The Earth in Her Hands: Women in the World of Plants Growing a Better Tomorrow

In this inaugural HHF Virtual Series Event, Monticello welcomes top-selling author and Cultivating Place podcast host, Jennifer Jewell and her guests: Monticello’s Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange lead team member, Ira Wallace.

Join Jewell and these two nationally recognized plantswomen in a conversation that explores their respective careers— the plants, seeds, and gardens they have cultivated, efforts to raise awareness about food security, and growing truly good food.

Jewell’s new book, The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, charts the paths of groundbreaking women who, through their passion for plants and unflagging work to cultivate a better world, are creating change from the ground up.

Peggy Cornett, an award-winning historical gardener, has worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for more than thirty-five years. Cornett writes for garden magazines and plant journals and appears regularly as a headline presenter at horticultural conferences and on garden-related radio and television programs. Ira Wallace is a noted seed saver, author, and speaker who serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Wallace is a co-founder of Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival, now in its 14th year.

Can’t make the live event date? No problem! Ticketholders will receive a post-event link to enjoy the recorded program for a limited period of time.

Virtual Native Plant Sale Preview Party

A Virtual Native Plant Sale Preview will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 6-7 p.m. The proceeds of this event will support the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s conservation efforts and provides you with a special interactive evening with native plant experts.

During the event our conservation staff will highlight their favorite plant pairings using this year’s featured plant– Solidago. A final Q&A session will give you the opportunity to ask your questions about garden design, maintenance and more. Registration fee also includes a recipe for a specialty beverage featuring Mountain Mint!

9th Annual Native Plant Sale – State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Fall is the best time to plant so come visit the 2020 Connect to Protect nativeplant sale this October. It’s an online only sale this year, with scheduled plant pickup time, but just as grand! The focus of this year’s sale is the Year of the Pollinator with Solidago, a pollinator fall favorite. The Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies staff have grown Georgia natives and pollinator friendly plants that are healthy and ready to be planted in your yard today!

Visit  for store access on Oct 1 and for instructions on how to schedule your pickup.