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 […]

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 […]