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  • Boston is a great place to learn about Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello

    Boston Magazine - 07/25/2014

    “Boston is a great place to study Thomas Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello,” says Jane Amidon, associate dean for graduate programs and research, professor and director of Northeastern University’s Urban Landscape Program, and instructor for MFA’s third and final “Great American Gardens ” session on Jefferson’s love before he became a politician.

    “At the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts holds Jefferson’s house, farm, and garden books as well as many drawings of the gardens and the landscape planning process.” Amidon is a scholar of modern landscapes but is interested in Monticello because it holds clues to several uniquely American attitudes toward shaping modern land—like selectively curating native woodlands instead of imposing new arrangements.

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