Thomas Jefferson

On a hot afternoon last summer at Monticello, Peter Hatch walked toward a redbrick colonial pavilion pierced with floor-to-ceiling arched windows, then past neat rows of young okra plants (Abelmoschus esculentus), then he stopped at an edging of tomato plants. Hatch, who spent the past 35 years restoring Thomas Jefferson’s legendary garden, was neither leading a group of visitors (nearly a half-million arrive yearly) through the 200-some varieties of plants, nor checking on the progress of the flowering caracalla bean or Texas bird pepper.

Thomas Jefferson's Eco-Monticello

March 12, 2009
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National interest in all things presidential is at an all-time high. Current books and videography have delved deep into the public and private lives of such heavy hitters as Lincoln, Adams, Jackson and Washington, balancing their mythical personas with their sometimes startlingly human traits.