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Date: Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 10:00 am
Duration: 2 Hours
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"Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden"

Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, President of the United States, Philosopher, and Scientist, wrote that “the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is honored to present Peter Hatch, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, to speak on Jefferson’s revolutionary garden on Saturday, April 5th at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Hatch’s recently published A Rich Spot of Earth, the most thorough book ever written on Jefferson’s vegetable garden, explores Jefferson’s horticultural experiments and his lasting legacy on American culinary traditions.

Hatch describes Jefferson as a “seed-y missionary” who collected seeds and cuttings from around the world and distributed them amongst his gardening friends. Hatch personally oversaw the restoration of the Monticello grounds, including the 1,000-foot vegetable garden that was, in Hatch’s words, an Ellis Island on new and unusual vegetables from around the world. Hatch’s presentation will explore how and why Jefferson grew over 330 vegetable and 170 fruit varieties at Monticello.

Tickets to this fascinating lecture are $25 for members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students with a college ID.
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