Event — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Wine and Roses Open House, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

Where: Tufton Farm

1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

Details: Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and taste local wines in the garden. Have you ever wondered how to tell a Hybrid Tea from a Polyantha … and what exactly IS a Gallica? Learn the ABCs of Old Garden Roses … Alba, Bourbon, China, Damask, etc. in “All About Old Garden Roses,” with Connie Hilker of Hartwood Roses. Connie will introduce you to the various classes of roses, with descriptions and examples, in approximately the order in which they appeared in history.

In addition, Monticello’s Beekeeper Paul Legrand will present “The Beekeepers Garden,” which will provide an overview of the art of beekeeping as well as ideas for plantings that support honeybees and other pollinators for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike.

From 12-2, don’t miss the “Father of Virginia Wine,” Gabriele Rausse, as he hosts a tasting of his esteemed local wines. A wide selection of historic plants, including antique roses, will be for sale.

Connie Hilker is an expert on historic roses, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation, and Old Garden Rose Chair of the American Rose Society’s Colonial District.  She currently manages the preservation and restoration of the rose collection at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.  A lifelong gardener with more than 600 varieties of roses in her personal collection, Connie is well known as the owner of Hartwood Roses.  Formerly a rose nursery, Hartwood Roses is now an educational display and preservation garden at her home in Hartwood, Virginia.  Her overall message is that ‘roses are not rocket science’ and she strives to show that anyone with a basic knowledge of gardening can choose appropriate roses and grow them well.

Gabriele Rausse, Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds, first grafted Jefferson’s 1807 wine varietals for Monticello in 1984. Eleven years later he joined the staff as Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds. Gabriele, a native of Vicenza, Italy, graduated in Agricultural Science from Milan University. He first worked for the Tenuta Santa Margherita winery outside Venice and later was invited to Virginia to begin what is now Barboursville Vineyards in 1976. Gabriele, “the father of Virginia wine,” has helped to start over 40 vineyards and ten Virginia wineries, and was nominated the Virginia wine industry’s Man of the Year in 1996. At a recent talk by noted wine critic and author, John Hailman, Gabriele was called “the nicest guy in the Virginia wine industry.”  Add to that, “the most knowledgeable.”

Paul Legrand is the beekeeper at Monticello. The Monticello bee project started 7 1/2 years ago when he offered to start, maintain, and fund an apiary here. The first apiary is 900 feet down the hill from the main house at Monticello. Two years later Paul added a second apiary at Tufton Farm, 1 1/4 miles from the first apiary, to help benefit the gardens and nursery at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Prior to these projects, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a beekeeper in a northern suburb of New York City.

Cost: Free

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