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Edwin Morris Betts (1892-1958) was professor of biology at the University of Virginia for thirty-one years. He first became interested in Jefferson's gardening and farming pursuits while studying the trees Jefferson imported from abroad for planting on the grounds of the University. His scholarly legacy also includes his editing of Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book.

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  • Series: Distributed by Unc Press for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • Hardcover: 766 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; annotated edition edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882886119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882886111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Khemprof TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book (1766-1824) annotated by Edwin Morris Betts is a book for the historical gardener and those who like to read of and about Jefferson's beautiful gardens of Monticello and Poplar Forest. This book contains relevant extracts from Jefferson's other writings making for a very interesting read.
This "Garden Book contains the most varied entries of all of Jefferson's memorandum books. The book that began as a diary of the garden became a written repository for numerous interests of Jefferson. Jefferson's entries range from contracts with overseers, plans for building roads and fish ponds, and observations on the greatest flood in Albemarle, to comments on Mrs. Wyethe's wine and figures on the number of strawberries in a pint measure.
This book contains a lot of Jeffersonian minutiae
and also shows Jefferson's love for nature and a very intensely observant eye as it caught almost every passing detail.
The tone of the narrative changes as to the subject written about, but nevertheless, you can read the emotions and the intensity.
Jefferson began the "Garden Book" in 1766 and continued it until the autum of 1824, two years before his death. The lapses in it were due to the time Jefferson had spent away from Monticello. Even in the years in which he spent much of his time at Monticello, the entries are often irregular. Planting activities, successes and failure are all noted within these pages. That introducing new plants into cultivation was a passion with Jefferson, he note them throughout the "Garden Book."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leimonade on March 2, 2011
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He really enjoyed the book! He commented/discussed it with several other people. It is written much like a diary or journal, so I thought it might be a bit tedious to read, but he liked it and that's what counts :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Johnson on April 26, 2014
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This is a true classic, gardening or not. I have loved reading every page. I highly recommend it to both gardener and those who do not appreciate gardening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert e. Lee jr. on June 16, 2015
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I consider Thomas Jefferson to be one of earliest masters of gardening-among other things. So any book relating to his life and works is worth owning. I thank the publishers for taking a chance and printing up these chapters for the general public to be able to view and use. He really was a master dabbler when it came to experimenting and seeking out rare and unique treasures. Can you imagine how he might have loved the availability of the internet of today?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gray on May 17, 2014
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Helped me get a sense of the plants Jefferson brought from France and Italy -- as well a good sense of his experimentation as a gardener.
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