Fernwood announces a tasteful line-up for a delicious symposium day including Peter Hatch, Ellen Ecker Ogden, Bill Shores and Crista Bailey and lunch prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan.
Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden: Peter Hatch
The first featured speaker at the Annual Spring Garden Symposium March 23rd is the well-known Peter Hatch. Hatch is the recently retired Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Peter was responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of the 2,400-acre landscape at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, from 1977 to 2012. Monticello became a garden laboratory to experiment with over 350 varieties of vegetables and 170varieties of fruit. This pioneering garden inspired a revolutionary vegetable cuisine in the kitchen at Monticello. Peter will discuss Jefferson's 1,000-foot-long, terraced vegetable garden at Monticello, an experimental laboratory Hatch refers to as an Ellis Island of 330 varieties of vegetables. He also will review the enduring impact this garden has today, as well as the process by which it was restored in the early 1980s.