Fridays at the festival are a more relaxed, slower day than Saturdays, and I found lots of time to wander the magnificent grounds and gardens. Unfortunately, there are no pictures to post tonight, because I forgot to bring the proper camera/laptop coupling cord. Stay tuned for those...maybe early next week.
Early this afternoon I attended a walking tour of Jefferson's garden (adjacent to Monticello) led by Peter Hatch. Peter talked about Jefferson's garden diary and how he was as transparent with his failures as his successes (kind of reminds me of my garden blog!)....it was actually comforting to realize that Jefferson treated his garden as series of projects, with lots of data collection and experimentation. I've always felt that way about my gardens - they are my own personal laboratories.
Tomorrow will consist of my tomato talk, followed by time spent shuttling between the Seed Swap and Tomato Tasting tents. On Sunday I will participate in a regional gathering of Seed Savers Exchange members, where we will discuss all matters particular to the goals and needs of seed savers in the South East region. Then it will be a return to home, and I am already looking forward to that, since I always miss my wife and pets when I am away.
Pictures to come soon!