The Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden, located at the University of Virginia’s Hereford Residential College, is a small-scale, Jefferson-focused teaching garden. Building upon Jefferson’s plans to install a botanical garden at the University, the TJ Demo Garden focuses on “objects of use” and boasts a plant collection based on Jefferson’s writings, comprising plants historically used for the production of food, medicine, textiles, dyestuffs, etc.
The TJ Demo Garden emphasizes education, and will hold workshops and programs to educate students as well as the public. The garden also allows for hands-on teacher/student collaboration that encourages intellectual growth and enhances the physical characteristics of Hereford’s academic community, all the while adhering to Hereford’s mission: to explore what it means to live responsibly as a sustainably-minded community.
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