The restoration of the flower gardens at Monticello in 1941,
sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, was the result of Edwin
Betts's scholarly research and Hazlehurst Perkins's practical
gardening skills. Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello
presents the evolution of Jefferson's ornamental gardening efforts
with an analysis of the flower gardens as they were planned,
planted, and ultimately restored.
No early American gardens were as well-documented as those at
Monticello, which became an experimental station, a botanic garden
of new and unusual plants from around the world. Betts and Perkins
communicate here the nature and sources of Jefferson's intelligent
venture into ornamental gardening.
The third edition includes a revised plant list, annotation of
the more than 100 species cultivated in the flower garden, and new
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