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Enduring Legacy: Gardening From Monticello to Leelanau County. Celebrated professional gardener, author and historic landscape authority Peter J. Hatch visits Leelanau County October 1‐3, for a series of public lectures and programs.
Hatch served as Director of Gardens and Grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for 35 years and has published four books on Monticello’s botanic legacy including: A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. He lectures extensively on Jefferson and the history of garden plants, and currently consults on public garden projects and private estate landscapes.
Wed., Oct. 1, 7pm: Introductory lecture, reception and book signing. “Thomas Jefferson, Gardener” provides an introduction to the themes that defined Jefferson’s horticulture, the process by which the gardens at Monticello were restored, and the character of the fruits, flowers and vegetable grown by him. A book signing follows. $25 admission includes refreshments.
Thurs., Oct. 2, 9am–1pm: Hatch explores the legacy of Jefferson’s gardening in a morning lecture that includes lunch. “Monticello’s Revolutionary Garden: an Ellis Island of Fruits and Vegetables,” highlight the 1,000‐foot‐long garden laboratory that inspired a new American cuisine and provided an enduring legacy for the farm to table movement today. Book signing to follow. $35 admission includes lunch and an opportunity to walk along the Crystal River with Peter Hatch, concluding at 2:15pm. Morning lecture is $20 for advance registrants; $25 for day‐of participants. The afternoon continues with a cooking demonstration with The Homestead’s Chef John Piombo, featuring apple recipes that celebrate the fall season accompanied by cider tasting.
The demonstration includes recipes featured in the 2014 Manitou Magazine. Advance registration is required with a fee of $50 per person.
Fri., Oct. 3, 8:30am: A trip with Peter Hatch to Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm in Northport. This special opportunity features an apple tasting and presentation by owner John Kilcherman who has made it his life’s work to cultivate antique varieties of apple trees that date to the early 1600s, from England, Europe and Colonial America. Meet at The Homestead at 8:30am for a continental breakfast. Transportation provided. Return by 12:30pm. Advance $25 per person; $30 on the day of the event.
Advance registration for each of the events is strongly encouraged and is required for the cooking demonstration.
Glen Arbor is beautifully situated between Lake Michigan and Glen Lake on M-22, about 35 minutes northwest of Traverse City.