Garden Club of Virginia

From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia

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The Garden Club of Virginia is responsible for much of the garden restoration that has been undertaken at Monticello. Their first restoration projects began in 1927, when the president of The Garden Club of Virginia became aware of the deterioration of trees at Monticello, some of which had been planted by Thomas Jefferson. Shortly thereafter, the Club organized a three-day garden fair as a fundraiser and preserved the trees on the lawn. In May of 1938, a request was made to the Garden Club by Stuart Gibboney to restore the gardens at Monticello according to Jefferson's original designs and plant lists. In 1939, additional fundaraising money was used for this purpose. These early restoration efforts includied the roundabout walk on the West Lawn, the fish pond, the flower beds at the corners of the house, the gravel walk on the East Front, and the Ellipse.[1] In 1991, The Garden Club of Virginia also provided funding for the analysis of archival photographs of trees within the first roundabout at Monticello.[2]


  1. Dorothy Hunt Williams, Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservations by The Garden Club of Virginia, (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975), 77-79.
  2. The Garden Club of Virginia website,