Thomas Jefferson's interest
in gardening arose from a passionate curiosity about the natural world. From his
childhood home at Shadwell, where in his early twenties Jefferson recorded that 2,500
pea seeds would fill a pint jar, until 1825, when at the age of eighty-two he sought and later received from the former
governor of Ohio seeds of giant cucumbers, Jefferson had an unrelenting enthusiasm
for natural history and horticulture that was expressed in hi. . .
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