Looking east one the charming floral gardens of Tuckahoe – which has likely the site of pleasure gardens since the 1700’s, and for many years the site of vegetable gardens as well. Now, these gardens have been re-established to reflect Colonial design styles of straight lines and symmetrical plots. This was one of the original gardens featured in the 1929 Historic Garden Week, and it has continued to grow and flourish. The floral gardens evolve throughout the season: from tulips, peonies and old-fashioned favorites like love-in-a-mist in spring to sunflowers, zinnias and dahlias in late summer.
Tuckahoe’s gardens incorporate heritage seeds from plants that have grown on the property for generations, as well as heirloom seeds from Monticello that Jefferson himself grew. Some of the daffodils planted alongside the main walkway are over 100 years old.