Happy 200th, USBG!

Established by the United States Congress in 1820 and open continuously to the public since 1850, the United States Botanic Garden tells us that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison “wished for the new capital city to have a botanic garden to demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation.” The […]

Cooking From the Garden with Kevin West

Meet Kevin West. From cookbook author to food consultant, travel writer to avid grower and gardener, West has recently turned his attention to a new writing project scheduled for release next year. Cooking From the Garden will be a practical guide to growing what you eat. At a time when Americans are reconnecting to home on so many levels, […]

ChefChat Episode 1: Jonathan Till – Evening Star Café

Welcome to ChefChat! In this new series, we’re delighted to re-introduce you to some of the culinary professionals who have cooked and conversed with Monticello over the years. From time to time, you’ll hear from restaurateurs, cookbook authors and executive chefs from across the country about their passions, new projects and secret tricks of the […]

Monticello’s Vegetable Gardens: A Feast for the Eyes

In 1787, Jefferson wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette: “I am never satiated with rambling through the fields and farms, examining the culture and cultivators…” In that spirit, we invite you on a virtual ramble through our stunning summer gardens, now at peak bloom. And we hope to welcome you back to the mountaintop to […]

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 […]