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    Monticello Seed Sampler Mix Up
    [caption id="attachment_5221" align="alignleft" width="300"] This little guy is coming in a weird angle.[/caption] During the Heritage Harvest Festival last year I purchased the Monticello Herb Sampler seed pack. This collection of ten herbs included oregano, lavender, basil, mint, dill, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. It wa […]
    Monticello Favorite: Butterfly Weed
    A Colorful & Lively Addition to a Summer Garden!   The Shop at Monticello's featured plant, Asclepias tuberosa, commonly known as Butterfly Weed, is currently in full bloom in the beautiful gardens at Monticello. Don’t let the name fool you! This plant’s vibrant orange and red coloring, as well its attraction to Monarch Butterflies and other pollina […]
    Jefferson's Wine Jelly Recipe
    "I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk, & restorative cordial."                       -Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, Aug. 17, 1811 We have reams of material on the food and cookery of Thomas Jefferson's day in Virginia--much of it recorded by Jefferson himself. In addition to all of […]
    Win Our Holiday Favorites
    The Shop at Monticello is offering a NEW holiday contest this year! Anyone can head on over to Pinterest and Pin to Win a Monticello Musical Snow Globe. Monticello is truly beautiful after a new snow. Our highly collectible snow globe is an accurate three dimensional view of the home of Thomas Jefferson. The semicircular globe sits on a faux wood resin base. […]
    Modern Uses for Monticello Classics
    The house was in an unfinished state, and when Mr. Seymour observed it, Mr. Jefferson replied—“And I hope it will remain so during my life, as architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favourite amusements.” –Thomas Jefferson (as told by Margaret Bayard Smith) Thomas Jefferson was constantly designing and reinventing furnishings […]
    In Bloom at Monticello: Scarlet Pentapetes
    If you have visited Monticello recently, you may have enjoyed the vibrant Scarlet Pentapetes that has been flowering near by the winding walk. Jefferson sowed seed of this tender annual along his flower border in 1811, calling it “Scarlet Mallow.”  He likely received seed from Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon, who noted the flower in his book, The Ame […]