Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities: Section 2 – An Experimental Vegetable Garden

Duration: Up to 1 month

Students will study Jefferson’s concept of microclimate and water conservation at Monticello and they are given the opportunity to monitor their observations of  growing their own vegetable (a radish) similar to Jefferson’s detailed recordkeeping of his vegetable garden at Monticello.  Students will also discuss microclimate at Montalto (mountain next to Monticello); comparing and contrasting agricultural…

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  • A Socratic Discussion of Jeffersons decision to situate Monticello on a mountaintop     View  |  Download
  • The Socratic Circle     View  |  Download
  • Vegetable Growth Chart     View  |  Download
  • An Experimental Vegetable Garden     View  |  Download

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Grade Level

Middle School

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Interdisciplinary Connections

This unit correlates with English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies curricula and Humanities curricula.

Author Info

Darla Gerlach, EdD
Shaler Area Middle School
1810 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15101