May 2, 2006 Thomas Jefferson's Gardening to Be Subject of Lecture May 16

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Alison Kelly (202) 707-0911

Peter Hatch, director of gardens and grounds at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Va., will talk about the third president’s gardening at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Library of Congress in Dining Room A of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

According to Hatch, Jefferson’s interest in gardening “really rose from this truly wide-eyed curiosity about the natural world.” Hatch said, “Jefferson himself was very much the scientist as he observed and defined seemingly all the natural phenomena that was taking place around him, the wind direction or the blooming dates of wildflowers or whatever. And it was through the gardening process that he was really able to participate in the emotions of this physical world, whether grafting peach wood or sowing cabbage seeds with his daughters and granddaughters.”

Hatch has written or contributed to several books on Jefferson and Monticello, including “The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello” (University Press of Virginia, 1998). He is currently working on a book about kitchen gardens at Monticello.


PR 06-105
ISSN 0731-3527