Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Thomas Jefferson & his passion for gardening


For non-American readers, Thomas Jefferson was not only a Founding Father and the 3rd President of the United States, but also a keen gardener.  His garden at his home of Monticello (he himself designed the house and the property is a UNESCO World Heritage site) just outside Charlottesville in Virginia has been restored and is open to the public. 

Cover of Jefferson's Gardening Book (© Massachusetts Historical Society)
And this interesting article in The Daily Progress explores his leather-bound gardening book, which is in the possession of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  In addition, you can also browse the electronic version of the book which has been prepared and is made available by the MHS.

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