April 13th marked the 271st birthday of the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello in Charlottsville, Virginia—Jefferson’s bountiful gardens, which he tended with famous enthusiasm—is still shared with the public today. On Monday, April 28th, Monticello will be hosting a garden party with celebrated landscape architect and author Thomas Woltz. Drawing on his work at Monticello, Woltz will speak about how modern design methods can improve ecology and reveal cultural and historic landscapes.
Jefferson was fond of sesame, which is shown growing here (on the left). He also grew ‘Red Calico’ lima beans (on the right). After sampling sesame oil, he wrote, “This is among the most valuable acquisitions our country has ever made.” He grew it for decades, but it is not commonly farmed here today.