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Exploring Monticello by Lucia Stanton Goodwin, (April 1981), E332.2 .A5 1981A

Identifier: id3547

Scope and Contents

Although Jefferson only dabbled in botany and never thoroughly explored the wild plants of Monticello, Thomas Mann Randolph as well as Francis Walker Gilmer, Dr. Benjamin Smith Barton, and the Abbé Correa were all skilled in the science and frequented Monticello. John Bradbury, a British botanist working for the Liverpool Botanic Garden, came to Monticello in 1809 to study American plants and found new and unusual species. He identified Cypripedia (Lady’s Slippers), orchidea ("Heleborine"), Cacalia, Coreopsis, and Talinum, all of which he thought were new to science, but of the plants remaining at Monticello in 1980 none were a new species in 1809 and some were not found at all. Following Jefferson’s advice, Bradbury later traveled up the Mississippi, but his name remained obscure and his discoveries there were claimed by others in the field.


  • E332.2 .A5 1981A


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From the Collection: English

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