Peggy Cornett, curator of plants, has worked at Monticello for over 37 years. She double majored in English and Botany at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Cornett uses her knowledge of garden and landscape history and historic plants to write and edit articles for gardening magazines and professional journals, blogs, and web posts for garden interpreters and the public. She coordinates Monticello’s public garden education programs including the annual “Historic Landscape Institute” in conjunction with the University of Virginia, and she serves on the planning and programming committee for Monticello’s major annual event, the Heritage Harvest Festival. Cornett often lectures on garden history and participates in webinars and online lectures through professional organizations, botanic gardens and historic sites across the country. Cornett received the Southern Garden History Society’s “Flora Ann Bynum Medal” for exemplary service in the garden history field and was awarded 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.