During the summer when I was working on my Masters degree in Public Horticulture, I stayed at the University of Virginia, in housing that Thomas Jefferson had originally conceived for students in 1817. The campus is part and parcel of Jefferson’s historic Monticello estate, and the chance to live in such an iconic setting was awe-inspiring for me. Just outside my door was the serpentine wall that divided Jefferson’s many flower gardens, vegetable plots, and orchards. It was an honor to spend several months studying these plantings, as well as the nearby ruins of the Jefferson-designed Barboursville Mansion, and the landscape archaeology of Poplar Forest, Jefferson’s smaller plantation-house retreat.
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