Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Michelle Obama's Garden

Some of veggies in the White House garden come from the same seeds sown at Monticello.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

It's brand new, but already the Obama vegetable garden has historical overtones. That's because some of the heirloom veggies come from the same types of seeds sown by slaves at former President Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia. Among them are brown Dutch and tennis ball lettuces, Savoy cabbage, and prickly seed spinach. "They were Jefferson's favorites," says Peter Hatch, director of gardens and grounds at Monticello. "There's this really profound Jefferson legacy for not only gardening but also the promotion of local food and New Age cuisine in the president's house," Hatch says.

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