Garden Journal: June 14, 2012

Hello everyone!

My name is Kari Ann Roynesdal, and I am a rising second year in the School of Architecture.  I am one of the new summer interns and I will be sharing all of my experiences at our Jefferson-focused teaching garden.

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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

This Thursday was an exciting day for everyone at the garden!  Lily and I had the pleasure of giving a tour to a group from The Historic Landscape Institute.  For two weeks in the summer, The Historic Landscape Institute offers students instruction in the fields of landscape history and garden restoration.  The gardens at Monticello and at the University of Virginia, including our very own Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden, serve as case studies for their knowledge of historical landscapes and garden designs.

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Lily introducing the Historic Landscape Institute to the garden!

Lily started out the tour by explaining the garden’s mission and purpose, and how its creation is closely aligned with Jefferson’s intentions to build an educational botanical garden on the edge of the Academical Village.  The Institute was thrilled to hear this, as they had already toured and studied Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello.

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Lily explaining the uses of the Beargrass plant (Yucca filamentosa) as a source of fiber and a way to make soap.


Our Hops vines are growing nicely up the twine! Soon they will be growing up and over the greenhouse to form a nice, shady passageway.

Many of the women had several questions, and everyone was very enthusiastic about the garden.  They were fascinated with our hops plants, which have many medicinal and edible uses, along with our cotton plants, whose natural fibers have a unique tan color.  Some women even took some cotton seeds back to plant in their own gardens!

Lily showing the group our sunflowers – they have been growing so fast and will get even taller!

Overall it was a successful day in the garden.  Stay tuned for more summer updates or news about any other groups coming to visit!

~ Kari

The Historic Landscape Institute

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