Peter J. Hatch is a professional gardener and historian with thirty-eight years' experience in the restoration, care and interpretation of historic landscapes. A celebrated author of four books on the gardens of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, where he served as Director of Gardens and Grounds for thirty-five years, Hatch has lectured in thirty-six states on Jefferson and the history of garden plants. Presently, he gardens and botanizes from his home on Lickinghole Creek in Crozet, Virginia, travels extensively to promote his latest work, A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, and consults on the installation and maintenance of public gardens and private estate landscapes.
A native of Michigan, Peter Hatch obtained an English degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an AA in Landscape Gardening from Sandhills Community College, Southern Pines, North Carolina. Between 1974 and 1977 he served as Horticulturist at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, where he recreated the historic eighteenth-century gardens of this Moravian community, cared for eighty landscaped acres owned by Old Salem, Inc., and developed interpretive programs for the public. Forsyth County Public Library and Old Salem Museums & Gardens are happy to welcome him back to Winston-Salem.Lecture and Book Signing