Title: The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello: Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Horticulture
Author: Peter J. Hatch
Strong points: Where to begin? This book is as informative and fascinating as it is beautiful!
It belongs in the library of every serious fruit gardener, no really every gardener! It also belongs on every gardener’s coffee table and in every historian’s collection.
Weaknesses: Only that the fruits shared in the book don’t very literally jump out of the book for us to eat!
Green thumbs rating:
I have treasured owning this book since it’s original publication and now, this week, I have had the privilege of attending a conference where the author, the venerable Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus, Monticello brought it even more to life. What a treat!
We are so fortunate that Thomas Jefferson was as dedicated a record keeper as he was a gardener and statesman. Equally, we are blessed that Peter Hatch is as dedicated a historian and horticulturist that he strove to recreate, first on the grounds of Monticello and now for us in this book, with such accuracy what Jefferson originally intended and created in his gardens. What a privilege that we are able to share the adventure, the trials, tribulations, and successes through all that Peter brings to us in this wonderful book. It is one to be savored like a great big juicy bite of an Esopus Spitzenburg — Jefferson’s favorite apple!
ISBN: 0–8139-1746–8 (hardcover), 978–0813926919 (paperback)
# of pages: 238
Photos: yes, many black & white; 49 color, many are reproductions of old botanical prints
Illustrations: yes, numerous reproductions of old black and white botanical prints
Appendix: yes, listing of the type and varieties of fruit Jefferson grew
Notes: chapter by chapter listing of many of the historic source documents sited
Publisher: University Press of Virginia
Publication Date: 1998 (HC), 2007 (PB)
Price: $39.95 (HC), $14.95 (PB)