Monticello: Gardens--page 5 of 5 pages

Thomas Jefferson
1769-1809




Left: View from Mulberry Row; center: view toward Montalto

 

The vegetable garden with view toward Montalto

Although Jefferson designed several observation towers, this one is not original. Although these gardens are reconstructed, the first vegetable garden in 1774 on the south terraces just above the orchard was 668 by 80 feet, indicating how much food was needed for a staff which included at one point eighty-six slaves (Adams 154).
 
Located below the vegetable gardens were orchards and vineyards. The orchards had peaches, pears, pomegranates, apples, nectarines, apricots and figs and the vineyards grew both wine and table grapes.




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Work Cited and Extensively Consulted:
William Howard Adams. Jefferson's Monticello. New York: Abbeville Press, 1983.

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