Peter Hatch Book Signing at Canopy

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Seth Vaughan. Photography Chris Brown.  |  Photos by Chris Brown
September 05, 2013
Event Date:
April 25, 2013

The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture’s Texas chapter brought in Peter Hatch to celebrate his new volume, A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, at Claire Smith’s Montrose bistro Canopy. Hatch served as director of gardens and grounds at Monticello from 1977 until 2012, during which time he oversaw the restoration of the eight-acre vegetable and fruit garden, as well as Jefferson’s 18-acre ornamental forest. ICAA board members and business partners Russell Windham and Bill Curtis (Curtis & Windham Architects) welcomed preservationists, historians and green thumbs to hear the author describe his work restoring the terraced gardens with the same plants and vegetables cultivated by Jefferson in his day. Rooted to their chairs: Cindy and Larry Burns, John DuPuy, Meg Morris, Julie Koch, David Samuelson, Cedar Baldridge, and scribe Stephen Fox.