Botanical garden

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Monticello is home to the area's only botanical garden[1].


According Lily Fox-Bruguiere, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson originally planned a botanical garden at UVa and got as far as appointing someone to oversee the plans before he died[2].

According to Sallie Brown, in the 1930s, there was a bird and wildflower garden in McIntire Park, built as a Work Progress Administration project[3].

McIntire Park proposals

Two groups, McIntire Botanical Garden and Charlottesville Botanical Garden, each had separate proposals for the creation of a new botanic garden in the east end of McIntire Park, precipitated by the construction of McIntire Road Extended through the park[citation needed]. The city eventually signed a memorandum of understanding with the MBG group. [4]

The Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park believed the gardens should be created on the site of the Rock Hill Gardens[5].


  1. Web. Virginia Garden Websites,, Minneapolis, MN, 2009, retrieved May 8 2011.
  2. Web. Charlottesville-Right Now: Lily Fox-Bruguiere, Charlottesville Podcasting Network, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 24 June 2009, retrieved May 8 2011.
  3. Web. Idea blooms for McIntire botanical garden, Rosen, Seth, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 22 June 2008, retrieved 22 June 2009.
  4. Web. Memorandum of Agreement between McIntire Botanical Garden and City of Charlottesville, McIntire Botanical Garden an the City of Charlottesville, September 29, 2015, retrieved October 13, 2015.
  5. Web. Clean Up Effort Continues at Charlottesville's Rock Hill Gardens, Liz Palka,, Gray Media, May 30, 2010