For more than 30 years, the 650-acre farm south of Charlottesville has been the center of operations for the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, whose plant nursery has generated heirloom seeds, perennials and woody plants that have kept alive not just the plant varieties that Jefferson’ grew but also his passion for growing novelties. The nursery’s offerings are available at Monticello, online and at three open houses at the farm.

Thomas Jefferson’s Tufton Farm has a new mission as a model for farming in the 21st century. (Adrian Higgins//TWP)