The Belles of the Day: Jefferson’s Monticello

The Belles of the Day

Jefferson’s legacy lives on in the very soil that nourishes each seedling, each shoot, each twirling tendril that composes the continuing cultivation of his beloved land—a fertile tract that once inspired him to ask this rhetorical question: “And our own dear Monticello, where has Nature spread so rich a mantle under the eye?”

Text Karen Callaway
Photography Marcy Black Simpson

To learn more about Monticello, nestled in Charlottesville, Virginia, visit Monticello.org and see “The Belles of the Day” in our Flowers & Gardens 2022 special Victoria Classics issue, available on newsstands and at victoriamag.com.



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