TJ’s Garden: Native Columbine

June 28, 2010

Mr. Jefferson’s observant son-in-law spotted this plant at Monticello in 1791.

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Virginia’s 71st Governor Sworn In

January 18, 2010
Bob McDonald, Virginia's 71st Governor

Bob McDonell, Virginia's 71st Governor

Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on Saturday.

A former Attorney General and Lieutenent Colonel in the United States Army, Governor McDonnell replaced former Governor Tim Kaine after soundly thrashing Democratic opponent Craig Deeds in November.

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TJ Apple of the Month: Virginia Crab

December 10, 2008
Common crabapples

Common crabapples

{This is the third post in a series on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite foods. For part I click here. For part II, click here.}

Jefferson was a genius in most everything he did, but he was inherently a practical one. His studies informed his practice of law early in his career; his knowledge of botany came into practice in the gardens of Monticello; his appreciation of architecture (namely Palladio) manifested into Monticello, Poplar Forest, and several other buildings; his love of European art adorned the walls of his home; the French cuisine he feasted upon came back with him and its recipes introduced to a young America; his passion for math meant his calculations for the construction of Monticello was to the 6th or 7th decimal point!

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