My daughter and I visited a place I have always wanted to see in June and that was…..
Located on a hilltop near Charlottesville, Virginia it was once a working 5,000 acre Mansion and farm. Thomas Jefferson's gardens were once a botanical showpiece, a source for food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.
My imagination is sometimes a lot bigger than the facts when it comes to gardens sometimes. What I expect and what I get are sometimes two different things. Although the gardens were not as grandiose as I imagined and in fact were just a glimmer of what they must have once been in Jefferson’s day, it was a beautiful place to visit.
A gravel path encircled the perimeter of the front lawn of Monticello. Along this gravel path is where the flowers were planted. The peonies were long gone with our early spring heat but some of the flowers that were blooming along the pathway were a mixture of perennials an annuals.
Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.
It was an amazing place to visit and it felt surreal to walk where one of our Founding Fathers who was the author of the Declaration of Independence and where our third President once lived and gardened.