We're home -- and the trip was really very worthwhile! We learned quite a bit about Jefferson and his gardens, and have returned with many ideas for implementing our own Southern Garden.
The day we arrived, we walked throughout the gardens at the University of Virginia ... another designed garden by Jefferson -- small, walled gardens with incredible use of space, each tiny area beautifully appointed with evergreens and flowers, a good amount of shade from old, huge trees, and tiny niches for 'secret spaces.' My feet were so sore and my head so filled with ideas, that all I could manage that night was a view of my worn shoe! LOL