Our Favorite Spring Events at Monticello

Enjoy These April Spring Events at Mr. Jefferson’s Home

Monticello has so many wonderful events throughout the year! But if we had to pick a season at Thomas Jefferson’s home that is our absolute favorite, it would be spring.

With April flowers freshly in bloom, the seasonal temperatures near perfect, and the stunning beauty of the area, it’s no wonder Monticello takes full advantage of this lovely time of year. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned gardener, or you just flowers in the spring, Monticello will delight and inspire you!

That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite April events occurring at the former President’s home. Prepare to pack a bag because you’re going to love the splendor of Monticello and its grounds.

Founder's Day Monticello

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Founder’s Day 
April 12
9:45 a.m.-11 a.m.

Happy birthday, Mr. Jefferson! April 12thmarks the 276thanniversary of the third President’s birth. What better way to celebrate than with a ceremony on the West Lawn, featuring keynote speaker, Sylvia Earle, renowned oceanographer, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Ms. Earle is also the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.

And, of course, no birthday is complete without cake! Bring your sweet tooth.




spring flowers


Spring Wildflower Walk 
April 11, 13, 25 
(April 11 & 13 sessions are full)
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Nature lovers and hikers, book this one now! A perennial favorite, this three-hour, five-mile hike through the remote woodlands of Monticello fills up fast. It’s an intimate view of the wilder side of Monticello, including early spring flower treasures popping up, and lovely plant communities along the Rivanna River. Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes for those steep, muddy, uphill climbs.




Monticello Garden Week

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Historic Garden Week
April 27-May 4
$10 grounds-only pass

Every year, over eight days throughout the state, the Garden Club of Virginia welcomes 250+ of Virginia’s most beautiful homes, gardens, and historic landmarks. Monticello fits that bill nicely on all accounts.

You’ll be camera-snapping at every turn while enjoying the vivid colors and fragrances of their gardens in bloom!

Your ticket provides you access to flower and vegetable gardens, orchards, all outdoor exhibits, and shuttle service. You’ll see late blooming tulips, Iris, Phlox, European peonies, Canterbury Bells, European Columbine, and more. Stroll to your heart’s content! 




Monticello Open House

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Spring Open House
April 27
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

As part of Historic Garden Week, you’ll definitely want to visit Monticello’s nursery. Delight in inspiring display gardens of historic plants, enjoy guided tours, and find your favorite plants for sale.

Listen to Heather Veneziano of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as she presents on “Growing Edibles in Small Spaces.” She’ll share some wonderful ideas on how to grow an abundance of edible flowers, herbs, and vegetables in small and large spaces.





Monticello Vegetable Garden

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Insider’s Tour with the Vegetable Gardener
April 30
10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Take an informal walk with Monticello vegetable gardener, Pat Brodowski, and discover great gardening ideas, learn timeless techniques, and examine heirloom varieties. How can you use those varieties in your own kitchen garden?






Monticello Flower Garden

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Insider’s Tour with the Flower Gardener
April 30
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Debbie Donley, Monticello’s own flower gardener, gives an in-depth tour of Jefferson’s gardens. She will discuss sequential planting plans to maintain a continuous floral display, including early spring bulbs to late spring hardy annuals, perennials and biennials, and summer’s exuberant annuals that last until frost. Debbie will also demonstrate seed-saving techniques and plant grooming.



Kick off your spring season with a fragrant and beautiful visit to Monticello! From the mountain top views to the lush spread of the valleys below, Iris Inn is just a short, scenic 30-minute drive to Jefferson’s home.

Just give us a call and our friendly staff will have everything set up for you when you arrive! Book your reservation here and enjoy some Shenandoah Valley getaway time!