April 13th marks 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.
Many of his planting decisions were driven by his appetite. He liked beer and hired Joseph Miller, a brewer originally from Great Britain, to make an ale specifically for Monticello. At first, Jefferson bought hops and malt, the main ingredients of the beer, from neighbors. Eventually, he grew hops himself and made the malt from Indian corn cultivated in the Monticello garden.
Humulus Lupulus, an ingredient in many beers, is pictured here.