Tag Archives: Monticello

Mount Vernon vs. Monticello

BACK-TO-BACK VISITS last month to Mount Vernon and Monticello upended my preconceived notions. Based on what I’d heard from friends before the trip — “Mount Vernon? Yeah, sure. But I loooovved Monticello!” — I expected the highlight to be Jefferson’s … Continue reading

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Glimpse of Alexandria

I’VE JUST RETURNED from a four-day vacation in Virginia, taken with my wasband to commemorate our 40th unniversary and shared interest in American history, old houses, gardens, and many other things. We both recently read Founding Gardeners, Andrea Wulf’s story … Continue reading

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Monticello Yellow + Orange Options

I’VE NEVER BEEN TO MONTICELLO (note to self: go), but I knew Thomas Jefferson’s dining room was famously aqua (a color, in Colonial times, said to aid digestion). Recent research showed that the iconic blue dining room was later whitewashed … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Great Gardens of America

A NEW BRITISH VIEW OF AMERICAN GARDENS, Great Gardens of America (Frances Lincoln, $50), takes off from the intriguing notion that there is such a thing as a uniquely American garden style. The American garden “celebrates the natural landscape by … Continue reading

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