Serving up Some Summer YUM

photos by Monticello Guide Holly Haliniewski Food and Beverage Manager David Givens is delighted to welcome guests back to Monticello’s Farm Table café. And to celebrate, he’s sharing a favorite summer recipe! Givens began designing farm-to-table recipes and menus almost a decade ago. A passionate mixologist and wine connoisseur with more than 25 years in the food […]

A Day in the Life at Monticello’s Tufton Farm

photos by Monticello Guide Holly Haliniewski It’s true – the last few months have presented challenges for everyone. But farms and gardens can’t wait for a re-opening. At Tufton and the Center for Historic Plants it’s full throttle every day to keep operations running smoothly and meet the increased customer requests for our heritage seeds […]

Compost Your Worries, Share Your Joys.

Posted by Jennifer Jewell, author of The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants Meet Jewell at Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival on October 3rd! I would never have wished tragedy to get people to garden more, or to value gardening as an activity of proactive sustainability. But wow.  The […]

Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side

Peggy Cornett loves wildflowers. Each April, for decades, she and other Monticello horticulturists have led kindred flower-loving spirits on a rigorous 5-mile walk to experience the abundant variety of ephemeral wildflowers in bloom throughout the Monticello woodlands. We know you can’t be with us this year, so Cornett created a virtual walk everyone can enjoy, no matter […]

Sea Kale and Prickly Spinach

Written by Joan Tupponce Photography by Jen Fariello As published in Virginia Living Magazine Monticello’s head vegetable gardener grows traditional plants in a modern garden. Most people would not accept a job offer based on sea kale, but that’s exactly what Pat Brodowski did when she became head gardener of the vegetable garden at Monticello […]

Food for Thought…and Belly!

posted by Monticello’s Debbie Donley and Jessica Bryars None of us anticipated the sudden need to stay close to home and ‘self-isolate’ to varying degrees. With little time to pre-plan, we find ourselves searching for ways to fill the many hours previously spent at work and in the company of others. Nature Journal: Food for […]