Come join the Department and Plant Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UW in welcoming Peter Hatch, former Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, in discussing his experiences and the history of the United States most famous gardens.
"Thomas Jefferson wrote that "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and Monticello's 1,000-foot-long, terraced vegetable garden became an experimental laboratory, an Ellis Island of new and unusual vegetable novelties from the around the globe. While growing over 330 vegetable and 170 fruit varieties. Jefferson was also a pioneer in supporting farmer's markets and promoting vegetable cookery. This revolutionary garden resulted in a revolutionary cuisine in the kitchen at Monticello. Restored in 1984, the garden and the Jefferson legacy continue to inspire the farm to table movement today."