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Saturdays in the Garden at Monticello will keep visitors active in February 2014

This February 2014, Monticello’s Saturdays in the Garden event series will be highlighting forest walks, birding and spring vegetable garden planning. Visitors to Monticello this month can also walk the grounds and tour the home. A general admission ticket, reduced from $25 to $18 in winter months, can be purchased online in advance or at the gate on the day of your visit. (Looking for the regular tours and then some? Use Annual Events at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to help make your future touring plans.)

Even in icy grips of winter, the Thomas Jefferson LEED-certified Visitor Center displays exquisite beauty and craftsmanship.
Even in icy grips of winter, the Thomas Jefferson LEED-certified Visitor Center displays exquisite beauty and craftsmanship.Pamela Perkins Donnelly
Monticello's Owl Prowl invites the public to listen for hoots in February 2014
Monticello's Owl Prowl invites the public to listen for hoots in February 2014Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

February 2014 Events at Monticello

  • Feb. 1, 6, 7 Owl Prowl
  • Feb. 8 Sequential Vegetable Planting Part 1
  • Feb. 13, 15 Winter Woodlands
  • Feb. 20, 22 Winter Bird Walk

Three times in February, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the general public can join local birder Jerry Therrien for a dusk-time walk at Monticello-Saunders Trail. According to the Monticello website, the Owl Prowl offers “an evening of listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls” while also learning about the owl’s natural habitat. This outdoor walk meets at 5:00 p.m. at the Monticello-Saunders Trail on Saturday, Feb. 1; Thursday Feb. 6; and Friday Feb. 7. Hiking boots, water, flashlights and binoculars are recommended. (Reservations and an $18 ticket are required to attend this event; call 434.984.9800 for more information.)

The Sequential Vegetable Planning Part 1 course is one of a three-part series taught by Amy Jeffries. The course is two hours and hands on, focusing on spring gardening tips. Seeds from Monticello gardens will be used. Part 1 of the course meets at Jefferson’s Tufton Farm on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. (Reservations and a $28 ticket are required to attend this event; call 434.984.9800 for more information.)

From 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on both Thursday Feb. 13th, and Saturday Feb. 15th, Monticello’s Winter Woodlands takes a two-hour walk through the beautiful forest landscapes of Thomas Jefferson’s home. (Read a review and see pictures from a past walk.) Trees, shrubs, plants and weeds will be identified by their habitat, form, texture and buds. Horticulturalist Jerry Therrien and Monticello staffer Peggy Cornett will lead the walk. Meet at the Museum Shop Garden Center at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center; sturdy shoes are recommended. (Reservations and an $18 ticket are required to attend this event.)

The Winter Birdwalk at Monticello will be offered both Thursday, Feb. 20th, and Saturday, Feb. 22nd, from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m; the group will meet at Tufton Farm. Jerry Therrien and Peggy Cornett lead the walk, instructing on the basics of bird identification. Warm clothing and binoculars are suggested. (Reservations and a $28 ticket are required to attend this event; call 434.984.9800 for more information.)

Visit Monticello at 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, VA 22902 or phone 434.984.9880 for more information. To plan the timing of your next visit, check out Annual Events at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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