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Garden Lecture: Peggy Cornett

August 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the second lecture in our brand new Garden Lecture Series!

Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Wednesday, August 16
5:30 pm, doors open at 5 pm

Peggy Cornett has worked at Monticello for over thirty years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Botany, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. She began in 1983 as associate director of gardens and grounds, then director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and currently as Monticello’s Curator of Plants.

Peggy lectures on a variety of garden history topics, writes articles for gardening magazines and professional journals, and edits Magnolia, the quarterly publication of the Southern Garden History Society. She appears regularly on PBS programs, including “Virginia Home Grown” and “P. Allen Smith Garden Home,” and has given radio interviews on stations from Portland to Boston. In 2008 Peggy received the “Flora Ann Bynum Medal” for exemplary service in the field of garden history from the Southern Garden History Society and, in 2016 the Garden Club of American awarded Peggy the Zone VII Horticultural Commendation for her horticultural expertise, generosity in sharing her knowledge, and dedication to the preservation of Thomas Jefferson’s botanical legacy.

Nature’s Rich Mantle: Thomas Jefferson’s Observations on Natural History
Thomas Jefferson’s life-long love of the natural world was evident from his childhood when he roamed the woodlands of his Piedmont Virginia home, recording the blooming of wildflowers in his garden diary. Jefferson’s only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), considered a literary and intellectual landmark, was the first comprehensive treatise on the topography, botanical diversity, and natural resources of the United States. In this PowerPoint presentation Peggy Cornett will reveal many aspects of the man who once acknowledged: “nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight.”

Join us for a complimentary glass of beer or wine while enjoying the lecture.

Limited Seating – Reserve your spot soon!
Members: $6 | Non-Members: $8
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August 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hermitage Museum & Gardens
7637 North Shore Rd
Norfolk, VA 23505 United States
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