We used to garden, but now we just do maybe some tomato plants. Still, this time of year brings out the itch to get out in the yard. A few years ago we made our first trip to Washington DC and then down to Virginia. The trip was an experience in American history and one of my favorite stops was at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I wasn’t aware of the extent of his interest in horticulture until that trip.
His gardens boast upwards of 250 vegetables and 170 different fruits. It’s said he wasn’t afraid of failure and experimented with different plants and seeds. He believed that ‘the failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another’.
I read an article about the new seedless varieties we have today and that if we didn’t experiment that instead of going to the market and selecting Golden Delicious, or Fuji or Granny Smith, we would have one selection called ‘apples’.
Thomas Jefferson was a man that thought outside the box. His gardens and home are a testament to that. The New York Times published an excellent article on Thomas Jefferson’s garden in June 2010.
Wishing you a happy spring and if you’re so inclined happy gardening.