Join Monticello’s Debbie Donley and Peggy Cornett for an enjoyable and enlightening stroll through the winding flower borders. Learn about the history of Monticello’s flower gardens and seed-saving while taking part in a hands-on, seed-saving workshop. Participants will take home a selection of the seeds they have harvested from the gardens.
Tour takes place rain or shine. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Suncreen and a hat recommended.
Curator of Plants at Monticello
Peggy Cornett, curator of plants, has worked at Monticello for over 30 years. She earned degrees in English and botany from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Cornett lectures on garden history, writes for gardening magazines and professional journals, edits Magnolia for the Southern Garden History Society, and appears on PBS’s “Virginia Home Grown” and “P. Allen Smith Garden Home.” Cornett received the SGHS Flora Ann Bynum Medal for exemplary service in the garden history field and the Garden Club of America’s Zone VII Horticultural Commendation for horticultural expertise, generosity in sharing knowledge and dedication to preserving Jefferson’s botanical legacy.
Debbie Donley joined Monticello in 2004 as a flower gardener. She has led numerous workshops as part of the Saturdays in the Garden program with topics including “Seed Saving” and “Watercolor Painting in the Garden”. Also a professional artist, she has been selling her Children’s NAME Pictures at the Charlottesville City Market since 1991.