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Thomas Jefferson’s gardens with Jennifer Milam
Thomas Jefferson’s gardens with Jennifer Milam
Presented as part of 'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' series

'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' is a series of fortnightly lectures hosted by the State Library of NSW on Tuesday evenings at 5.30 pm between 31 August and 9 November 2021 .

Thomas Jefferson described his building projects as a favourite amusement, understood in Enlightenment terms not as a trivial pursuit, but as a use of time in which knowledge and ideas were developed and conveyed as a form of pleasurable diversion. Incorporated into his two most significant private building projects were landscape gardens that included ornamental plantings and planned views out into the American landscape. His properties at Monticello and Poplar Forest were experimental grounds on which he sought to give physical form to his ambitious philosophical, political and aesthetic ideals.

Nov 9, 2021 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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