January Flower Lore: Carnations: January Flower Lore: Carnations Carnations, the flower of the month. Here are some interesting facts about this special, and used in many floral arrangements. The carnation is a long lasting flower and can be grown in your flower gardens! There is a whole sub-category of etiquette surrounding which flowers are appropriate […]

Flower Folklore

We are hoping 2021 brings you much joy and happiness. Stay safe and healthy this Holiday season. Blessing to all.


As the weather cools, the foliage on your tender bulbs will begin to turn yellow. This often happens after a light frost but before a hard freeze. Now’s the time to dig them up, before they are damaged by freezing soil. Very gently dig your plants by loosing the soil all the way around the […]


Flowers, perhaps more than any other part of the natural world, are fascinating because of the many layers of meaning people have shrouded them in throughout history. There is a whole sub-category of etiquette surrounding which flowers are appropriate to give at what times, and to whom. The unending rules surrounding something so simple as […]

August Flower Lore: Gladiolus and Poppy

It is the season for preserving all of our garden vegetables so today I thought I would share a recipe with you. Many of you have planted a garden for the first time or decided to try it again this year. INGREDIENTS 7 tablespoons lemon juice about 28 Roma tomatoes INSTRUCTIONS Start by setting out […]

How To Can Tomatoes

There is one garden task that is rather fun for this time of the year… fall planning! Start dreaming about what changes you’ll make this autumn – which plants to move around or new plants to buy.  Fall is a good time to plant different perennials, so give it some thought! It is hard to […]

What NOT to Do in the Garden!

Fresh tomatoes and herbs create a moist quick bread reminiscent of summer. Our fresh Herbs at Thomas Jefferson Gardens are ready to harvest! As soon as we have tomatoes we are going to try this recipe. INGREDIENTS 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 3 teaspoons […]


If you love lilies and black-eyed Susans, but hate the way they’re taking over your garden and choking out other plants, here’s what you can do:Many plants multiply by dropping seeds and by sending out roots that establish new plants. A layer of mulch will prevent the seeds from taking root. But to stop those aggressive roots, […]


Thanks to two of our board members our last musical instrument has been placed! Over the weekend the new instrument was added to the two that were already there. Feel free to play all three, I always enjoy listening to all that take time to play. The gardens are looking beautiful and waiting for visitors. […]


HOW TO MAKE HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS WITH HOMEMADE NECTAR Who doesn’t love hummingbirds? Learn how to make homemade hummingbird food and attract hummingbirds to your garden. HOW TO MAKE HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR Help these hard workers get a proper meal: nectar! Make your own nectar in just a few steps; it’s far less expensive than buying pre-made and the ingredients […]

Hummingbird Nectar

We will be having our annual Plant Sale so please join us! We are in the process of getting ready for our annual plant sale! It will be held on May 7th. @4:00-6:00, May 8th. @ 11:00-5:00, and May 9th. 9:00-2:00. This year for the first time we will be adding plants from our Prairie […]


I thought it would be fun to share a creative way to make a bird feeder! We love to feed our birds all year long. We have had a pair of Cardinals here for 20 years. When the snow is on the ground seeing those red birds against the white makes winter easier to accept! […]


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Plant Doctor Arrives!

How long do garden seeds last? How do you tell if your old seeds are still good? Let’s find out! Wintertime is the season when these questions matter. The gorgeous seed catalogs arrive in the mail, tempting you with beautiful photographs. But before you go crazy, it’s time to inventory your leftover seeds to avoid duplication and determine viability. Seeds […]


The Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County Board is initiating an occasional series entitled, “Understand Democracy.” While the Gardens and Welcome Center serve as Greene County’s Front Door for visitors, one of the original plans was also to provide education and information. The exact title for the building is the Education and Welcome Center. The […]


Thomas Jefferson Garden’s Concert, Saturday, August 7, 2021, 5:00 pm Get ready for a wonderful musical experience at the pavilion in Thomas Jefferson Gardens! We have two professional musicians who are members of the Van Gilder family visiting Jefferson from their homes in Colorado. Ryan Van Gilder will perform on several trombones. Brightin Rose Schlumpf […]


KEEP YOUR ROSES HEALTHY AND BLOOMING WITH THESE PRUNING TIPS PRUNING ROSES BY TYPE Hybrid and Floribunda Roses These roses bloom more than once per season and generally bloom on new wood. In late winter or very early spring, the roses need a good clearing out and cutting back before they start greening up and branching. About the time forsythias bloom, take […]