Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gardening From Monticello to Leelanau County - The Homestead Welcomes Acclaimed Author & Historic Landscape Authority Peter J. Hatch

Celebrated professional gardener, author and historic landscape authority Peter J. Hatch will visit 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.

Sponsored by The Homestead in Glen Arbor, Hatch’s visit includes lectures, a walking tour, cooking demonstration with Chef John Piombo, and a special guided tour of Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove apple farm in Northport.

The three-day event kicks off on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm with an introductory lecture, reception, and book signing. “Thomas Jefferson, Gardener” will provide 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. Admission is $25 and includes refreshments; a book signing will follow.

On Thursday, October 2, from 9am–1pm, Hatch will explore the legacy of Jefferson’s gardening in a morning lecture that includes lunch. “Monticello’s Revolutionary Garden: an Ellis Island of Fruits and Vegetables” will 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. A book signing will follow. The $35 admission includes lunch and an opportunity to walk along the Crystal River with Hatch, concluding at 2:15pm. The morning lecture is $20 for advance registration ($25 the day of).

The afternoon will continue with a cooking demonstration with The Homestead’s Chef John Piombo, featuring apple recipes that celebrate the fall season, accompanied with cider tasting. The demonstration will include recipes featured in the 2014 Manitou Magazine. Advance registration is required, with a fee of $50 per person.

The program concludes Friday morning with a trip with 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. The morning begins at 8:30am at The Homestead with a continental breakfast. Transportation to the farm is provided, returning at 12:30pm. Advance registration is $25 per person ($30 on the day of the event).

Peter Hatch’s visit is supported by the Glen Lake Garden Club. Advance registration for each of the events are strongly encouraged and required for the cooking demonstration. Lodging packages including all lectures and events, accommodations and some meals starting at $116 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

For more information, to book a lodging package or to purchase tickets for individual lectures and events, call 231.334.5100 or click here for more information.

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