"a Rich Spot Of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden At Monticello by Peter J. Hatch"a Rich Spot Of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden At Monticello by Peter J. Hatch

"a Rich Spot Of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden At Monticello

byPeter J. HatchForeword byAlice Waters

Paperback | September 30, 2014

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A gorgeous volume showcasing Thomas Jefferson’s amazing vegetable garden, its uniquely American characteristics, and its legacy


Were Thomas Jefferson to walk the grounds of Monticello today, he would no doubt feel fully at home in the 1,000-foot terraced vegetable garden where the very vegetables and herbs he favored are thriving. Extensively and painstakingly restored under Peter J. Hatch's brilliant direction, Jefferson's unique vegetable garden now boasts the same medley of plants he enthusiastically cultivated in the early nineteenth century. The garden is a living expression of Jefferson's genius and his distinctly American attitudes. Its impact on the culinary, garden, and landscape history of the United States continues to the present day.

Graced with more than 200 full-color illustrations, "A Rich Spot of Earth" is the first book devoted to all aspects of the Monticello vegetable garden. Hatch guides us from the asparagus and artichokes first planted in 1770 through the horticultural experiments of Jefferson's retirement years (1809–1826). The author explores topics ranging from labor in the garden, garden pests of the time, and seed saving practices to contemporary African American gardens. He also discusses Jefferson's favorite vegetables and the hundreds of varieties he grew, the half-Virginian half-French cuisine he developed, and the gardening traditions he adapted from many other countries.

About The Author

As Director Emeritus of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, Peter J. Hatch was responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of its 2,400-acre landscape from 1977 until 2012. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

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Title:"a Rich Spot Of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden At MonticelloFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 10.25 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300208626

ISBN - 13:9780300208627

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"'A Rich Spot of Earth': Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello presents a rarely seen side of the man. Here is Jefferson with mud-splattered boots laying out garden beds and carefully setting seeds with dirty hands: a Founding Father not on a lofty pedestal, but joyfully competing with neighbors in an annual contest to see who could bring the first spring peas to table."—David Maurer, Richmond Times-Dispatch