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"Delicious Flowering Shrubs" and Cape Bulbs in the Monticello Greenhouse by Peggy Cornett Newcomb, (April 1997), E332.2 .A5 1997A

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Identifier: id3990

Scope and Contents

Jefferson’s interest in all things botanical meant that his garden and greenhouse contained a number of unusual plants that originated in other parts of the world. Many of the European elite maintained greenhouses (orangeries) from the 18th century onward, and Jefferson planned to establish a greenhouse at Monticello to permit him to grow more delicate plants, seeds, and bulbs throughout the year. Initially he planned to have a free-standing, two-story structure on Mulberry Row but ultimately he incorporated the greenhouse within Monticello (South Piazza). Jefferson’s association with Bernard McMahon (Philadelphia seedsman and writer) provided him with access to a variety of novel plants from abroad, which he continued to cultivate in the South Piazza.

Dates

  • E332.2 .A5 1997A

Extent

From the Collection: 74 Items