloom tomato. Stop by to taste dozens of varieties...

Tasting Tent
FREE
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

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Main Tent
FREE
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

The Chinese Kitchen Garden

Wendy Kiang-Spray

Asian vegetables sure look fun to grow or interesting enough to purchase from international markets. But what do you...

Heirloom Tent
FREE
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Appalachia Perceived Through the Lens of Foodways

Ronni Lundy

Ronni Lundy’s extensive research for her latest book, Victuals, yields a surprising picture of Appalachia, both past and present....

Heritage Tent
FREE
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

A Rich Spot of Earth

Peter J. Hatch

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Harvest Tent
FREE
12 - 1 pmSaturday

The Four Season Garden

Ira Wallace

Ira Wallace, co founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will take you on...

Main Tent
FREE
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Plant to Preserve

Barbara Pleasant

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking...

Heirloom Tent
FREE
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Kevin West

Kevin West

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Chef Demo Tent
FREE
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Dutch Farmhouse Cooking

William Woys Weaver

The foods and foodways of the Middle Atlantic States are now blossoming into one of the leading culinary trends...

Main Tent
FREE
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Importance of Seed Saving

Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, will discuss how backyard gardeners can protect the genetic diversity...

Heirloom Tent
FREE
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Reviving Our Southern Family Heritage

Matthew Raiford

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford is going to give the stories behind his journey to revive his Southern legacy of farming....

Heritage Tent
FREE