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Great Gardens Of America By Tim Richardson

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An authoritative and superbly illustrated celebration of the great gardens of the United States and Canada, including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, featured both inside and on the front cover. Three hundred stunning color photographs by renowned garden photographer Andrea Jones accompany garden historian Tim Richardson's insightful text. Hardback, 304 pages.

Your purchase supports Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's mission of preservation and education. A wonderful gift for your favorite gardener or historian.

Thomas Jefferson, our first epicurean President, championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture. Our shared central Virginia heritage and mutual joy of gardening make an association with Monticello a natural connection. Join us at our booth as we celebrate Jefferson's legacy on gardening at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, in Charlottesville VA, September 14-15, 2012.

• Great Gardens Of America book by garden historian Tim Richardson
• 300 color photographs by garden photographer Andrea Jones
• Features Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, both inside and on the front cover
• Purchase supports Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
• A thoughtful and special gift for gardener or historian
• Hardcover, 304 pages

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The Olla: A Brief History

Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.


When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.


The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.


Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!

How it Works:


Water is pulled directly through the terra-cotta!


Read more about Ollas on our blog.

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