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For those who like the Maestro of Monticello’s home residence and one or more of the following : A) not paying full price; B) Hanging pictures of historical homes on your wall; C) growing things; D) growing things that TJ himself did – read on!
Mr. Jefferson’s observant son-in-law spotted this plant at Monticello in 1791.
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!
Sounding like a prehistoric, miniature horse (that would be Eohippus to the dinosaur-savvy), Esopus Spitzenburg was considered one of TJ’s four favorites. Like the mighty A.P., Esopus Spitzenburg was a dessert fruit. Despite cultivating less than two dozen trees, Monticello’s most famous Pomologist, apparently journalled (read: blogging in pre-Internet times) more about Esopus Spitzenburg than any other kind.
Source: The Twinleaf Journal
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