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!

Poinsettia care begins with proper light, water, and temperature conditions. During the holidays, while in full bloom, they typically enjoy semi-cool, humid locations in bright, indirect light with plenty of moisture. Poinsettia plants should be watered thoroughly, taking care not to drown them by ensuring adequate drainage is available. Likewise, avoid letting them sit in […]


The first picture you see is the Christmas tree at Congress and the second is a wreath hung in Monticello. Christmas As it is for many people today, Christmas was for Thomas Jefferson a time for family and friends and for celebrations, or in Jefferson’s word, “merriment.” In 1762, he described Christmas as “the day of greatest […]

Thomas Jefferson and Christmas

Trick some tulips, daffodils, or crocus into early bloom, and you’ll be enjoying spring months ahead of time. Forcing bulbs inside is a super easy technique that’s simply a sleight of hand—a trickster’s way to get blooms by faking out your flowers about what season it really is. It involves very little effort and a […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Forcing Bulbs