May Open House and Plant Sale at CHP

Saturday, May 27 - 9:00 AM

Visit Monticello’s plant nursery, the Center for Historic Plants, set within our inspiring display gardens in their full spring glory. Shop for plants, enjoy guided garden tours, hear scheduled talks from plant experts, and ask our knowledgeable staff your gardening questions.

What's Included

Small-Space Gardening with Ashlie Thomas
Talk at 10:00 am with book signing to follow

Do you need acres of growing space to achieve a lush garden? Absolutely not! In this interactive session, you can expect to learn how to cultivate a delicious and productive edible garden in small spaces. Topics covered will include:

? Maximize size-limited spaces (methods and materials)

? Best practices for maintaining your garden

? Top 5 best plants to grow

? Overcoming the challenges

Ashlie Thomas is an author, food security and home gardening advocate, and entrepreneur known on social media as The Mocha Gardener. Her blog has been featured on popular sites and magazines such as NBC, Taste of Home, Epicurious, MindBodyGreen, Country Living, Country Woman, Apartment Therapy, and House and Home.

Several years ago, Ashlie began her gardening journey with her husband on their one-acre North Carolina homestead, and through this, she became more conscientious of local food systems and its implication on human health.

With a background in biological sciences and research management, Ashlie is currently pursuing her graduate studies in food and nutritional science, and practices as a health and wellness coach. Outside of her work and academic training, you will also find Ashlie working with local nutrition and community health-based initiatives to help bridge the gap between food security and chronic diseases in rural and underrepresented communities.


Enjoy a tour of our display garden with Monticello's Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett at 11:30 am.

Take a stroll through our flourishing spring gardens and hear Peggy Cornett share historical and fascinating facts about many plants along your path. Be inspired by the design and natural beauty these perennials hold and create your own dazzling displays at home. Many species you will learn about during the tour will be available for purchase in our nursery by either seed or potted plant!


Tour Tufton's Vegetable Garden with Anna Lobianco-Sims


Come explore our vegetable farm located within the pastoral acres at Tufton. Our Senior Farm Associate, Anna Lobianco-Sims, will share with you how we support our Farm Table restaurant at Monticello, supply produce for exciting products, and donate to our local communities. From tomatoes and peppers to strawberries and blueberries, discover our strategies for growing delicious produce.


We are excited to announce We Grow Shop, a Scottsville based plant shop, will be selling tropical and indoor plants in gorgeous ceramic planters, as well as other garden goods at our Open House events in 2023. Be sure to stop by Daisa's table and bring home the perfect house or office-mate!

Learn more about We Grow Shop VA at


Join our recycling initiative: Bring your old newspapers and empty nursery pots to be reused or recycled and receive a discount on your purchase.

Participate in our garden-related book swap: simple rules apply- leave a book; take a book.


Sales are credit card only.


1293 Tufton Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Event Type


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Date / Time

Saturday, May 27, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Jessica Armstrong
(434) 984-9800
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