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Thomas Jefferson on NPR

No, this post isn’t Jefferson writing about National Public Radio.
It is an NPR story on Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello. “All Things Considered” aired the account on May 10, 2012. It is an excellent overview!

NPR interviewed Peter Hatch, a Monticello employee for 35 years and director of Monticello’s gardens and grounds. Hatch is the man primarily responsible for re-creating Jefferson’s monumental garden. He has authored a new book, “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello
– Here’s the audio story:  It’s 8 ½ minutes long.
– If you prefer to read it, here’s the text of that story:
– Here’s a companion piece on NPR’s food blog, “The Salt”:  At the top are 11 photos to scroll through.
– Near the bottom of “The Salt” article, is this link, , to some Jefferson-era recipes. (If you back up one page, you’ll find a long but delightful paragraph on the disciplines of running a household. It is attributed to “M. Randolph, Washington, January, 1824.” This is either Jefferson’s daughter Martha Randolph or Martha’s sister-in-law. It is excellent advice yet today.
Jefferson loved gardening! In 1811, at age 68, he wrote to C. W. Peale, “But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” (3803)

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One Response to Thomas Jefferson on NPR

  1. Thomas Jefferson Leadership says:

    Today, five years after this post, I received an email from Winston Gray, who read it just recently. Mr Gray appears to be a gardener of serious dimension. He and Mr. Jefferson could talk gardening for a l-o-n-g while!
    Gray offered a link to his site, which I’m happy to provide!

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