Randalls Island Park Alliance

“A Rich Spot of Earth”

In New Ideas and Expansions on October 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

By Phyllis Odessey

You never know where inspiration will come from.  Last night, Eunyoung and Sebazco and I attended “A Rich Spot of Earth”, Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello given by Peter J. Hatch, the Retired Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello.

Hatch and Jefferson were both revolutionaries.  We know about President Thomas Jefferson, but how much do we know about the gardener, Thomas Jefferson.  After spending 35 years at Monticello, Peter Hatch knows a great deal and he shared it with us.

As we listened, Eunyoung whispered in my ear, “Let’s do a Thomas Jefferson Garden.”  OK.   Some of the vegetables we are looking to forward to planting:  West Indian Gherkins, Cow’s Horn Okra, Tennis Ball Lettuce, Red Calico Lima Beans, Blue Prussian Peas, Marrowfat Peas and China Rose Winter Radish.

Jefferson is famous for saying “the failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another.”  This quote is on a plaque in the White House Garden.  I think we will also add to Thomas Jefferson Garden on Randall’s Island.

If you know anyone or any organization or corporation, who would like to sponsor The Thomas Jefferson Garden on Randall’s Island, please contact me at: phyllis.odessey@parks.nyc.gov

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